Erectile Dysfunction

What are the signs of erectile dysfunction?

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You already know. Or, you wouldn’t be on this page. Right?

Mr. Johnson just isn’t performing as well as he used to and things keep getting worse.

But, is it erectile dysfunction, or, normal aging?

Let’s take a look at the difference.

Slowing Down is Natural
as We Age

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Most of the men who visit this website who are noticing signs of erectile dysfunction are middle age and older. 40+

Here’s something you need to know:

By this time in life it is natural for your sex drive to decrease and for you to be performing with much less frequency.

These, by no means, are signs of erectile dysfunction. Slowing down is natural.

You can’t run as fast as you used to. You need more sleep. Can’t pull all nighters partying (not that you want to anymore). Exercise leaves you tired longer and needing more recuperation time..... All natural occurrences. We tend to accept these fairly easily.

But, when we can’t have sex a few times a week anymore, when we fail to get an erection when we want one sometimes.... we panic. Right?

Are these signs of erectile dysfunction. No.

Signs of Erectile Dysfunction
for men over 40

Actual signs of erectile dysfunction are significantly different:

  • You never can get or keep an erection

  • Erections are too weak for intercourse

  • You’re really never in the mood

At 40, if you can have decent sex just once a week, you are considered sexually strong. Yes, just once a week.

At 70, if you can have decent sex once a month, you are most likely sexually healthy.

Here's Some
Ancient Erectile Knowledge

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You probably know by now that we place great trust in Chinese medicine. It has had over 2,000 year to prove itself.

Here is a table from the Traditional Chinese Medicine Book: Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen. which was first published about two thousand years ago.

Normal Healthful Sexual Frequency for men:

“Huang Di Nei Jing (Nei Jing), one of the most important classical texts of traditional Chinese medicine, is the foundation upon which today's Chinese medicine principles are built.”
reference:  Journal of Integrative Medicine

Yes, as we get older, we feel that doesn’t sound like much. And, maybe we would like to have a whole lot more. But, more, healthfully, is not a reality. And, the amount you see in the above table is nothing to be worried about.

This reduced sexual activity in older age does not constitute signs of erectile dysfunction. It shows the norms. What is normal.

And, you should be no more upset by this, or bothered by this, than you are of grey hair. Or, creases at the corners of your eyes. It’s normal. It’s natural.

Sexual Stimulants
Drugs and Herbs

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There is so much media advertising and emphasis on having lots of sex, that we men think we should be able to perform anytime anywhere. And, come on, reality check, we like the idea. Right? Even when we’re in advanced age. Even when we should not. Even if it means resorting to drugs.

It’s not healthy. And, pushing the envelope can kill you.

Too much sex, at any age, will cause fatigue and chronic health issues. Using sexual stimulants drugs, herbs, etc... will enable most men to perform on demand.

Some men will get heart attacks and strokes from these things.

All men who use these things regularly, will weaken their sexual system. You’re beating a tired horse. Yes, he will run when you whip him. Until he drops from exhaustion. Your penis, prostate, and heart will all do the same thing.

These are sings of sexual depletion, or, signs of serious erectile dysfunction to come:

  • Lower back pain

  • Weakness in the knees

  • Fatigue

  • Poor memory

  • Hair loss
Feeling cold or getting hot at night

  • A decrease in libido

ALL of these show your body is being depleted. Getting weaker daily.

Are Signs of Erectile Dysfunction

Yes. Too common.

40% of men over 40 suffer from ED and even 25% of men under 40 are found to be having ED problems.

If you’re over 40 and still getting regular erections (even just once a month) count your blessings.

“The study, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, shows that one in four men at an outpatient clinic who sought help for erectile dysfunction (a condition where a man has a problem having or maintaining an erection) was actually under the age of 40. Plus, nearly half of those men under age 40 -- 48.8 percent of them -- had a severe case of the sexual condition, compared with 40 percent of men older than age 40.”
reference:  "Erectile Dysfunction...." 

