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For most men, the thought of not being able to get an erection is almost too much to tolerate. But have no fear – according to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, some lifestyle changes can help to prevent erectile dysfunction (ED).

When it comes to ED, at times a man’s worst enemy is his own mind. A man’s biggest sex organ is actually his brain. Fear and over-thinking are often one of the biggest hindrances to a man’s sexual performance, especially in younger men. To help relieve some of the pressure, your urologist Des Moines suggests that men no view sex as a performance.

Then there are some men who want to look perfect with a six pack and muscles all over their body. In order to obtain and keep this unrealistic expectation, men sometimes resort to anabolic steroids. This is a huge mistake, as these steroids can shrink a man’s penis and testicles, resulting in erectile dysfunction. And that’s a high price to pay for what people think is a healthy or appealing body.

Smoking is another lifestyle habit that your urologist Des Moines says may impact a man’s sexual performance in the bedroom. It’s not only a bad habit that affects your lungs and overall health, but it also lowers the chances of you being able to get an erection.

There are also a few illnesses that lead to erectile dysfunction, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. There are also painful illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, which might not directly affect a man’s ability to get an erection but the pain can sidetrack him from getting one.

Preventative methods such as a balanced diet and consistent exercise are rather simple to implement into your lifestyle. According to your urologist Des Moines, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help a man last longer in the bedroom. He also suggests that his male patients opt for boxers instead of briefs so that their testes can breathe; in fact, the cooler, the better.

If you’re suffering from the effects of erectile dysfunction, call the office of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar to schedule a confidential consultation. Don’t give up – there is help available!

Men constantly hear all kinds of advice regarding how to retain their fertility, ranging from the type of underwear they wear to where they place their laptop. But according to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, there may be an even easier way to protect your sperm – by watching what you eat.

That’s right – recent research suggests that the foods you consume may be a factor in your sperm count. Although the research is still new, it’s clear that the foods that may potentially be a threat to male fertility are many of the same dietary offenders responsible for more serious conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.

The following foods might be adversely affecting your fertility:

Processed meats: In a 2014 Harvard study, men who ate the most processed meat – such as hamburgers, hot dogs, salami and bacon – produced almost 25% fewer normal sperm than men who consumed it less often. However, saturated fat intake – which has previously been linked to poor sperm quality – wasn’t the nutritional connection.

Non-organic produce: In a study presented at the 2014 American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, researchers found that men who consumed the most pesticide residues via the produce they ate had 64% fewer normal sperm.Your urologist Des Moines warns that pesticides can throw your hormonal balance out of whack and interfere with the production of sperm.

Alcohol: Consuming too much alcohol can also negatively impact sperm concentration and mobility. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can result in total-body oxidative stress, which your urologist Des Moines reports is a major cause of male infertility. In moderation, alcohol intake seems to have no effect on semen quality, but habitual alcohol intake may compromise sperm quality.

Soda: Healthy young men who regularly consume more than a serving per day of sugar-sweetened drinks suffer from poorer sperm mobility. Sipping on sugary beverages such as soda, sports drinks, sweet tea also boosts your odds of insulin resistance, which in turn results in oxidative stress that can damage your sperm.

If you have questions regarding your fertility and how your diet may be affecting it, call the office of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar today to schedule a confidential consultation.

According to Urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, male enhancement drugs such as Viagra won’t help erectile dysfunction (ED) if the underlying, cause isn’t identified and treated first. And many of these causes may not be what you think!

It’s estimated that ED affects as many as 30 million men in the United States and three-quarters of those men do not seek treatment. Many men are just embarrassed and don’t feel comfortable discussing the issue with their doctor, or even their partner.

Chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, along with an unhealthy lifestyle have long been publicized as underlying causes of ED. But there are some lesser-known causes of ED as explained by your urologist Des Moines below.

You’re Not Getting Enough Vitamin D: A growing number of studies point to a vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for heart attacks, congestive heart failure, peripheral arterial disease, strokes, and the conditions associated with cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure and diabetes which can lead to diminished desire.

You Work In Health Care: Studies have shown that men who work in an environment predisposed to depression and anxiety, like health care workers, firefighters, and police officers, were more likely to deal with their stress by smoking, drinking too much and taking antidepressants, all of which can lead to ED.

