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WebMD Article Claims Kegels Don't Help E.D.

WebMD Article Claims Kegels Don't Help E.D.

I didn’t see anything in search about this, but I may have missed it. Hopefully this thread will get moved to the Sexual Health forum or something.

I was just reading this WebMD article, and was surprised by their claim:

“6. Don’t rely on Kegels.

One form of exercise that doesn’t seem helpful is Kegel exercises, which involve repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles in the pelvis. Kegels can be helpful for men and women suffering from incontinence. But there’s no evidence that they prevent erectile dysfunction.”

Http://www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfu…-11-tips?page=2

In all my time researching this, I have never heard such a claim. Has anyone else heard this, or agree with it? It’s really annoying that they throw out facts like this that go against conventional wisdom, but don’t site their sources.

I may have missed it but, I have never read any view crediting kegels as a means to restore erectile qualities in people who suffer from erectile dysfunction. The general consensus on kegels, as I understand it, is that it helps with prolonging the erection, not erecting the penis. People with serious ED cannot get it erect to begin with.

Also, from what I understand, the cause of erectile dysfunction can be credited with a variety of factors ranging from blood pressure to nerve damage. I am no expert in the field though. While kegels may help, to some extent, if you have blood pressure problems. If you have done irreversible damage to the actual parts of the penis then the BC muscle isn’t going to be of much use.

Speaking from memory:

Kegels benefit the duration of an erection, and the stamina of people with premature ejaculation problems.


Wishing and hoping for the best - yup your doing it wrong.


Last edited by Thatcat : 04-14-2010 at .

Protect Your Erection: 11 Tips
How to avoid erectile dysfunction and protect your potency.
By David Freeman
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common in older men. But it’s not a normal part of aging. How can you avoid ED? Here’s what experts told WebMD.

1. Watch what you eat.

A diet that’s bad for a man’s heart is also bad for his ability to have erections.

Research has shown that the same eating pattern that can cause heart attacks by impeding blood flow in the coronary arteries — few fruits and vegetables and lots of fatty, fried, and processed foods — can impede blood flow to and within the penis. That blood flow is needed for the penis to become erect.

Anything that is bad for a man’s heart is also bad for his penis, says Andrew McCullough, MD, associate professor of clinical urology and director of the male sexual health program at New York University Langone Medical Center.

Recent studies show that ED is relatively uncommon among men who eat a traditional Mediterranean diet, which includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, heart-healthy fats including nuts and olive oil, fish, and wine.

“The link between the Mediterranean diet and improved sexual function has been scientifically established,” says Irwin Goldstein, MD, director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego.

2. Maintain a healthy weight.

Being overweight can bring many health problems, including type 2 diabetes, which can cause nerve damage throughout the body. If that affects the nerves affecting the penis, ED can result.

3. Avoid high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

High cholesterol or high blood pressure can damage blood vessels, including those that bring blood to the penis. Eventually, this can lead to ED.

Make sure your doctor checks your cholesterol levels and blood pressure. You might also want to check your blood pressure between doctor visits. Some stores and fire stations offer free screening; blood pressure monitors are also sold for home use.

If your cholesterol or blood pressure is out of whack, get it treated.

Blood pressure drugs can make it hard to get an erection. But doctors say many cases of ED that get blamed on these drugs are actually caused by arterial damage resulting from high blood pressure (also called hypertension).

4. Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all.

There is no evidence that mild or even moderate alcohol consumption is bad for erectile function,” Sharlip says. But chronic heavy drinking can cause liver damage, nerve damage, and other conditions that can lead to ED.


Wishing and hoping for the best - yup your doing it wrong.

Protect Your Erection: 11 Tips
How to avoid erectile dysfunction and protect your potency.
(continued)

5. Exercise regularly.

Strong evidence links a sedentary lifestyle to erectile dysfunction. Running, swimming, and other forms of aerobic exercise have been shown to help prevent ED.

Watch out for any form of exercise that puts excessive pressure on the perineum, which is the area between the scrotum and anus. Goldstein says bicycle riding, in particular, can cause ED.

An occasional short ride is unlikely to cause trouble. But men who spend a lot of time biking should make sure their bike fits them properly, wear padded cycling pants, and stand up frequently while pedaling.

“No-nose” bike seats protect against genital numbness and sexual dysfunction, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

6. Don’t rely on Kegels.

One form of exercise that doesn’t seem helpful is Kegel exercises, which involve repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles in the pelvis. Kegels can be helpful for men and women suffering from incontinence. But there’s no evidence that they prevent erectile dysfunction.

7. Keep tabs on testosterone.

Even in healthy men, testosterone levels often begin falling sharply around age 50. Every year after age 40, a man’s testosterone level typically falls about 1.3%.

Symptoms like a low sex drive, moodiness, lack of stamina, or trouble making decisions suggest a testosterone deficiency, as do spongy erections. Your doctor can check on that.

8. Avoid anabolic steroids.

These drugs, which are often abused by athletes and bodybuilders, can shrink the testicles and sap their ability to make testosterone.

9. If you smoke, stop.

Smoking cigarettes can harm blood vessels and curb blood flow to the penis. And nicotine makes blood vessels contract, which can hamper blood flow to the penis.

10. Steer clear of risky sex.

Some cases of erectile dysfunction stem from penile injuries that occur during sex. To keep your penis from bending painfully, start thrusting only after making sure her vagina is well lubricated. And make sure your penis doesn’t slip out of the vagina while thrusting (so you won’t accidentally jam your penis against a hard part of her body). If she moves in such a way that hurts your penis — for instance, by bending it the wrong way — have her stop at once.

“If the woman is on top and comes down hard, and the penis does not enter the vagina, that is the equivalent of a big weight crashing down on the penis,” Goldstein says. “No penis on earth can withstand that.”

11. Curb stress.

Psychological stress boosts levels of the hormone adrenaline, which makes blood vessels contract. That can be bad news for an erection. Anything a man can do to ease tension and feel better emotionally is likely to give his sex life a big boost.

Http://www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfu…-11-tips?page=2


Wishing and hoping for the best - yup your doing it wrong.

So, this article is about preventing erectile dysfunction. In my opinion the article is spot on about kegels and their reliability to prevent ED.


Wishing and hoping for the best - yup your doing it wrong.

Well I learnt something new today.


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WEBMD is a joke. So is the Mayo site. They are both simply promoters of the medical profession. Their opinion is always, if it doesn’t involve a doctor and $$$ then is doesn’t work. They seriously piss me off.

Originally Posted by curiousjo
WEBMD is a joke. So is the Mayo site. They are both simply promoters of the medical profession. Their opinion is always, if it doesn’t involve a doctor and $$$ then is doesn’t work. They seriously piss me off.

What is wrong with their article ?


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Well, I don’t know if what that says agrees with the research. Kegels prevent/reverse weakening of the pelvic floor muscle, which is one of the causes of weaker erections. Stronger PC muscles mean stronger erections. This isn’t just conjecture, this is backed up by research I’ve posted in other threads.

This is a writer who may not have actually read the relevant research required for the article.


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