40% of men over 40 have erectile dysfunction...  Wow.

Often times, many of these men are just experiencing the natural slow down of life. Other times, men are overindulging chronically, and suffering from exhausted systems.

Other times, the slow downs are true signs of erectile dysfunction.

At the end of the day: They are ALL erectile dysfunction. Their penis and prostate are just not performing.

Signs of Erectile Dysfunction
Signs of Aging

The first thing is to understand just how frequently a healthy man your age can comfortably have sex. It’s usually a lot less than you think. And, a great deal less than the advertising would lead you to believe.

What’s the best gauge for you personally?

Your body will tell you. Not us. Not any doctor. Your own body. Please: Listen to it.

If you are forcing yourself to have sex with any kind of stimulant, you are surpassing what your body is telling you. And, what it is comfortably capable of.

What if you never get an erection and you’re only 40? Or, 50? Or, 60?  Then yes, you have the most obvious of the signs of erectile dysfunction. Your penis is just not working anymore.

There really are no other signs. Your skin doesn’t change color. Your hair doesn’t all fall out (though it may thin). Your teeth don’t fall out. Your penis doesn’t shrivel, your balls don’t disappear,.....

Very simply: Your dick no longer works right. Or, at all. And, you know it. That’s all there is to it.

Most Important:

You must

understand what is normal

for your own age and your individual body.

What About
Peyronies Disease?

This is a special circumstance.

A bent penis caused by Peyronies disease can cause signs of erectile dysfunction and complete ed all by itself.

And the ED can come for a number of reasons which include:

  • “The plaques (hardened scar tissue) may weaken the smooth muscle tissue in the penis, making it more difficult for an erection to occur.

  • The plaques may impair blood flow into the penis. As a result, there isn’t enough blood for a firm erection.

  • The plaques may cause blood to leave the penis too quickly, making the man lose the erection.

  • Men with Peyronie’s disease often feel depressed about their situation and anxious about sexual activity. These psychological issues can lead to erection problems.”

reference: International Society for Sexual Medicine

Fortunately, if the bent penis caused the erectile dysfunction, straightening (with a non-invasive method) will usually cause the ED to disappear.

What Can We Do?

Putting a bent penis as the cause aside (non-invasive straightening usually remedies that cause), let's see how we can improve our overall health.

First: Give your system a rest. Don’t use any sexual stimulants. Cut back drastically on caffeine.

Second: Nourish your body with proper real foods.

Third: Get enough rest and sleep.

Fourth: Cut out, or, at least minimize all the poisons you ingest: Tobacco, Diet drinks, Excessive alcohol, unnecessary medications, etc...

Fifth: Exercise regularly.

Sixth: Don’t listen to any advertising.

Seventh:  Avoid all unnecessary stress.

Eighth: Super Important: Let your body tell you when it is ready. It may take a week, a month, a year to regain decent sexual health... BUT, when you get healthy enough, and stay that way, you’ll pop boners into your 90s. Just not every day. Not even every week. But, you’ll be in the game until you’re close to death. That’s natural.


  • The natural sexual slow down in men that comes with aging is often confused with signs of erectile dysfunction.

  • Real signs of erectile dysfunction are easily recognized and very simple: You can’t get erections anymore. Or, they are too weak to use. Simple.

  • Remember: We all continue to slow down, in all physical ways, as we reach middle age and beyond. It’s the way of nature. Even the healthiest men slow down with age.

  • Accepting the normal ability of a healthy body, with respect to it’s age, will keep you from foolishly using sexual stimulants.

  • Age itself does not cause erectile dysfunction. Unhealthy living practices and fatigue do. Drugs and medication can also. As can Peyronies disease.

  • When a man regains sound health (and this can take some time), normal sexual desires and abilities return, and, signs of erectile dysfunction disappear.

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Be in Good Health.....

~ William (editor)

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