Why You Can’t Keep An Erection

An erection is pretty much straight forward, either you are erect or not erect and since penises have a mind of their own, you might struggle to get fully hard some times.

Other times, the penis might start rock hard from the beginning of sexual act only to become soft when things get really heated up.

For a man to get an erection, his hormones, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels all work together for his penis to become hard. When a man becomes sexually aroused, it triggers the release of neurotransmitters, these chemical messengers tell blood vessels in the penis to dilate so that more blood can enter. Now, as blood rushes into the penis, it expands and becomes rigid. After ejaculation, the blood vessels to the penis open up again, allowing the blood to leave and the penis softens.

When this process does not run smoothly, he may have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. It is normal for erection problem to occur occasionally but if it happens most of the time, you should seek medical help(chat with our medical expert on WhatsApp).

Erection problems is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. When this is talked about, most people assume it affects only older men, but No! This is a growing issue for younger men too as this is a very common problem in men.

If you’re struggling to get or keep a full erection for most of the time you want to engage in sex, then let’s check out the reasons the erection is failing to rise to the occasion.

Causes Of Erection Problems

1. Psychological factors

Thoughts and emotions influence your response to sex and can distract a man from getting sexually aroused.

Also, unresolved issues in your relationship, depression, stress, performance anxiety; all of this will interrupt in you getting a firm erection.

2. Physical factors

These causes of erection problems are more common in older men and affects your nerves and blood vessels responsible for causing an erection. This include medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, Peyronie’s disease, liver or kidney disease, high cholesterol and even sleep apnea.

3. Lifestyle factors

Your day-to-day activities greatly influences your sexual function and unhealthy factors makes it harder to get and keep an erection.

Factors like smoking(weakens the pathway responsible for the release of nitric oxide that relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow in your penis), alcohol(chronic and persistent alcohol use led to sexual dysfunction in men), poor diet(obesity itself is a risk factor for ED), lack of exercise(being inactive makes it harder to control your weight and hurts your heart, both contributors to ED).

Treating Erectile Dysfunction

Treatment options for erectile dysfunction include:

1. Oral medications such as Vigrx capsules, Cialis(tadalfil), Levitra, Viagra.

2. Intracavernosal injections – this is a drug injected into the base of your penis that relaxes the smooth muscles of your penis and increases blood flow.


3. Use of vacuum pumps – this is a tube that fits over your penis, it’s used as a work out tool for the penis and uses air pressure to engorge the blood vessels in your penis helping to correct erection problems and helps to get harder erections.

4. Lifestyle changes – make some adjustments around you like stopping tobacco use, drinking less alcohol, eating a healthy diet, getting sleep and caring out a few exercises.

Please note:

  • Erection problems is a common problem
  • Research shows that in young men age 17 to 30, erection problems have more to do with their lifestyle and mental health.
  • Physical causes are the more common causes of erection problem in older men. By physical causes we mean heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and the likes.
  • Medications, lifestyle changes, and other interventions can help solve the issue of erection problems.

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