If you experience erectile problems only occasionally, there are steps you can take on your own to help address—and even solve— the problem. Even if your erectile dysfunction (ED) needs to be treated medically, these strategies can help restore your sexual potency.
- If you smoke, quit. Smoking increases the risk of ED.
- Get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked regularly, and do what’s necessary to keep them at healthy levels.
- Exercise for 30 to 60 minutes most days—walk, cycle, swim or perform a sport you like.
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption— no more than two drinks a day. How much heavy drinking contributes to recurring erectile problems is not clear. But drinking too much alcohol at any one time acts as a depressant on the central nervous system, slowing sexual response and making it harder to get and maintain an erection.
- If you think one of your medications may be causing ED, ask your doctor if you can switch to another drug or take a lower dosage.