Complaining of an unsatisfying sex life? Do you know how your habits might be killing your erection.
7:00 A.M. Wake up exhausted If youre too busy to snooze, its your erection youll lose. Its a terrible rhyme, but the science is airtight. Even in younger men, less than five hours of shut-eye per night could slash daytime testosterone levels by up to 15 percent.
9:00 A.M. Ride your bike to the office Bicycle seats can kill boners, especially narrow saddles. The pressure on the perineum-the real estate between the anus and genitals-can damage erectile tissue, argues Irwin Goldstein, M.D., director of San Diego Sexual Medicine.
10:00 A.M. Pop pills for a nagging knee Multiple studies have found that the consistent use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like Advil and Motrin) is related to decreased testosterone levels, ED, and loss of desire. See a doc or physical therapist, already.
3:00 P.M. Skip the gym Activity is an erection preserver, says Helle Gerbild of Aalborg Universitys Center for Sexology Research in Denmark. Its also a reviver: 40 minutes of at least moderate exercise four times a week for six months may improve erectile problems.
10:00 P.M. Forget to brush your teeth If you dont brush and floss for your smile, do it for your penis. Periodontal disease can make you more likely to suffer from ED.
10:15 P.M. Watch TV in bed Use it or lose it is true, but it doesnt take much to see improvement. A 2007 Finnish study found that men who had sex just once a week-compared with, well, men with any amount less than that-were 50 percent less likely to have ED. Three-times- a-week guys were 80 percent less likely to have it. The blood flow that a boner brings prevents scar tissue that can cause ED.