Penis hardness and firmness
Hi, l am 48 over all good health but a bit over the reccomend weight. Anyway, when l was in my 20 and 30 I was able to have a hard and very firm erection, but as I’ve aged I’ve notice that my erection is more “soft” and not as firm. I dont want to take the ED meds such as viagra. Is there and herbs, vitamins/ mineral, natural oils to help with this? I notice on one of the other treads someone mention L-theania, (l didnt have enough points to ask since l am a newbie.) But tried to ask if that was taken with viagra/cialis or is that taken alone? And how much? Any guys tried this?
Frankly most of this type of stuff is snake oil. Taking vitamins and minerals would only make a difference if you’re already deficient in them.
It might be worth getting your cholesterol and blood pressure checked, but it sounds like what you’re experiencing is probably the normal result of the ageing process.
Studies have been done. Here are two. More can be found on the internet.
Oral L-citrulline supplementation improves erection hardness in men with mild erectile dysfunction.
To our knowledge, this is the first study to show that combination therapy of L-citrulline and transresveratrol is effective for ED treatment in men with added on-demand use of PDE5i. This combination supplement may be added if PDE5i is insufficient.
Of course, Doctors and Big Pharma want to tell you otherwise. L-Citrulline is a cheap and effective treatment for mild ED. $$$$
There seems to be quite a lot of cynicism about doctors on here.
Doctors are only human, so they can’t possibly get it right every time, especially given that they may see literally hundreds of patients in a week. They also can’t possibly know it all, because the human body is complex, and our knowledge of medical science is increasing all the time.
However, doctors are qualified professionals. In the UK, it takes at least 5 years to train to be a doctor, with about half of that time spent in a clinical setting learning from practical experience with real patients. After that, a newly qualified doctor can expect to spend about 10 years or more as a junior doctor and having to pass three or four sets of exams before becoming either a consultant or a GP. Doctors also have to undergo ongoing appraisals and keep their skills up to date through continuing professional development with compulsory revalidation every 5 years.
Doctors also get held to account for their decisions. When doctors get it wrong, they can and do get investigated and have to face fitness to practice hearings. If doctors are found to be incompetent or negligent they can have restrictions placed on them until they can demonstrate that they have undertaken sufficient additional training and can prove their competence, or in some cases can be struck off and barred from the profession.
All of this makes your doctor a generally good and reliable place to go for health advice. It’s certainly much more reliable than online forums where anyone can contribute and you have no way of knowing whether they have a PhD in biochemistry or 5 minutes and access to google.
Most men in their 40’s start not having as firm erections as they did and it takes more than just seeing your wife naked to get hard. Physical stimulation is needed. I have tried various supplements and some are dangerous, but Citrulinne and Arginine are safe and found in foods, but you can’t usually get enough from food to help a lot. They make supplements that are a combination of each in 750mg or 1000 mg pills. Take two or three a day and they can make a difference. Might be all you need. “Now” brand seems to work good. You have to be careful with any supplement and taking some prescription drugs though.
As SC noted above, L-Citrulline will work. It produces nitric oxide which is what helps produce an erection. It’s cheap. I typically take two capsules every day. When I miss, I can tell. I buy it from Swansons.
Don’t be afraid of the ED meds. I purchase mine from legit Canadian pharmacies and it is much cheaper than buying in US. The generics I buy are made in India and are very good quality. I use Pharmstore. You do need a prescription. There are online stores that do not require a script like All Day Chemist. I’ve never used them, but others seem happy with them.
A quick look at WebMD (one of the more reputable online source of advice) suggests that whilst l-citruline or l-arginine may be of benefit, there’s not been much research done, so nobody really knows how much you should take. It shouldn’t be taken in combination with ED meds because it can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure.
Also, remember that the placebo effect can be strong. If you take something believing it will give you a firmer erection, you may well notice an effect even if the supplement itself is ineffective. That’s why pharmaceuticals go through randomised controlled trials.
Wow great info here, Hoosier 52 > I’ve been reading up on the L-citrulline. Do you take the Malate or the Reg L-citrulline? How many mg you take a day? I am thinking of trying it since l think l have a mild ED . But sounds like it helps and is beneficial for other parts if the body.