Is there any link between the two? My blood pressure is around 100/60. Could this affect my ability to have and maintain a good erection? How can I increase my blood pressure without increasing salt?
My doctor would be doing cartwheels if my BP was as low as yours!
Mine has been as low as 106/60 but seems to hover around 116/63 on Cozaar (but jumps to 140/? in the doc's office!)
If you previously had HBP, that reading may seem low but normal blood pressure for most healthy adults falls between 90 and 120 over 60 to 80.
Why are you concerned about salt? Has your doctor told you to watch your intake? Are you currently on BP meds?
I really don't think your reading, in and of itself, would cause ED. If you have seen a doctor about HBP, I would voice your concerns about possible ED to your doctor as many types of meds can cause this.
A way to increase your erection hardness would be with Arginine (1,000 mg) and Zinc (30mg), neither contain salt. If it is your libido that is low you may wish to check out posts in the Men's Health topics. We have some great discussions going on there.
Hi thanks for the replies guys. I've had this "low" blood pressure for a while. I've never gone to the doctor for high blood pressure and have never been prescribed for any meds. About a year ago, I did remove most sources of starch from my diet (for unrelated reasons) and I feel kinda weak and lethargic most of the time. My erections were never ever that great to begin with (mostly mental issues), but ever since the last year, it's been worse than ever. Just no energy. And I wondered if low blood pressure could cause it.
The erections are not weak in the mornings, but they are never like that at other times, with a woman or myself. And also, without constant stimulation it never stays up. With a woman, when we are making out, the erection is there and fine in the beginning. Then when it comes time for the deed, it often goes away or is just not as hard. If do manage to keep it, they have complained that it's not that hard when I am inside. It's like when I am ready, she not yet, and by the time she's ready, it's kinda too late for me. This must be mental, but I don't know how to overcome that. It's too easy to say just relax and try not to think about it.
So how is this all connected to blood pressure? Well as I said in the last year it's just been worse than usual. So I was looking for a physical component as well in addition to the mental.
I don't think your problems in the bedroom are necessarily related to BP. I also wouldn't push this off on "mental" without having more information (like a history of depression, anxiety, or something).
If we were to focus strictly on your concern of weak erections (without diet, BP, etc.), it sounds like ED.
I am not familiar with removing starch from the diet. Does that include breads and other high carbs? You need carbs for energy and you say you don't have as much energy.
Less energy coupled with possible ED is indicative of a low Testosterone level but it really can't hurt to have a full T workup (not just Total T!).
I was having similar symptoms as you. Even though I had morning wood, it was infrequent and was brief. I could get it up when I wanted but not real hard and it would not stay up. My energy level was going down the toilet and I had less "social" desire. My Total T is normal but my Free T is low. I also have borderline high Estradiol and Estrone (Estrogens that men have as well as women) and DHT. In other words, my T is aromatizing into Estrogen. I don't have the outward symptoms (a lot of belly fat, man breasts, etc.), so a doctor would typically not run tests on these. See my posts on the Men's Health board here to see what I am doing for this now.
See my posts on the Men's Health board here to see what I am doing for this now.
Could you provide links of these? I too experience similar problems. I thought the answer was first viagra, then other pills, but none of these provide a long term cure, never mind the other impacts on a relationship!