Erectile dysfunction is also described as Impotence, a real bullet in a man’s life. An impotent man in the current era will face various fears due to the social stigma associated with it.
The failure of a man to attain or maintain an erection during sexual intercourse is described as Erectile Dysfunction. Much as there is no direct theory to the cause of erectile dysfunction, fertility experts explain that a man’s diet or foods consumed on the daily basis may be the trigger or pose a risk factor for erectile dysfunction.
Normally, impotence or erectile dysfunction is caused by the narrowing of the blood vessels or any other chronic health issues that are uncontrolled. In the old days, erectile dysfunction was common in aging men, particularly men aged from 50 years and above. Age-related erectile dysfunction was considered normal, but the hiking rate of erectile dysfunction in young males is a general issue that can’t be overlooked.
Foods that can lead to Erectile Dysfunction.
According to fertility experts, western foods or fast foods with refined carbs, sugars, and processed foods can have an impact on sperm motility. Specifically;
- Artificial sweeteners
- Fatty food
Considered as unhealthy diet, these foods are rich in trans-fats that can lead to obesity, changes in the hormone levels, which has a significant impact on sperm quality and motility.
Being overweight has other negative impacts such as reducing the testosterone levels, which can result in erectile dysfunction. Other risk factors for erectile dysfunction include;
- Smoking/tobacco use
- Anxiety & fatigue
- Stress/psychological issues
Recommended foods to treat Erectile Dysfunction and preserve fertility
Generally, home-prepared foods, Omega-3 fatty foods, fruits, and vegetables are recommended to reduce the effect of erectile dysfunction and improve male fertility. Consider these foods
- Sweet potatoes
- Dark Chocolate
The above-mentioned food categories aid in boosting sperm quality, improve sperm motility, and concentration.
An active life characterized by physical exercises is recommended to reduce weight. Also, exercises to eliminate belly fat, which increases temperature levels in your private parts are recommended.
Men with impotence or erectile dysfunction must also pay keen attention to a possibility of Parkinson’s disease, high cholesterol levels, multiple sclerosis, Peyronie’s disease and metabolic syndrome.
How is Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Treated?
A consultation with a fertility expert is the first step to treating erectile dysfunction. The discussion will include your health history, and any current medical conditions.
An examination of the prostate will be conducted and blood or urine tests will also be required. Possible ED treatments to improve blood flow to the penis include;
- Alprostadil among others
Planning a Family
In case of Erectile Dysfunction, starting a family may be difficult since there are no reliable sperms for fertilization. At our hospital, procedures like PESA, TESA, or MESA can be conducted to surgically retrieve the sperms from the male organ.
In case the sperms aren’t viable, donor sperms can be considered to start a family. Managing ED can be done by reducing stress, alcohol intake, and living an active life