If you are a man over 35, it should come as no surprise to you that male sexual enhancement is a big business. Viagra has racked up close to 2 billion dollars in annual sales every year since its introduction, now 20 years ago.
It has led to the introduction of many other prescription erectile dysfunction (ED) medications, such as Levitra and Cialis, as well as countless other techniques, devices, drugs and supplements, all claiming to increase sex drive and enhance male sexual performance.
Of course, the efficacy for Viagra and the other oral ED medications have been backed up by FDA approvals, based on years of clinical trials. But, like all drugs, prescription ED medications are not without their side effects.
Furthermore, there are some men — such as those with high blood pressure, diabetes, or other cardiovascular conditions — who cannot take these medications at all.
But, for these men, and for any man who would like to be a better lover, the good news is, there are many drug-free ways to improve your sex life.
Here is a list of 7 scientifically proven ways you can improve your sex life:
- Diet – You already know that a good diet is the secret to good health but did you know eating right can also be the secret to being better in the sack. The same type of diet that most doctors recommend for good health, one that is low in fat, high in lean protein, with a variety of whole grains and fruits and veggies – can also increase sexual performance and satisfaction. In addition, there is some truth to the claims of certain foods being an aphrodisiac. These include oysters, watermelon, coffee, dark chocolate, garlic, hot peppers, and olive oil.
- Maintaining good hormone levels – There are two critical hormones related to male sexual performance: testosterone and human growth hormone, or HGH. However, after 35, your levels of both of these crucial hormones start to decline significantly. Not coincidentally, that is around the same time most men begin to experience ED and other sexual performance issues. Learning how to naturally increase and maintain your levels of both, along with considering hormone replacement therapy, can turn your from a dud to a stud!
- Learn the truth about penis size – Men tend to be self-conscious about penis size, which can lead to anxiety and sexual performance issues. Most men are very misinformed about penis size. Yours is probably bigger than you think. Did you know that the average size of a flaccid penis is only 3 to 4 inches? Sexual experts say that a penis of any size can satisfy a woman, and in fact, that most women are not more “turned on,” or more satisfied by men with an overly large penis.
- Stress reduction – Stress has a negative impact on many aspects of physical and emotional well-being, and your ability to perform sexually is no exception.
Of course, if you are feeling particularly stressed out, you may not be in the mood for sex. But, stress has many actual physical effects on your body that can directly impact your ability to perform sexually. For one, it lowers your testosterone level. Testosterone is essential for normal erectile function as well as maintaining a healthy sex drive. Stress also increases the production of cortisol. Cortisol, the so-called stress hormone, further reduces the production of testosterone and has a negative impact on the production of “feel good” brain chemicals such as serotonin, which are essential for libido and sexual satisfaction.
If you want to be a better lover, find some ways to relax and chill out! Incidentally, research has found that having sex is a great way to relieve stress!
- Exercise – Of course, any kind of exercise is good for your overall performance, but getting into shape can make you more than just a better man at the gym or on the tennis courts. Any kind of workout that increases your strength and endurance for sports and physical performance is only going to do the same for you in the bedroom. Exercise also raises the levels of endorphins, or the “feel good” chemicals of the brain. As mentioned above, endorphins also increase libido and sexual performance. Certain exercises such as weight lifting and strength training, have been shown to increase your levels of HGH and testosterone.
And, finally, getting in shape will also make you feel better about being naked!
- Reduce alcohol consumption – One glass of wine can help you and your lover to get into the mood. But have you ever heard the term “whiskey dick?” It turns out heavy drinking can lead to erectile difficulties. Close to 75% of men with a diagnosed drinking problem, also have ED.
- Don’t be afraid to get creative – Sometimes performance issues, especially among couples who have been together for a long time, is simply a matter of boredom. Sexual therapists say do not be afraid — or embarrassed — to try new things. Experiment with new positions, try some costumes or role play, think about new positions, or introducing sex toys.