You Watch Too Much Porn: Surveys reveal that millions of men are watching porn per hour and almost 10% of those surveyed were unable to stop. Excessive pornography is connected with low self-esteem, poor relationships and lower sexual satisfaction.

You Snore Too Much: Untreated sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, problems with memory loss, weight gain, impotence and headaches. And studies have found that of the millions of Americans who are affected by sleep apnea, over 60% experience relationship problems, including ED.

You’re Spending Too Much Time on Your Bike: The hard, narrow seat of a bike can dull and damage the nerves and blood vessels located in your pelvic floor. And according to your urologist Des Moines, the damaged blood vessels can contribute to ED.

You Have A Big Neck: It sounds strange, but researchers haveconcluded that men with larger necks are at an increased risk of suffering from ED. Larger neck circumference is also associated with sleep apnea, which is also linked to decreased sexual desire.

The bottom line is that the cause for your ED may not be what you think and can be a warning sign of other serious health conditions. Don’t let embarrassment keep you from living your best life. Call urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar today to schedule a confidential consultation.

Urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar frequently gets questions from his patients regarding erectile dysfunction. Although as a society we too often rush to take a pill at the first sign of a problem, it is important to know when drugs might be a viable option.

Most men in their 50s and older typically don’t have the same sex drive and stamina that they may have had when they were in their 20s and 30s. This is due in part to the natural aging process, which affects not just testosterone levels, but overall health and wellbeing, both physically and psychologically.

Even if you are in perfect physical health with no chronic medical problems and perfect behavioral health with no anxiety or depression, your ability to obtain and sustain an erection is diminished as you age. Some men may experience this less frequently than others, but generally speaking this is an expected consequence of getting older.

How Medications Work?

Medications that increase blood flow to the penis during sex include Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. According to your urologist Des Moines, this type of medication can help you get an erection, but may not otherwise affect the quality or quantity of your sexual activity. And this is normally sufficient for most men!

Down Side?

The down side, however, is that these medications can interact with other certain medications, such as the protease inhibitor in patients being treated for HIV infection, as well as some blood pressure and heart medications. Potential irritating and/or potentially serious side effects reported by your urologist Des Moines include low blood pressure that can lead to fainting, headache, flushing, visual changes, and prolonged and painful erection that lasts several hours.

So are you a candidate for erectile dysfunction medications? It depends on your overall health and medications that you currently take.

If you’re interested in finding out if you’re a candidate for erectile dysfunction medications, call the office or urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar today to schedule a confidential consultation.

Urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar finds this to be a regular occurrence. A professional man, between the ages of 30 and 70, arrives in his office to discuss erectile dysfunction, confused because it’s never happened before.

During the discussion he discovers that the man is facing some sort of difficulty at work. And according to your urologist Des Moines, job strain can have a seriously detrimental effect on one’s sex life.

Whatever the source, problems at work often lead to problems in the bedroom. That’s when it’s time to go and see a urologist Des Moines because sex is not only good for your emotional well-being — it’s also really good for your health.

So how does job pressure affect one’s sex life?

First, we must recognize that loss of libido and erectile dysfunction are very common, and become more common as we get older. In varying degrees of severity, sexual dysfunction will affect close to 20% of middle-aged men when they reach their 50s.

The increasing intensity of our careers, along with technology that keeps us just one click away from checking in on work, also plays a role. One study investigating the link between job stress and sex revealed that longer working hours and the pressure to do more in less time had a significant

And the danger here isn’t just a loss of the health benefits of regular and rigorous sex, as a harmful spiral can result. To prevent this downward spiral, your urologist Des Moines talks to his patients about the various issues that are causing their stress. Sometimes simply helping patients understand the association between stress and sexual difficulties can provide some peace of mind. It reassures them their problems likely aren’t permanent.

So if you’re heading into a more demanding time in your career, consider addressing any potential intimacy problems in advance. Research shows that men who have regular intimate relationships with their partners are better able to withstand the effects of job tension on their sex lives.

If you’re experiencing intimacy problems – don’t hesitate – call the office of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar today to schedule a consultation.

For men, the health benefits of bicycling may involve a worrisome trade-off. According to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, while bicycling burns calories and improves cardiovascular fitness, too many hours on a bicycle seat can compress the artery and vital nerves leading to the penis.

The result is a risk of numbness, pain, and even erectile dysfunction.

