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Think that having erectile dysfunction(ED) is just simply having trouble getting an erection or keeping it up? Even if you’re performing fine now, you might be well on your way to an ED. In many cases, ED does not just happen all of a sudden. You might experience just a minor erection problem, but that’s one way your body might be letting you know that things are not going well as it used to be. Learn how to spot the early signs of ED and what you should do to take care of men’s health

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1. Haven’t woke up with morning wood in a while

Getting an erection while you’re sleeping at night or during the daytime has nothing to do with getting sexually aroused – it happens due to the release of a hormone called noradrenaline. Though getting a morning wood is portrayed as being embarrassing in movies, it’s actually a good sign as it means the blood flow to your penis is normal and healthy. 

If you noticed that you’re getting lesser erections in the morning compared to usual, it might mean that your blood vessels are not allowing enough blood to flow into your penis as per normal. It could also happen in bed! 

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2. Fatigue

No, we’re not talking about being tired in general. Have you ever found yourself feeling sleepy and tired despite having a full solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? This can happen when you have sleep apnea – a sleep disorder where your breathing starts and stops. According to a study done in 2009 by German researchers, they found nearly 70% of male participants who had sleep apnea also had ED. Sometimes, it might mean that what you’re eating is also not giving you enough energy for your daily tasks. Try Men’s Boost+ to give your body the energy it needs! 

3. Don’t think about sex as much

Testosterone stimulates your sex drive and also helps in building muscles. If you noticed that you do not have as much desire as before, it’s highly likely that your testosterone levels have lowered. Difficulty in bulking up even though you hit the gym every other day can also signify low testosterone levels. With the lack of mood, it will be hard getting an erection! 

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4. High cholesterol or high blood pressure

Both high cholesterol and high blood pressure can affect the dilation of your blood vessels. If your blood vessels can’t dilate, blood flow to your penis might not be enough to cause an erection. According to Healthxchange, your total cholesterol should be lower than 200 milligrams per deciliter. You have high blood pressure according to Healthhub if your systolic BP is over 140mmHg and diastolic BP is over 80mmHg.  

5. New medication

If you are currently on any new prescriptions, they could be the culprit behind your ED. Certain medications can make hormones and chemical signals that affect your libido harder to reach the brain. If your medication is the culprit, you will start noticing the symptoms a few weeks after you have started your medication.  

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Consult your doctor once you’ve started to notice your erection seems slightly unusual. Sometimes, it’s as simple as changing your medication if they are the reason why you couldn’t get an erection. Other times, it could underlying health issues which you aren’t aware of!