My boyfriend and I are going through a rough patch in our relationship. He’s been having trouble getting in the mood – or staying in the mood. He told me that he’s had problems like this before, but I’m wondering if there are any natural herbs or supplements that he can take to get him back in the game?
It’s not uncommon for couples to go through these episodes, and it’s not uncommon for men to have some difficulty in the bedroom at some point in their lives. Stress, life circumstances, anxiety and depression can all impact your sex drive.
If your boyfriend is worried about the issue or it doesn’t resolve on its own, he might consider seeing a doctor. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most common sexual issues among men, and it’s treatable. His doctor could prescribe him Viagra or Cialis to restore his libido.
If he’s not interested in seeing his doctor or he thinks that the situation may be temporary, there are some natural remedies that may be able to help.
One of the most effective natural treatments for ED is L-arginine. This amino acid opens up your blood vessels, which allows blood to flow more freely. Studies have shown L-arginine to be successful at improving ED symptoms.
Ginkgo and ginseng are two herbs that have been shown to help with ED. Both improve blood flow in the body.
Many men also take DHEA to improve sexual function.
Along with herbs and supplements, your boyfriend can also make some lifestyle changes that may help remedy the situation.
Regular exercise will help improve his overall health, but it will also improve blood flow (important in treating ED) and lower blood pressure.
Stress may be a major contributor to the problem. It’s difficult to get in the mood when you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed about things that are going on in your life. Your boyfriend will benefit from taking steps to reduce the stress in his life. Exercise is a great outlet for stress, or maybe he has a hobby that he can spend more time on to relax and unwind when he’s feeling overwhelmed.
He could also try meditating or yoga to help combat stress.
It’s important for him to continue engaging in sexual activity. Even if the activity only leads to a partial erection, this can be a positive outcome for anyone with ED. This increased blood flow to the penis may help stimulate and improve overall function.
Many men also swear by acupuncture, although the studies are mixed. One study from 1999 found that acupuncture improved the quality of erections in 39% of male participants. In a 2003 study, 21% of ED patients who received acupuncture experienced improved erections. The risks are low with acupuncture, so it’s worth trying.
I would urge your boyfriend to talk to his doctor about his situation. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Doctors deal with this type of scenario all of the time. His doctor may provide some advice or prescribe a treatment that can give him the relief he wants.