10 Tips for Men's Sexual Health

Prevention is possible

Many men are unaware that there are things they can do to take care of their sexual health and prevent problems before they occur. Here are 10 tips for men's sexual health.

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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 fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat, whole grains, and low-fat milk.

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Exercise on a regular basis

Here's another great reason to hit the gym: 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

Many doctors agree that smoking is a significant 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. It damages the small arteries that send blood to the penis, making it difficult at times to maintain an erection.

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Learn how to manage stress

Stress can lead to sexual problems. It leaves you feeling exhausted, worried, uptight, and 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

No, kegels aren't just for women. Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles that connect the base of the penis with the tail bone. These muscles act to control the flow of fluids through the urethra. Through kegels, you learn how to delay ejaculation 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

Lubricants can help gain a freer range of motion and increase sexual enjoyment. Did you know there are many different types of lubricants for different purposes? These include those best for “solo” activities and those best for if your partner is looking to get pregnant. Lubricants can also help prevent tears that increase the risk of infection.

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Visit your doctor every year

It's no secret that many men don't like going to the doctor, but if you want to maintain your health, you should have a physical checkup 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

It's true: 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

Some men take illegal drugs (or legal in some states) 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. Some prescription drugs also can cause issues, so be aware of those as well.

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Maintain a positive attitude

Medical studies show that men who have a positive attitude toward life also have a better sex life. So why not smile and try to keep your spirits up?

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