These 10 Surprising Things Could Be Affecting Your Man's Performance In The Bedroom

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There are some things in life that we’re just happy that they happen, especially when we don’t put a ton of thought into them—unless they don’t. Like an erection. But just so this article makes a bit more sense, we want to share a quickie (no pun) rundown of what causes a man’s penis to get hard in the first place.

Inside the penis, there are two chambers called the corpora cavernosa. It’s filled with blood, tissue and all sorts of open pockets. There is one main artery in each of these chambers that has thousands of nerves that send signals to the brain and other parts of the body.

When a man is stimulated (it can be by sight, touch, scent, etc.), the brain sends chemical messages, the arteries start to relax and blood flows in. As a result, the penis expands and then comes the erection. When no more blood is coming through, that’s when the penis becomes soft again.

If you got nothing else from all of that, erections start in the brain. Keeping that in mind, while there are some physical reasons for why a man may not be able to stay hard, there are some mental and emotional ones that are just as legitimate.

Gum Disease

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Did you know that there is a direct link between gum disease and erectile dysfunction? In fact, close to 80 percent of men who have erectile dysfunction also had some level of gum disease. 

The inflammation from the gum disease can sometimes damage a man’s endothelial cells; they are what line the blood vessels in his body, including his penis. When those cells are not healthy and happy, it’s hard for him to get or maintain an erection. 

Too Much Arguing

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Remember, erections begin in the brain. If your man is stressed out because the two of you are constantly at odds, that can definitely prevent him from getting or staying hard. 

Just something to think about next time you’re contemplating going into World War III at the house.

Bad Laptop Placement

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If he’s constantly working with his laptop, in his lap, encourage him to put a pillow underneath it. Laptops heat up and when that happens, not only do they have the potential to damage his sperm but hinder his erections too.

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