Preservation of potency – the basis of quality and joy of life for every sexually active men. Considering the future aging of the body, the influence of civilizational factors (alcohol, nicotine, drugs, pollution, stress) and various diseases (diabetes, obesity, hypertension, etc.), as male potency is getting worse.
Male potency and age
With age, along with the graying hair and creaking joints are beginning to age and blood vessels that affect the potency of men. They form the plaques that hinder blood flow to the penis. This means that some of the tissue around the vessels are deprived of oxygen and nutrients.
To 40 years, less than 10% of men worry about their erections, and after 40 – more than 50%. Over the years, this problem increases and becomes relevant for the vast majority of men.
Another problem is that after 40 years it begins to decrease the level of testosterone production by the testicles. Testosterone supports cardiovascular health, muscle mass, bone density and body tone. Studies conducted on animals have shown that low testosterone levels affect the tissue of the penis.
In the tissues of the penis has testosterone receptors, which binds with the hormone are more effective. Therefore, a lack of the male sex hormone affects the efficiency of these receptors, which in turn makes it difficult penile erection (rigidity of the penis is clearly insufficient). This stage males are often called "male culmen" or "in andropause". However, unlike female menopause, which affects their fertility, it is not as dramatic for men.
Among the other most common mental change occurring in 40-65 years of age, is a violation of concentration, fatigue, disturbances of perception. We can add to them and such physical factors as: decreased visual acuity, pain in the joints and is often a set of excess weight (obesity). All this inevitably leads to a decrease in sexual activity and efficiency, which is as follows:
- In a state of arousal – with age, the man needs more time and more direct stimulation. In addition, we also notice a weakening of the rigidity of the penis during erection.
- Plateau phase – this phase is longer, the ejaculation is delayed and much less noticeable.
- Phase resolution (ejaculation and orgasm) is a sensation of orgasm lasts shorter and weaker, ejaculate volume is much less.
Nevertheless, regular sexual activity can help to maintain an erection and perhaps even extend the duration of sexual activity. Studies show that men over the age of 50, having at least two orgasms a month, have a longer sex life than those who do not have any. The benefits of sex, both physically and psychologically can be read in the following article.
One of the main lessons of male virility is that an active sex life creates a virtuous cycle – it makes erectile dysfunction less likely, protect the men's prostate and even stops the penis decrease with age. Scientific studies prove that sexual activity can be enjoyable even in old age. But only if you care about your potency!
The relationship of male potency and overall health
Problems with achieving and maintaining an erection can be a symptom of other major diseases.
Depression undermines sexual desire. At the same time, antidepressants can often hinder sexual function because they reduce desire in the brain. Although some drugs, such as tricyclic antidepressants, is often used to treat mental health problems, can spontaneously cause an erection, perhaps because they cause metabolic changes.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be an early symptom of multiple sclerosis, which damages the nerves. 5 to 10% of male patients with multiple sclerosis suffer from ED.
Erection problems can also be the first sign of diabetes, because high blood sugar level prevents the automatic production of nitric oxide, a substance that relaxes the smooth muscle of blood vessels. In addition, the sugar in the blood destroys the walls of blood vessels.
Difficulties with erection can be linked with atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries (risk factors include high cholesterol level, Smoking, alcohol, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity). Even a small blockage of the arteries of the penis can lead to poor erection.
Studies show that 50 to 75% of men with disease of the arteries of the penis will also have the early stages of blocked arteries around the heart. Erectile dysfunction may be an important early symptom of heart disease.
Why sleep is so important to maintain male potency?
While we sleep, our body is a kind of "maintenance and repair" of all our cells and tissues, including the genitals. During the night men experience a 3-5 morning erections (of course, the term "morning" is conditional), which are believed to be crucial for the health of the penile tissues. Moreover, these erections may not be linked to any sexual stimulus.
A healthy night's sleep has several stages. "Morning" erections occur during the REM stage of sleep (rapid eye movement).
Erection occurs when blood fills the cavernous body of the penis. Increased blood flow means greater delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues of the penis. Without this regular flow, the fabric may experience a shortage of oxygen. Studies show that it can even cause damage to the tissue layer and affect the ability of the penis to be hard. In fact, the scientists found that men who have reduced or disappears automatic night erection, difficult to maintain erection during wakefulness.