A male cyclist can place a significant amount of his weight on the area between the scrotum and the anus where the nerves and arteries to the penis pass. This pressure in combination with a narrow saddle seat can injure a man’s arteries and nerves.

Your urologist Des Moines reports that the earliest warning sign is numbness or tingling and that even a young man may lose the ability to achieve an erection. And those highest at risk for problems are men who cycle more than three hours a week.

Dr. Zafar urges men to sit upright when they ride and replace the traditional bicycle saddle with a “no-nose” seat. This type of seat redistributes a man’s weight to the sit bones of the buttocks. Serious-minded cyclists who typically tend to lean forward in a racing position when they ride claim that they need the nose type seat to achieve more power and control.

The evidence that riding a bicycle can be harmful to men is very persuasive, but your urologist Des Moines maintains that it should be kept in perspective. If a patient asks if he should stop riding his bicycle because of the danger of erectile dysfunction, he advises them that they have a 50% chance of developing and dying from heart disease, so their main concern should be exercise and diet, which are the two main components of fighting heart disease and ED.

Your urologist Des Moines wouldn’t advise anyone to give up cycling because of fear of erectile dysfunction (ED). If ED does result from cycling, it’s typically temporary and reversible. Other sources of ED, such as hypertension and diabetes tend to be fairly permanent. If problems do exist, they’re usually treatable with proper bike fit and seat selection.

A change in a patient’s riding style can also help reduce pressure. Standing on the pedals during long rides can prevent pressure and help reestablish blood flow. If you are suffering from the effects of ED or have questions regarding your health routines, call our office today to schedule an appointment.

 If you’re struggling to get that spark ignited in the bedroom, urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar suggests that your diet could be the culprit.  By simply implementing a few changes, you can kick up your sex drive.

Here are some foods to boost your libido:

Watermelon:  Researchers have found that we have more sex in August than any other month and this could be due to one of summer’s favorite foods – watermelon.  Nutrients found in watermelons can have an effect similar to Viagra as it boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes the blood vessels.

Black Raspberries:  As kids, we used to enjoy picking this fruit and enjoying them straight from the bush.   According to your urologist Des Moines, these berries can eliminate bedroom boredom by enhancing both the libido and sexual endurance.

Ginseng tea:  Regularly drinking too much coffee floods the body with hormones typically generated in stressful times, which are known to negatively impacting libido and sexual performance.  Ginseng tea contains a compound that increases sexual satisfaction and decreases the occurrence of erectile dysfunction.

Eggs:  However you enjoy them – poached, scrambled or fried – eggs are sure to give you energy after a long day at work.  Full of protein, they keep you going strong without adding unnecessary calories.  Your urologist Des Moines adds that the amino acids found in eggs also help combat erectile dysfunction.

Oysters:  Often thought of as the classic aphrodisiac, oysters contain compounds that have been shown to raise testosterone levels, thereby boosting sexual desire and stamina.   They’re also a great source of zinc, which aids blood flow to the genitals of both men and women.

Nuts and seeds:  Take your sex life up a notch by adding these to your diet!  Cashews, almonds and walnuts contain essential fatty acids that increase sexual responses in the brain…and in the bedroom.  They also help with energy, memory, mood and libido.

Avocados:  It’s not well known, but according to your urologist Des Moines, avocadoes do have some sex benefits, such as being very heart-healthy and keeping the blood flowing to all the right places.  Men with underlying heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, so adding them to your diet is a definite plus.

Strawberries:   An excellent source of vitamin B, this fruit has been linked to higher sperm counts.  Coat them in chocolate to boost your libido even higher.

Figs:   Bursting with calcium, iron, potassium and zinc, this small fruit offers some big benefits.  They also contain fiber, which improves heart health and satisfies hunger without adding inches to your waistline.

If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, call the office of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar today to schedule and appointment.

According to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, the absence of erection is one of the most commonly known side effects of diabetes on the function of the male reproductive organ.  However, it’s not the only one, so it’s important to know what else affects men’s sexual health.

For example, lack of orgasm is the absence of sensation at the time of ejaculation, which can be a side effect of diabetes.  In advanced stages, the disease can cause the arteries to harden and nerve terminals to wither, so the way a body feels sensations completely changes.

