Men, here's how to perform your best during sex


  • Wellness
  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2020

Frustrated over your performance in bed? Reducing stress is one way to help boost your libido. — AFP

Sex has always been very important to men, with sexual performance strongly linked to the perception of one’s manliness.

However, as we age, just as with other bodily functions, sexual performance may also not be as optimal as before.

Guys, here are 10 things you can do to improve your performance in bed:

Work it!

Exercise helps to boost blood circulation, improve stamina and endurance.

It is also proven to improve libido, and with better strength and flexibility, sex will be so much more enjoyable for both you and your partner.

Stop smoking

If you’re smoking, try to quit.

Smoking will impair blood circulation and may cause erectile dysfunction or weaker erections.

Smoking also reduces endurance and stamina, and may affect your sex drive.

Be zen

Manage your stress.

With our current hectic lifestyle, constant deadlines and perpetual rushing from one place to another, stress has become one of the top causes of many medical conditions.

For men, it can also cause weaker erections, lower testosterone levels, a drop in sex drive and fatigue.

We may not be able to eliminate stress totally from our lives, but we need to learn how to manage it positively.

Find time for your hobbies, for socialising and for personal time. Manage your stress before it manages you.

Sober up

A glass of wine may be good for you, but drinking bottles and bottles of beer is too much.

Try to cut down on alcohol consumption. It will reduce blood flow to the penis, thereby causing weaker erections.

It also impairs your sense of judgment so you won’t be able to be as good in bed as you’d like to be.

Eat clean

Healthy eating is not just about looking slim and fit. A proper diet affects a lot of your bodily functions, including sexual health.

Eating certain foods like pomegranates, salmon and avocado is good for blood circulation and libido.

You also have to admit, when you’re feeling fit and sexy, sex is definitely more enjoyable for both parties.

Let’s foreplay

Sexual performance is not just about the deed.

For most men that may be the case, but for women, foreplay is as important, if not more important, as penetration.

It sets them up towards achieving the sexual euphoria of orgasms. This is what will bring you closer to Sex God status.

Have a cuppa

A recent study by University of Texas in the United States showed that men who drink two to three cups of coffee a day are less likely to complain of erectile issues.

Caffeine has properties similar to erectile dysfunction drugs like sildenafil, says the study’s co-author Dr Wang Run.

The stimulant triggers a series of effects that cause the arteries in your penis to relax and your blood flow to increase, both of which are important for a strong erection.

Snooze more

A good night’s sleep is very important for overall health. It is also important for sexual health.

In fact, it works both ways. Lack of sleep may affect sexual performance and lack of sex may affect sleep.

A good night’s sleep does improve libido and sex drive, while regular sex helps give you a good night’s rest.

So make sure you get at least six to eight hours of quality sleep.

Practice makes perfect

Just like any physical activity, you will only get better with practice.

Do it regularly. Explore more ways to make your partner excited and satisfied. And enjoy it.

Zap it

Recent studies have shown that applying shockwave therapy to the penis can improve erectile function.

Shockwave therapy uses energy from acoustic waves to trigger a process called neovascularisation – the formation of new blood vessels.

This helps to improve blood flow to the genital region.

Clinical trials of shockwave therapy have had encouraging results.

The process is painless and has no side effects or downtime. Many men have found that their erections have improved.

We also found that even if you don’t have erectile dysfunction, this therapy may further enhance the hardness, girth and strength of your erection.

Dr Muhd Taufiq Rashid is a general practitioner in Singapore. For more information, email starhealth@thestar.com.my. The information provided is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. The Star does not give any warranty on accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness or other assurances as to the content appearing in this column. The Star disclaims all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly from reliance on such information.

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