Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

For many men, erectile dysfunction is caused or worsened by lifestyle choices. Here are some things you can do that may help:

  • If you smoke, quit. If you have trouble quitting, get help. Try nicotine replacement (such as gum or lozenges), available over-the-counter, or ask your doctor about prescription medication that can help you quit.
  • Lose weight. Being overweight can cause — or worsen — erectile dysfunction.
  • Get regular exercise. This can help with underlying problems that play a part in erectile dysfunction in a number of ways, including reducing stress, helping you lose weight and increasing blood flow.
  • Get treatment for alcohol or drug problems. Drinking too much or taking certain illegal drugs can worsen erectile dysfunction directly or by causing long-term health problems.
  • Work through relationship issues. Improve communication with your partner and consider couples or marriage counseling if you're having trouble working through problems on your own.
Feb. 10, 2012