If you have a penis, you probably know how common it actually is to either get an erection at the wrong time, or not get an erection at the right time. And the latter is more common than you may think.
In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that 15 percent of men between the ages of 20 and 39 are occasionally having a bit of an issue when it comes to getting hard.
No sweat, though! We’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on how to get harder erections, so that you can thrive—no matter what stage of life you’re in!
5 Ways to Get Harder Erections
1. Cock Rings
Cock rings have often gotten a bad rep because they’re seen by many as a device worn by men who are experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Today however, there are tons of cock rings available that are used as a couples toy, vibrations and all.
Take the WeVibe Pivot Couples Ring, for example. This sleek number is worn by him during sex, assisting in a harder erection. And with its sexy vibrations, she gets some clitoral action at the same time. In this way, both partners win. An excellent solution for men who would rather not discuss their intimate thoughts with their partner, right?
2. Erection-Boosting Beverages
Did you know that caffeine has been shown to improve blood flow? This is because it causes the muscles to relax, which in turn, can enhance a man’s ability to get and keep an erection. We suggest black coffee or unsweetened tea as a healthier option.
Additionally, you could try a libido tea. The Organic Desire Libido Tea is used as a sexual enhancer for both men and women, as it helps stimulate nerve sensitivity. Basically, it’s a combination of natural aphrodisiacs that assist in increased blood flow and sensitivity.
3. Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises are not just for women, you know! Men too can strengthen their pelvic floor which can help keep blood from leaving the penis. This is because kegel exercises work by pressing on a key vein.
How do you practice doing kegels? Tighten and hold your pelvic floor for about five seconds (this is, for example, when you stop yourself peeing mid stream), then relax the pelvic muscle. Aim for around 10 to 20 of these three to four times a day.
You know what’s even better? A study found that kegel exercises coupled with a few lifestyle changes showed impressive results when it came to getting harder erections. Incorporating a healthy amount of almonds, potatoes, eggs, bananas, spinach, and beans in your diet, decreasing your alcohol intake, and quitting smoking, are all positive things that’ll help aid in strong, longer lasting erections.
4. Use a Fat Boy Sleeve
A Fat Boy Sleeve is a nifty pleasure product that adds considerable girth to the penis. It’s a stretchy sleeve that feels realistic, and stays nicely in place due to its closed tip.
How to use it? You simply wrap the thick loop around the base of the scrotum, and voila. In fact, this sleeve has even been said to be effective when flaccid.
5. Keep Your Blood Pressure in Check
As you may well know, getting an erection is all about blood flow. And when one has high blood pressure, there’s a possibility of damaging blood vessels. This could then lead to problems when it comes to getting and keeping an erection.
Keep an eye on your blood pressure by having regular check ups, and making a few adjustments in your diet, such as reducing the amount of sodium intake, exercising, and losing a few pounds (if you’re rocking a dad bod, that is).
It’s also important to keep an eye on your stress levels. During stress, the body releases a cocktail of hormones which can then increase your blood pressure, causing your blood vessels to narrow.
If you’re feeling stressed, you could use techniques like meditation or yoga, directly address the issue that’s causing stress (if that’s an option), see a professional, get enough sleep, and/or create a space that makes you feel more calm and relaxed (take a bath, light a candle, or be with a loved one, for example).
Again, if you’re experiencing some difficulties achieving and maintaining an erection, it really is not that uncommon. If you’re very concerned, you could consider visiting your GP, but we suggest trying some of the above erection enhancements first!
Helena Lorimer, Sexual Health and Wellness Expert at JOUJOU