In the UK it is estimated that around half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 suffer from ED at some point in their lives.
Some evidence suggests certain modern-day medicines and products are lowering men’s testosterone levels, resulting in an epidemic of man boobs, premature balding and ED.
Nearly half of women blame themselves when their partner can’t perform between the sheets, according to research by Superdrug’s Online Doctor.
And nearly 80% of ladies under-estimate how common erectile dysfunction (ED) is.
But according to Dr Seth Rankin the main reason for erectile dysfunction has nothing to do with women.
Speaking to the Daily Star Online, the medic, who founded London Doctors Clinic, said: “In reality, a man might lose an erection for a number of different reasons – both psychological and physical.”
However, the single most common cause of erectile dysfunction is misusing drugs or alcohol – sometimes known as “pilly willy” or “whiskey dick”.
Alcohol is a depressant which leads to delayed reactions and dampened nerves, interfering with your bedroom performance.
A study by researchers at the University of Washington found that sober guys could get it up much more quickly than drunk men.
They also found that some guys can’t get an erection at all after boozing.
Scientists found pre-sex boozing decreases blood flow to your penis and reduces the intensity of your orgasm.
Long-term heavy alcohol use can also lead to long-term erectile dysfunction issues.
In fact, studies show that men who are dependent on alcohol have a 60-70% chance of suffering from sexual problems.
Cycling is a great form of cardio and can be extremely good for your health as it burns calories and strengthens your heart.
However, prolonged bouts of cycling can also be bad news for your penis.
This is because when men are cycling they put the bulk of their weight on the perineum, the bit of skin between the anus and the testicles.
Since the perineum acts as a conduit for the nerves and blood vessels supplying the penis, its prolonged compression can evoke erectile dysfunction.
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