Erectile Dysfunction: 8 ways to manage your erection problems

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to have or sustain an erection strong enough to have sexual intercourse. It is a major challenge for a lot of young men out there, and worse still among married couples. It is so bad that it is a major cause of infidelity in homes, and can be a cause of depression, low sexual libido, loss of confidence and low self esteem for the man.

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Today, I would like to share with you a few number of ways that you can use to manage your Erectile Dysfunction problems. They include;

  1. Medications
  2. Lifestyle Modifications
  3. Foreplay
  4. Communicate
  5. Stop smoking
  6. Reduce alcohol
  7. Treat other medical conditions
  8. Penile implants
  9. What is a Normal Erection


There are a number of available medicines (drugs) that you can take to help you manage your erectile dysfunction and boost your erection. These drugs are safe in the right doses, hence, you have to see your doctor to know if you need a prescription, and get one. Example of a drug for this purpose is sildenafil.

Lifestyle Modifications

This involve changing our harmful habits and practices that might be contributing to the problem. Persons with erectile dysfunction have to try to live a healthy life, eat right (especially fruits & vegetables), exercise daily & rest when needed.
This modifications can help improve your erection problems.


The role of foreplay in our sexual life is largely overlooked. In people with this condition, it is advised to practice having foreplay before the actual sexual activity. It helps prepares the mind & gets you psychologically ready for sex and hence, can improve your erection.



Communication between partners is a vital part of every affair. You might like your partner, but your sexual life may be dying because he/she does not do the type of things you like. You might have different fantasies and cravings (maybe you enjoy role play, and your partner isn’t doing that). It is a good idea to talk to them about these cravings & fantasies. Communication helps spice up your sexual life and can help your erection.


it is very important to stop smoking if you’ve discovered you are having problems with erection. The substance found in cigarette (nicotine) can cause problems to your blood vessels, which would in turn affect your erection.
Also, the human sperm is a very fragile cell, and smoking can cause damage to the cell and possibly lead to infertility.

Alcohol Consumption

Similar to smoking, Alcohol has also been known to be responsible for a number of our health challenges, especially with the areas of fertility. Alcohol might be the cause of your erection problems and lead to other challenges like; low sperm count & premature ejaculation.
If you have problems with maintaining & sustaining and erection, it is advisable to quit your alcohol consumption all together, while you try to find a solution. If quitting is not possible, then you should try to reduce your consumption to near minimal levels.

Treat other Medical Conditions

If you have any underlying medical condition like Diabetes, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) & other medical conditions, it is important that you also seek solution to them alongside your erection problems. These conditions could be the reason why you are having a problems with erection. Consult your doctor and seek treatment to them.

Penile Implants (Advanced)

the use of a penile implant is an advance therapy for erection difficulties. In this case, a device is placed inside the penis of the man, to help his erection.
How it works:
It is fixed only once, it can be used at any time. Implants are the last line of therapy for men suffering from erectile dysfunction without any effective solution. See coloplast for more about penile implant

a penile implant. Image credit: Coloplast Mens Health

Other methods like injection of certain drugs into the penis & vascular reconstructive surgeries, may be beneficial in some cases too but the important thing is that treatment usually depends on the cause of the problem. You solve the cause, you solve the problem.

What is a Normal Erection?

Before saying your erection is abnormal, you should at least know what a normal detection is: A normal erection is one that happens when needed, is strong & lasts from few minutes to 30 minutes. An erection that doesn’t satisfy this criteria is classified as erectile dysfunction and should be investigated.

Sex is without doubt a very important aspect of relationships, especially in marriages but erectile dysfunction continue to pose a problem to couples.

Feel free to ask questions below in the comment form and i would do my best to answer you as soon as possible.


  • Ozoemena Davidson attended the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, in ituku-ozalla, Enugu state, Nigeria.

2 thoughts on “Erectile Dysfunction: 8 ways to manage your erection problems”

  1. Hello Dr Ozoemena.. Is penile implant done in Nigeria or even at your Hospital in UNTH?

    A pal of mine had an accident in 2005 and due to trauma he never had erection since then. He was treated at the same UNTH.

    Whenever he goes for check.. Doctors prescribed drugs but to no avail.

    They suggested he should travel abroad for surgery but no fund for that.

    Just read your write up and I saw the options especially the penile implant and I became very hopeful on his behalf.

    1. Ozoemena Davidson John

      Good Morning Lucy,

      My apologies for the late response.

      Yes Penile Implant is done in Nigeria.

      We would reach you via your email submitted on where and the cost of this procedure in Nigeria

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