Men's Sexual Health

10 Tips for Men's Sexual Health

HealthCentral Editorial Team Jan 8th, 2013 (updated Oct 26th, 2016)
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All men want to be health and in many cases they try and take care of themselves. Many men are unaware that they can also take care of their sexual health and prevent problems before they occur.

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Eat a healthy diet
Eat a healthy diet

You are what you eat. What's on your plate can affect your performance in the bedroom. By eating healthy foods that are rich in nutrients and low in fats, you will keep your "sexual" system in good working order. Strive for a balanced diet with plenty of furits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat, whole grains, and low-fat milk.

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Exercise on a regular basis
Exercise on a regular basis

Hit the gym to get it on. Men who aren't active may find themselves with sexual problems. Exercise increases confidence and libido. Check with your physician before starting a program of regular cardio and strength training. 

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Stop smoking
Stop smoking

Many doctors agree that smoking is one cause of sexual dysfunction in men. Studies have found that a majority of men who suffer from erectile dysfunction are smokers. Smoking can also reduce sperm count and quality. Smoking damages the small arteries that seend blood to the penis, making it difficult at times to maintain an erection.

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Learn how to manage stress
Learn how to manage stress

Stress can lead to sexual problems. It leaves you feeling exhausted, worried, uptight, and very nervous. If you allow stress to manage your life, it will feel out of control. Learn stress management techniques like deep breathing and meditation. Find ways to handle anger and sadness. You'll soon see the benefits of relaxation in the bedroom.

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Do kegel exercises
Do kegel exercises

Kegel exercises strengthens the muscles that connect the base of the penis with the tail bone. These muscles act to control the flow of fluids through the uretha. Through kegels, you learn how to delay ejaculatio to heighten orgasms. To locate the muscles, try stopping the flow of urine. These are the muscles you need to tighten. Squeeze the muscles, hold for a few seconds, then relax. 

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Use lubricants
Use lubricants

As men grow older, they often gradually lose sensitivity in their penis. Lubricants can help men with this problem to gain a freer range of motion and increase sexual enjoyment.

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Visit your doctor every year
Visit your doctor every year

It's no secret that men don't like going to the doctor, but if you want to maintain your health, you should have a physical check-up at least once a year. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you have. If you're sleeping with more than partner or if you start sleeping with a new partner, it's important to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

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Drink less alcohol
Drink less alcohol

Bottoms up may keep it down. The more you drink, the more at risk you are for erectile dysfunction. Alcohol may make you feel sexier by lowering inhibition, but it also reduces libido, causes erectile problems, and can make it harder to orgasm. 

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Don't do illegal drugs
Don't do illegal drugs

Some men take illegal drugs to get high, thinking that it will enhance their sexual experience. However, in most causes drugs have the opposite effect. To avoid erectile dysfunction don't do drugs.

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Maintain a positive attitude
Maintain a positive attitude

Medical studies show that men who have a positive attitude towards life also have a better sex life. So, smile and try to keep your spirits up.