Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition among men who are treating diabetes, hypertension, and other physical as well as psychological issues. Fortunately, ED is treatable.
It is possible to manage erectile dysfunction with a range of treatment options.
Several proven ED treatments include oral medications like Viagra. Injectable solutions such as Caverject or Edex. External non-invasive medical penis pumps are over 90% effective. Penile implant surgery is by far the most invasive and expensive solution, but a very effective procedure. But what about exercises and penile health?
Facts and myths about penis exercise are difficult to separate. How do penis erection exercises impact erectile dysfunction? Can penis exercises enlarge your penis? Is there any exercise helpful for premature ejaculation? Do pelvic floor exercises benefit men with sexual performance issues?
Penis Exercises Help You Have Better Erections
Pelvic floor training as a form of penis exercises can have benefits for penile health in men who suffer from erection problems or premature ejaculation. Men who simply want an improved sex life may find penis erection exercises in the form of Kegel exercises (KE) to be an effective and relatively easy long-term solution.
Pelvic floor muscles, nerves in the penis, and blood circulation are critical components of strong erections.
Pelvic floor exercises improve erectile function by increasing the tone and bulk of pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor training (KE) will strengthen pelvic floor muscles. Strong pelvic floor muscles are vital for holding blood in penile tissues while preventing it from leaving the penis during an erection.
Good blood circulation is known to improve general health. Penile tissue like other tissues and organs in the body benefit from increased oxygenated blood flow. Erections are blood filling events that stretch penile tissues.
For this reason, proven ED treatments have the potential to be useful as tools for penis erection exercises.
Oral medications, injections, and penis pumps create erections. While these treatments directly produce erections, they also increase blood flow to the penis. Penile expansion and the stretching of penile tissue simultaneously improves circulation which also exercises the penis and creates penile health. This is particularly true if a treatment allows a man to create and release multiple erections in one training or exercise session.
However, men who desire to use these treatments as a potential form of penis exercise do have variables to consider. One will naturally evaluate recurring costs. Also, the repetitive ingestion of medications or cyclical use of needles could come with side effects that can have negative health consequences.
Limitations around the use of a traditional ED treatment for training or exercising the penis for penile health will eliminate most medications.
Kegel exercises do not directly exercise the penis. In spite of this, pelvic floor exercises create ample blood flow to the groin area and according to published articles can play a confirmed role in treating or preventing erectile dysfunction.
More blood flow will produce harder erections. Here are some of the benefits of Kegel exercises as a form of penis exercises:
Improved hardness of erections
Training pelvic floor muscles boost the flow of oxygenated blood in the groin area. Greater blood flow can be a critical component in harder erections. Exercises that strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor are a long term approach to penis health compared to drug or device interventions that focus solely on the penis.
Studies conclude strong pelvic floor muscles make erectile function possible. Pelvic floor exercises promote healthy penile tissue and penile health by putting pressure on veins and muscles that are active during the formation of erections.
The benefits of pelvic floor exercises as a form of erectile dysfunction exercises have been the subject of several reports.
In one study conducted in the United Kingdom, participants ranging in age from 22 to 78 years old were divided into two groups. The intervention group was advised to engage in pelvic floor exercises along with suggestions for lifestyle changes.
The control group only received advice on lifestyle changes.
Six months later, men in the intervention group who engaged in pelvic floor training exercises showed significant improvement in erectile function compared to men in the control group.
Increased pleasure during sex
Strong Pelvic floor muscles and improved blood flow as a form of erectile dysfunction exercises allow a man to have more intense orgasms during sex. According to a published report in the Sexual Medicine Review, Authors concluded: “Strong muscles that are exercised by KE (pelvic floor training) may enhance and intensify orgasmic pleasure during ejaculation/orgasm.”
More control over erections
Penis exercises such as Kegels strengthen the muscles within the perineum which contribute to control over erections, the contractions of orgasm, and ejaculation. These muscles help blood to stay in the shaft of the penis during an erection.
Strong pelvic floor muscles help maintain penile health, giving a man more control over harder erections with improved probability of preventing premature ejaculation.
Penis Exercises Help You Delay Ejaculation
Ejaculation and orgasm are not quite the same thing but occur simultaneously. Ejaculation control plays an essential role in sexual enjoyment for men and their partners. Premature ejaculation affects up to 40 percent of men with a peak incidence between ages 25 and 40.
Untreated premature ejaculation can lead to distress, frustration, and avoidance of sexual intimacy. In addition to improving erectile dysfunction, penis erection exercises in the form of Kegel exercises can delay premature ejaculation.
Studies have found that pelvic floor rehabilitation is a promising and cost-effective treatment for this complex condition.