These types of issues can be the result of a violation of the sleep cycle caused by taking sleeping pills or working night shifts. Men who no longer experience automatic morning erections, you should contact your family doctor. This is especially important if there is difficulty maintaining or obtaining erection during the preparation and during sexual intercourse.
The period of time until the next excitation
After ejaculation male libido can again reach a peak for several hours or even several days (for each individual). It is a period of sexual rest, coming after ejaculation. It is called the refractory phase. Starts this phase with the instantaneous and simultaneous receipt of two types of chemicals – adrenaline and endorphins. The adrenaline causes a narrowing of the arteries in the penis, which leads to restriction of blood flow to the muscles of the penis and reduce them. Meanwhile endorphins cause a feeling of calm and euphoria.
Over time, these chemicals neytralizuya and the body begins to produce nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and allows blood to flow normally again to the penis.
In men older refractory phase lasts longer, perhaps because the start of production by the body of nitric oxide takes more time.
The refractory phase can vary from one minute for a 16-year-olds and up to one month for an 80-year-old man. If this phase is extended for a short period of time then this may be a consequence of depression or decrease the level of testosterone. Studies have shown that men with low testosterone levels often complain that they find it difficult to achieve erection.
Why nerves can ruin the moment?
When a man is constantly concerned about his sexual "performance," starts a vicious circle. Fear of failure (fail) means that instead of relaxing the stress comes, which causes the production of adrenaline, blocking the erection. The more failures a man, the more he tries to avoid sex, and his fear increases and the desire disappears. In turn, the absence of desire leads to a drop in the level of luteinizing hormone (luteotropin, lutropin), known as the hormone crucial to sexual "appetite". Each hormone is produced when you have sex, but if you don't have sex, the brain reduces its production because there is no more need for it. This process can take several months or years, but eventually will lead to a decrease in the number of spontaneous erections, which only exacerbate anxiety men. Men of all ages can suffer from fear of failure.
In addition, the lack of sex reduces the access of oxygen to the tissues of the penis, which in turn leads to weaker erections, which only adds to the problems with potency.
Prostate health and male potency
One out of ten men at some stage of life developing prostate cancer. In this case, you may need removal of the prostate or part of it, can affect sexual health. Why care for the prostate is very important.
The prostate produces two-thirds of the seminal liquid which, with sperm form semen. The iron itself begins to age faster than the body as a whole. This is due to absence of large blood vessels. The supply of blood occurs through small vessels, and this means that the tissue receives little oxygen and nutrients.
Many men have is enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia), although it is not clear why this is happening. The result of the prostate gland surrounding the urethra compresses it, disrupting the flow of urine and ejaculation. Part of this enlarged prostate can be removed surgically, but it can cause damage to some valves in the urethra, resulting in release of sperm into the bladder and not from the body. This process is known as retrograde ejaculation.
Gland is surrounded by two bundles of nerves that are vital for maintaining erection. If the gland turns cancerous, it needs to be removed surgically. While nerves can be damaged, which affects sexual function.
Suffering from prolonged arousal (priapism)
Prolonged excitation of the penis may seem to be a happy occasion, but a nightmare for those who suffer from priapism, which occurs when blood cannot drain due to blockage in the arteries of the penis. The reason for this not exactly known. This can occur without any sexual activity, the result of leukemia (blood cancer changes the shape of red blood cells), or from penile trauma. Most often it is caused by sickle-cell anemia, where red blood cells are sickle-shaped. This condition causes pain and if not treated quickly, can lead to blood stagnation and inflammation. May also develop gangrene. It is treated with injections of medication that helps to drain the blood from penile.
The age-old concern of men
The vast majority of men have no reason for concern about the size of your penis because from a medical point of view, a true small penis is a penis less than 5 cm, which is a very rare case. The average length of an erect penis is 15cm (from 11.5 to 19 cm). The length of the average flaccid (not erect) penis of 9.5 cm.
In aging healthy men the size of his penis may slightly decrease due to changes in blood flow through the blocked artery at the same time, the collagen, which helps to keep the shape of fabric, with age, becomes less effective. However regular sexual activity can minimize the loss in size.