Erectile dysfunction is an inability of a man to get or keep an erection. It is estimated that 30 million men experience ED at some point but most of them find the treatment in the form of diet, exercise, medications such as Cenforce, Vilitra, or Fildena, or through vacuum pumps.
From a wide range of factors that can influence ED, hydration levels are one of the factors. Dehydration can reduce blood volume, constrict blood vessels, affect mood and reduce the functions of certain organs, so some men may find that drinking water helps in maintaining an erection.
Here, we look at the relationship between hydration and erectile dysfunction, how you can tell if you are dehydrated, and other causes of erectile dysfunction.
Is Dehydration Related to Erectile Dysfunction?
Being dehydrated may cause a number of physiological changes, such as tiredness and even temporary ED. A lack of sufficient body water can affect a person physiologically and mentally which can result in the inability to get and maintain an erection.
Several mental and physical processes are needed for a man to achieve and maintain an erection. The process includes:
- During sexual arousal, messages are sent to the brain that stimulates blood flow to the penis.
- Increased blood flows into the corpus cavernous lead to the penis getting hard and erect.
- When a man ejaculates, the blood leaves the chambers, and the erection goes away.
- When a man is dehydrated, he does not have as much blood volume in his body, therefore, his blood vessels become constricted. This may occur in all parts of your body including the penis which results in the inability to maintain an erection.
Furthermore, when a person is dehydrated, their body releases more amounts of the enzyme angiotensin I, which leads to the blood vessels constricting. Angiotensin I is converted into angiotensin II in the body which has been associated with sexual dysfunction.
In addition to the physical effects of dehydration that impact penile erection, dehydration also causes changes in mood. Mild dehydration is also associated with impaired memory, tension, and anxiety in men. When a person’s mental state is not normal, it can have a profound effect on their sex drive and ED.