Improvement in premature ejaculation
Therapeutic Advances in Urology published a peer-reviewed paper focused on the benefits of pelvic floor rehabilitation in men with lifelong premature ejaculation.
More than 80 percent of study participants gained better control of the ejaculatory reflex with significantly improved ejaculation time, showing that pelvic floor exercises are an effective alternative to the treatment of premature ejaculation, which is typically treated with SSRIs (oral antidepressant medications).
More staying power and energy
Kegel exercises for men are a workout for muscles that support the penis as training for the pelvic floor muscles which are strengthened by contracting and relaxing specific muscles on demand. During sex, the increased ability to control these muscles provides more staying power and energy.
There are specific techniques for doing Kegel exercises.
Locating the pelvic floor muscles to exercise is the first step, the Mayo clinic has a good diagram on its website that provides clear direction. Then follow 4 simple steps:
- Sit or lie down after you empty your bladder or when you are certain your bladder is empty.
- Consciously squeeze or tighten your pelvic floor muscles. Hold in a tightened state for 8-10 seconds.
- Breath out and release the muscle for 8-10 seconds.
- Repeat the above 3 steps 10 times. Conduct these training sessions three times per day.
Penis Exercises Enlarge Your Penis
Advertisements for devices, supplements, and exercises that claim to enlarge your penis should be viewed with considerable skepticism. There is more myth than fact in unproven penis enlargement claims. Surgical procedures are the only way to enlarge your penis. Only one surgical procedure for male enhancement has valid FDA acceptance of medical claims.
Penuma is the first FDA cleared procedure for penile enlargement or enhancement. It is a surgical implant designed to provide men with an additional 2.5 inches in length and girth.
Interestingly, Augusta Medical Systems routinely receives reports from men who claim regular use of a Soma Therapy ED product enlarges the penis. It is important to note that Augusta Medical Systems does believe this to be true and does not make these claims. We do not promote unsubstantiated hearsay. User comments have no medical basis, FDA claim, or proven validity.
However, it is believed that erectile dysfunction can be a progressive condition. Clinical sources believe that without regular erections, the penis in its flaccid state (non-erect) state has very low levels of oxygen. Over time the lack of oxygen to the penis is harmful to the tissues that make up the organ.
Because the use of a vacuum erection device pulls oxygenated blood into the penis, repetitive use of a VED to create erections overtime allows the user to experience their fullest natural erection. This is due to regular full erections, not the device that creates the erections.
If regular full erections have not occurred in a number of years, the user may “perceive” their erections as larger or enhanced. In these cases, a return to full penile engorgement and erectile function using a VED is often mistaken by the man or couple using a vacuum erection device as penis enlargement.
Sources say without regular erections; the penis can actually shrink
Supporting the belief that ED is chronic and progressive and that vacuum erection device users understandably “perceive” their erections as larger or enhanced after regular usage, sources claim erectile dysfunction leads to penis shrinkage.
The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a 2014 study citing evidence that chronic lack of erections equals a lack of oxygen in penile tissue. Researchers believe lack of oxygen results in hardening and scaring of penile tissue and consequently a decrease in stretched penile length or a decline in penile size.
Organic (caused by an underlying medical disorder) erectile dysfunction is characterized by a lack of nocturnal erections which are thought to decrease the size of the penis.
To learn more about nature’s way of keeping penile tissues healthy read “ Nocturnal Erections and Penile Health.”
Penis Exercises Help the Penile Rehabilitation Process
The Sexual Medicine Society describes penile rehabilitation in the following way:
- Exercises that can help men recover erectile function by inducing erections to exercise the penis.
Dr. Run Wang published an article In the 2017 Journal of Sexual Medicine titled “Vacuum Erection Device for Rehabilitation After Radical Prostatectomy” in which he made many interesting observations around the use of a penis pump for penile exercise.
In terms of penis exercise used for rehabilitation which focuses on the penis not considering pelvic floor muscles, Dr. Wang states in his article: “creating multiple erections is a unique advantage of VED therapy that other current rehabilitation methods cannot achieve.”
his implies that while oral medications, injections or other medical interventions create erections that bring blood flow to the penis, no other treatment has the therapeutic benefit or advantage of a vacuum erection device when it is used to create multiple erections in one training session.
Dr. Wang further states: “clear and significant benefits were demonstrated for the Vacuum Erection Device in preserving penile size” and in additional statements “These findings suggested that the antihypoxic, antiapoptic, antifibrotic mechanisms were related to VED therapy.”
Based on these findings it is suggested that Vacuum Erection Device therapy targets the right physiological disorder associated with penile shrinkage and ED after radical prostatectomy.
Dr. Wang’s article further states “The International Consultation on Sexual Medicine recommends that the Vacuum Erection Device be used early in the postoperative setting to maintain penile length after prostatectomy.”
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