Most couples or individuals head to a therapist because their sex life is sorely neglected, not because there is too much sensational sex going on. More often, the idea or criticism that someone has too much sex is a) a jealous insult flung in desperation to mask their own lack of action or b) a shaming technique to cover up for one’s own sexual insecurities. The frequency of intercourse between two people is based on a number of things, and there is no right or wrong answer for how much sex you have or how often you have it. However, in areas of men's sexual health, there is some concern that too much sex could be linked to erectile dysfunction. For those that are living it up in the bedroom, this could be devastating news, if a correlation exists.
The Documented Causes of ED
When it comes to erectile dysfunction, there are several well-documented and treatable causes. To understand these, you first need to how a condition of ED is diagnosed. If you are unable to get an erection and sustain one that is hard enough for penetrative sex (and subsequent satisfaction) more than 50% of the time, you are probably experiencing impotence. More than 30 million American men suffer from the condition, and the risk of developing the condition increases with age. The endocrine system is responsible for the hormones that work to regulate sexual functions, mood, and much more, and a disease related to this system could create a dysfunctional performance. For this reason, men with diabetes are commonly diagnosed with importance. Nerve disorders or neurological conditions can also impact erections, as the penis relies on sensations and the transmission of neurons for the creation of arousal and stimulating blood flow. Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and prostate surgery can also result in nerve damage and a condition of impotence.
There are certain medications that can also affect erections and performance, as the drugs interfere with the blood flow needed to supply the penis during arousal. Though you should never stop a medication without consulting your doctor, medications like anti-depressants, beta-blockers, cancer medications, diuretics, synthetic hormones, and amphetamines can reduce your ability to perform sexually. Because strong blood flow is needed for a hard erection, cardiac-related conditions can also interfere with your sex life. If the heart is unable to pump enough blood into the penis, the erection will be soft and unable to sustain penetration.
The Risk of Too Much Sex
The idea that too much sex can lead to an inability to have sex is linked more to energy levels and a tired penis than it does an underlying medical condition. In fact, sex therapists recommend that having sex is one of the ways to move past conditions of ED that are linked to emotional factors. Just having sex won’t fix the problem, as medical conditions need to be treated professionally. There are several medications that can create a rush of blood into the penis to sustain an erection, that also work to heighten desire and libido. Mt. Everest is one of these products, and users may find that their physical and emotional engagement with intercourse changes dramatically when everything is working as it needs to be.
The medical community also promotes the idea that if you don’t use your erection, you can lose it. One study found that aging men who engage in intercourse at least one time a weak have half the risk of developing ED when compared to men who have sex less often. This doesn’t mean once a week should be the minimum standard for preventing impotence, as the research touts that more sex reduces the risk even further. Men who get it three times a week reduce the risk of being only one-fourth likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. Just as consistent physical exercise helps retain functional capacity with different areas of the body, regularly engaging in sexual activity preserves potency.
The Caution for Go-Getters
Although you don’t have to worry about working your way into dysfunction, you should pay attention to your body’s signals concerning your sexual habits. The goal is to have a healthy, satisfying sex life, but this approach should take both you and your partner’s needs into account. It should be mutually pleasurable and at a frequency, you are both comfortable with. If your sexual habits and desires are starting to interfere with your relationship and negatively impact your life, it may be time to slow down and reconsider your approach to intercourse. Meeting with a sex therapist or licensed counselor can help you discover how to maintain a healthy balance.
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