It’s Not a Big Deal, It Happens to Everyone

Yep, if you’re a guy you know what I’m talking about just from reading the title.  The truth is, erectile dysfunction (ED) (which so sounds like Houston-we-have-a-problem) does happen to all guys at one time or another.  The problem can occur at any age, and is really only a problem if it persists over a period of about three months.  Another common problem guys experience (especially younger men) is that of rapid or premature ejaculation (RE), when ejaculation occurs before, upon, or shortly after penetration with minimal stimulation.  Bummer.

Although almost always stress and fatigue are the reasons why a man can’t get it up (or keep it up), guys being guys tend to wig out when they experience an unfortunate erection or when Two Pump Chump becomes their theme song.

The problem isn’t with your protuberance, fellas.  The culprit is a weak pelvic floor.  Huh?

The muscular structures that underlie your penis and testicles are referred to as the pelvic floor.  Didn’t know you had one, you say?  No problem, I’ll help you find it in three easy steps:

  1. Imagine that you’re peeing (HINT: Don’t do this after a few too many pale ales).  When you locate the muscle group, pretend that you’re “starting” and “stopping” the flow of urine. Your penis and testicles are moving up and down, you say? GREAT! You found your pelvic floor muscles.
  2. Tighten the muscles and hold for 3-5 seconds. Tighten. Relax. Tighten. Relax. Do about 7 sets of the tighten/relax exercises in one set. Do four sets a day to begin, and gradually increase to 15 sets a day.
  3. Once you are comfortable with 15 sets a day, challenge the ol’ buddy a little further—incorporate short flexes.  Begin to incorporate a series of quick, one-second contractions into your pelvic floor exercise routine.  Do about 30 quick flexes and then do one long contraction, holding the muscles as long as you can. Repeat. (And—no squeezing your butt cheeks, that’s cheating!)

In about a month’s time you’ll notice that ED and RE are distant memories.

What’s that? Multiple orgasms, you ask? Stop back by in a couple of days (and I’ll probably end up being your best friend).

dr. w



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