Why does it seem as though there are hundreds of male sexual enhancement supplements out there? Because there are and because there always has been. And because there always will be.
Men want to believe fixing their sexual health problems is as easy as taking a pill. Better yet, how about forgetting the prescription and getting an over-the-counter fix? This is especially true when it comes to men’s sexual matters and being reluctant to talk with your doctor about your sex life.
So along comes an ad for male supplements that claim they’re better than prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction. That’s great because you avoid the hassle and embarrassment of seeing a doctor to get a pill that works better than prescriptions. Is that wrong? Not at all, but first you need to know how and why these supplements can do the ED trick.
There are herbal supplements that can work for male sexual dysfunction and we’ll get to those but how do we know they work? Studies have been conducted where subjects are divided into research treatment groups. One group of participants takes a sugar pill, a placebo, and the other group gets the investigational medicine.
Here’s the wild thing about placebos. If you look at the initial clinical trials that brought Sildenafil, better known by its brand name, Viagra, to market, 30% of the men in the placebo group reported better erections! That’s right, 30%! No active ingredient, just the hope that the pill that man takes is going to improve his erections.
So, if a supplement has a similar effect, 30% of the men taking it are going to report a good result and probably tell their friends and provide testimonials.1
The food and drug administration (FDA) does not regulate supplements – only prescription drugs. A prescription drug has to go through years of research, starting in the laboratory, moving to animal studies and finally to highly monitored human trials.
Dealing with the underlying causes and potential cures can go a long way to treating ED.
Achieving and Maintaining a Healthy Sexual Outlook
Feeling romance in the air? Sexual health is a big part of your health and wellness journey. And just like every other area of fitness, there are ways you can give your body a little extra support to help maintain sexual vitality. We all want to feel confident when we get close to our partner and benefit from the affirming touch of our loved one.
Herbal supplements and natural aphrodisiacs have been used to support sexual well-being throughout history. Generations of men and women alike have turned to these natural solutions to ignite their passions, heighten senses and invigorate sexual experiences.
It may be normal to require more stimulation, or it may take longer to achieve an erection, but it’s typical for men of any reasonable age to be able to have regular sexual functioning.
To fuel your libido, boost longevity, enhance your sexual experiences or reinforce overall sexual health, you do have options.
Supplements Will Do Their Job
On the flip side of a healthy erection is the impotency issue or simply ED. Penile health concerns, like erectile dysfunction or ejaculation issues, can impact your daily life and may also be a sign of larger health issues.
The wide-ranging list of causes and risk factors for ED includes medications, health conditions, injury, smoking, and more. With that said, some questions need to be answered.
How well do these pills work? ED supplements produce an erection sufficient for intercourse in about 70% of men. But the results vary quite a bit from one individual to another. Taking a male enhancement supplement produces an erection sufficient to start intercourse in about 70% of otherwise healthy men.
How quickly do the pills work? How soon the supplements start working ranges from 15 to 60 minutes. Most will not work if you take them after a meal, which blocks their absorption. The onset time determines how soon you can engage in intercourse. Some supplements are closest to being an “on-demand” erectile drug; using the others requires more planning.
How to use these supplements properly? Some men try male enhancement supplements once or twice but find that the pills don’t work. Sometimes it’s because they used them incorrectly. That’s because the biggest misconception is that these drugs are an on/off switch for erections. But the drugs don’t work well without sexual stimulation. After ingesting, you need to be with your partner and engage in foreplay. Taking the pill and then watching a ball game or cutting the grass and then meeting in the bedroom thinking you’ll be ready to go will have a detrimental effect for sure.
How long do the pills last? The ED supplements break down at different rates in the body. The duration of action range from four hours to more than a day (depending on the dosage). Some enhancement pills will last through more than one cycle but that’s not guaranteed. To have sex more than once a day, read the instructions on the bottle and have at it!
Getting the Right Stuff
So why use male enhancement supplements? What’s effective? What actually works?
Some supplements have “stood up” to increased libido and sexual endurance claims and have shown great improvement in men with ED. Finding the right one can aid in the duration of each sexual act and lead to a happy, satisfied life.
There are plenty to choose from but here are some of the more prominent promoters:
- L-citrulline is an amino acid that the body converts into nitric oxide, the hormone that causes improved blood flow to the penis
- Korean Panax ginseng is an additional supplement that opens up blood vessels and may help improve erections
- Pycnogenol also shows positive effects on penile blood flow.2
- Cistanche Tubulosa – increases sex hormone production
- Chinese Wolfberry – improves heart and liver efficiency
- Cynomorium – increases sperm and testosterone production
- Epimedium – provides anti-oxidation and increases blood flow
- Hydrolyzed Protein – removes harmful heavy metals (chelation) from the bloodstream
- Red Dates – Nourishes the blood and helps the digestive system
There are additional herbs when used properly that can contribute to a good physique, potency, strength, and complexion, being sexually exhilarated and sexually potent. Many men swear by these herbs and the positive effect they have on their existing ED condition.