Male orgasm is associated with tightening that occurs internally from the prostate and through the channel through which the sperm is ejected.  This is what really provides the feeling of pleasure.  Both can occur simultaneously or separately.  Your urologist Des Moines also adds that a person with diabetes may have affected sensitivity, which can happen when the orgasmic sensation is altered.

However, a lack of ejaculation is rare compared to sexual disorders such as premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction, occurring in between one and four percent of men, and in some cases being an effect of diabetes.

According to your urologist Des Moines, it typically takes about 2 to 4 minutes for a man to ejaculate after actively moving after penetration.  However, for those who suffer from late ejaculation, it may take a greater effort and a prolonged period of time, extending to 30 to 45 minutes.

When ejaculation is not achieved, a portion or all of the semen goes into the bladder instead of being ejected through the penis.  In the bladder, the semen gets mixed with urine and is eliminated during urination.

In addition to other treatments for diabetes, your urologist Des Moines may prescribe medication to improve the muscle tone of the neck of the bladder.  The risk of suffering sexual problems as a side effect of diabetes can be decreased by keeping the glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels as close to normal as possible. Equally important is regular physical activity and maintaining proper weight.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and have questions regarding its effects on your sexual functioning, call the office of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

The overwhelming majority of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar’s clients pursue help to manage erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.  And the interesting thing is that most of these clients are younger men, mainly in their late twenties to late thirties.

All men (even young virile ones) have occasional erectile issues. Most men view this rationally, but have a hard time coping when it actually happens to them. It consumes their thoughts, the anxiety rises, and the condition begins occurring with greater and greater frequency.

So your urologist Des Moines would like to offer tips regarding how to be a supportive partner when your partner is dealing with erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.

  • Remain polite and kind:  Think about how you would feel if you were the one having issues. Rolling your eyes or quickly jumping out of bed won’t do either of you any good.
  • Recognize the fear:  Remember that he’s not entirely in control of his body in that moment, and think about how scary that can be for anyone. He’s got all of this pressure and expectation on this one part of his anatomy, and suddenly it’s not doing what he wants it to do.
  • Appreciate that you’re both on the same team:  Let’s face it – you both want to satisfy each other. You’re both frustrated and uncertain about what to do when the problem arises, so keep in mind that you’re in this together!
  • Provide verbal reassurance. Say something to reassure your partner that it’s not a big deal.  You can also ask if there’s anything you can do to help, but try not to be demeaning with your tone.
  • Don’t take it personally.   While often this can be easier said than done, it’s genuinely not about you the majority of the time. The feelings of self-consciousness and insecurity may arise, but consciously decide not to act on them.

This advice from your urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar really just boils down to basic human compassion. If we can take a moment to get out of our own heads and recognize that the person in front of us is doubting his masculinity in that moment, we can be better partners.

 Your urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar warns that addiction to porn is contributing to an increase in the number of healthy, young men seeking medical treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED).

Porn-induced ED (PIED) is a comparatively new problem affecting a generation of men who have grown up with unlimited access to explicit pornographic material.  And having unrestricted access to the maximum stimulus that pornography provides can lead to a number of sexual dysfunctions, according to your urologist Des Moines.

Hundreds of men struggling with PIED have reported experiencing this problem in online addiction forums, some of which are receiving millions of hits per day.

A rising number of young men are turning to Viagra to rectify the problem, but the effort often proves useless because the real issue with PIED reigns in the brain. The problem is that the hormone released that enables that pleasurable state is part of the reward circuit in the brain and it can become desensitized to triggers.

Your urologist Des Moines explains that the compulsive need to find a better stimulus means that the brain’s pleasure center becomes numbed to sexual experiences that are considered to be normal, resulting in a lack of arousal and erectile issues with partners in real life.

Many men sharing their experiences online have spoken of similar issues, explaining that their addiction has resulted in feelings of isolation, depression and a lack of confidence.

As a result, men suffering from PIED and addiction are encouraging each other to quit the habit and begin rewiring their brain into being stimulated by natural sexual triggers.  Those in the back-to-basics stage have reported much higher sensitivity to more understated sexual triggers such as touch and smell.

Many others have told your urologist Des Moines that the ‘rebooting’ journey as life-changing, as it affects not only their sex lives, but their entire self-esteem.  Good sex should be about having fun, it’s about being able to express yourself and share yourself in a safe, loving, exciting or tender way; it’s not about imitating what you see on a computer screen.


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