The list is too long to analyze which supplements are bogus and those that aren’t but some products advertise false assertions without any real proof. It’s best to research these supplements and then draw your own conclusions.3
There are a lot of herbs and nutritional supplements claiming to improve sexual function in general and to treat ED in particular. Real zingers! Know what it is you’re taking and make your determination as to their true effect. Feel a difference in your libido and stamina directly.
Also, before you stock up on over-the-counter nutritional supplements speak with your doctor. He can test you for deficiencies and steer you toward the most effective and safest way to enhance your erectile dysfunction.
With the right supplements, when you know you’re going to bed with a woman, you will no longer worry or be stressed wondering if you’re going to be able to get it up. Lust, sexual desire, sexuality, eroticism, passion, sex drive, sexual urge, the hots…don’t run from these emotions. Embrace them!
Make one or all of these effects your default ring tone and call it often! Rip a hole through your pants and improve your sex life greatly! Be rock-hard and rock-ready!
Bedroom Boredom No More
Relationship issues can contribute to frustrating bedroom issues. The brain is the most powerful sexual organ, and certainly, that’s a part of it. But most of the time, the cold shoulder treatment doesn’t mean that your partner is less interested.
This is a situational problem and it does not mean you are any less of a man. It means you have a human body that does not always do what you want when you want it to. A positive sexual experience is best measured by pleasure, not the firmness of your bulge.
Middle-aged erection changes slow men’s arousal so now their erotic pace more closely matches women’s. A slower pace allows plenty of time for kissing, cuddling, and whole-body massages, for example, all essential to most women’s enjoyment of sex and even crucial to firm erections. From this perspective, erection dissatisfaction can be a gift.
How is that? Well, this dark cloud of mid-life changes has a silver lining. Young couples often develop conflict because most young men become aroused faster than their female counterparts. The young studs are usually finished before the girl has even become interested in foreplay. Running on high octane for sure!
For older men, there are ways you can improve your moods, such as using relaxation techniques to calm the mind and the body. There is also mindfulness meditation to decrease depression and anxiety. It can help you to be connected more with your body and less with your head, which helps have a fulfilling sex life.
It is important not to overthink the situation and make it a psychological issue. You can’t force an erection to happen. Trying too hard is likely to cause problems when the lights are dimmed. Try focusing on all your sensations in your body. Sex requires being present and involved. Revisit the sex drive and cravings for making love that once consumed you as a young man.
Other options include introducing ways to increase the stimulation to help you get aroused. As we get older, we often need a higher level of stimulation, and this is the case for both men and women. Talk about ways in which you can satisfy each other, and utilize those “props” in the bedroom, the sex toys, outfits, and other creative aids.
Engage in playful flirtation and teasing to build up sexual tension. Sensual fondling can help bring your attention to all the erogenous zones of the body and can be very pleasurable.
There is also the technique of reframing your expectations. If you expect that your penis will always perform on command, then you are expecting a lot from this organ.
Practice these techniques and others. Find a real zinger and go for it.
The Smart Shopper
The cost of effective libido supplements is always a major concern. Price does have some bearing and making the right purchase is of paramount importance.
Here are a few things you can do to contain costs:
- Shop around, because supplement prices vary. Various web-based tools can help you compare prices easily.
- Ask about price breaks, where you get the pills at a lower discount when you buy in larger quantities.
- Explore manufacturer customer discount programs before buying in bulk.
Remember, if a supplement works, it can have side-effects and interactions with other drugs. Check with your doctor if you take other medications, especially heart and blood pressure medicines before starting any supplements.
And always beware when you read these two words…Natural Remedies!
The Very Best Supplement!
What’s the best male supplement for improving sex? It’s the cheapest one out there but possibly the hardest to do. Exercise! Exercise improves blood flow everywhere and can improve testosterone levels and increase libido.
Weight loss and nutrition go a long way to improving overall health and wellness. It’s not easy but there you have it. The decision is all yours.
Gentlemen, no matter how old you are, no matter how you function, you can still enjoy great sex.
- Tignol J, Furlan PM, Gomez-beneyto M, et al. Efficacy of Sildenafil Citrate (Viagra) and erectile dysfunction in men.
- Koolwal, A, Shivananda MJ, Sathyanarayana Rao TS, Koolwal GD. L-arginine and erectile dysfunction. Journal of Psychosexual Health.
- Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School. Can supplements save your sex life? Updated February 2019.