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Ways to Increase Blood Flow to The Penis

We've put together this comprehensive guide on how to help you increase blood flow to your penis.

Dr. Jed Kaminetsky
Board Certified Urologist, expert in male sexual dysfunction

by Dr. Jed Kaminetsky 9 min read

The mechanics of a penis and its sexual functions are pretty straightforward.

Blood rushes to where it needs to go, and when you get the job done with it, it goes back from whence it came. Everyone is happy.

Wait, hold on.

What happens if the blood ‘rush’ isn’t much of a rush per se, and more of a slow blood ebb? 

Well, what you get here is a problem that a third of men face- and something that can cause problems with sexual performance and anxiety.

And it culminates in what we know as erectile dysfunction.

Quick FAQs

Yes, there are several natural ways that you can increase blood flow to your penis such as diet and exercise.

As long as done correctly, then no. However, there are devices like non-medical penis pumps that can cause harm if not used properly.

Not only will your penis function better, but you will also begin to notice stronger erections and a healthier libido.

Reduce stress levels

Man with lots of stress has low blood flow to the penis

Stress triggers an innate response within your body that causes your blood vessels to constrict and then causes high blood pressure.

Stress increases the sympathetic nervous system which reduces blood flow to the periphery including the penis.

This is why your fingers get numb in cold weather.

This, of course, also restricts blood flow to the penis and causes trouble getting an erection.

See, a reduced or slow rate of blood flow to the penis and erectile tissue is caused by several factors, most of which overwhelmingly affect your health negatively and stress compounds almost all of them.

Sexual health is all about healthy blood flow. The better it is, the easier it is for you to get an erection.

The data is pretty clear: in this research article, the author points a direct link between the problems stresses cause with normal sexual function.

It can be anywhere from decreased libido to interruption with proper erectile function due to reduced blood flow.

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We realize that sources of stress can be hard or almost impossible to avoid sometimes, but finding ways to reduce it will go a long way in helping your overall sexual performance.

This not only helps your mental health but improving blood flow will also mean helping your physical health.

The first step in that process is identifying areas in your life that can augment the amount of stress you have in your life and work on alleviating it where you can.

Easier said than done, we know.

If you're finding it hard to deal with it personally, professional help in the form of therapy can help identify actionable changes in your life to help with sexual, physical, and mental health.

But if you're looking for something that's just less long-term and more immediate, guided meditation and breathing exercises work best.

The flow of breath through a guided meditation stance can then in turn help with the flow of blood within your body.

This breath-to-blood flow connection is something that most fitness professionals are already aware of and encourage.

Watch your weight

Scale with cloth tape measure resting on it

Your weight affects :

  • Your cardiovascular health i.e. blood circulation
  • Testosterone levels
  • Ability to maintain an erection

...and as a result your sexual performance. With increases in weight, all of these are impacted quite hard.

Your body runs an efficient system with an engine at the center. That engine(your heart) works 24 hours and takes no breaks in pushing blood around your body.

It has to work a little harder with increases in weight since blood vessels can be thinned out here.

This is why your doctor will recommend staying within a healthy weight bracket.

And this is why it's also related to sexual dysfunction.

This 2005 research study finds: erectile dysfunction is heavily influenced by your weight.

Obese or overweight men are more likely to face problems with sexual performance, maintain erections and have low testosterone caused by other factors relating to weight as well.

Medical issues that are commonly associated with obesity, such as hypertension(high blood pressure) and diabetes can both influence the proper delivery of blood to the erectile tissue in the penis.

While we're not advocating for you to obsess over your weight and ruin your body image, a healthy weight that allows for a better experience both in bed and in life will most definitely lead to an overall healthier lifestyle.

You need to improve blood flow for all of this to be possible!

Better blood flow is better for you, it helps you last longer!

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Prescription Medications

PRescription medication for erectile dysfunction

There are several prescription medication proven to get the blood flowing to your penis. These are referred to as PDE5 inhibitors and they have a well known reputation at helping men tackle erectile dysfunction.

These include:

  • Tadalafil(Cialis & Adcirca)
  • Sildenafil (VIagra, Revatio)
  • Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn™)
  • Avanafil (Stendra)

These are all only available with a prescription and each come with their own unique side effects. If you are considering taking a PDE5 inhibitor then speak to your doctor and find out which one is best for your needs.

Watch what you eat

Healthy food to help increase blood flow to the penis

Continuing on from above, we'll try and outline a diet of foods that help improve blood flow.

These also go a long way in providing you healthy vitamins necessary for both a healthy blood system and a great sex life!

What you’re putting in your body has a direct effect on your performance in bed.

For example, magnesium which plays an important role in many of your body’s biological functions can help increase the time it takes for you to ejaculate as shown in this medically reviewed article  So here's a list of foods that help accomplish the same.

  • Dark Chocolate - Being an aphrodisiac, it contains anandamide, a compound that helps your overall mood. Couple this with its anti-oxidant properties, you’ll be increasing the flow to the penis, helping you last longer, and helping with erectile dysfunction. 
  • Green Tea - Green tea is a natural anti-oxidant meaning it’ll help regulate blood supply to your sexual organs and help maintain erections. Having green tea regularly can have a great impact on your sexual health overall.
  • Fatty Fish - Chock full of Omega-3 acids, you’ll be improving your overall cardiovascular health with these foods. A good heart means a good penis! A good penis means longer times in bed. Longer times mean a better sex life!
  • Pumpkin Seeds - Containing both healthy amounts of Zinc and Omega-3 acids, these may help your male sexual performance in particular. Anything that has Zinc may help with premature ejaculation, and pumpkin seeds are a great source.
  • Avocados - Contain vitamins B, K, and C and have plenty of fibers and proteins. These regulate blood flow to organs which helps in performing better. So have that avocado toast in the mornings!
  • Pomegranates - Pomegranates or their juice are natural antioxidants, helping improve blood flow. A glass a day should be sufficient!
  • Watermelon - You may be surprised to learn that watermelons are a natural form of viagra! It creates arginine in your body which helps in dilating the blood vessels in your penis. This greatly helps with premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. Have some in your next fruit salad.
  • Beef - A natural source of zinc, beef ( and other types of red meat) is best eaten in moderation! Beef is also a great source of natural fatty acids which promote sexual wellbeing and an even better sex life.
  • Garlic and Ginseng - Ginseng helps with so a lot of your body’s core functions: cardiovascular, central nervous, and metabolic- to name a few. All these factors go into treat erectile dysfunction. Garlic does much of the same. It has antihypertensive properties making sure that your blood pressure is regulated, improving sexual health.
    • Red Wine - If you’re going to enjoy yourself, red wine is always a plus! With its antioxidant properties, you’ll enjoy yourself just a bit more. Alcohol and alcoholic products may hinder sexual performance. Use moderation to get the best results.

    Vitamins and supplements

    Vitamins and supplements to increase blood flow

    If you're looking for a way to 'supplement' your eating habits with something that is sure to give your circulation a little extra oomph, vitamins and supplements should be your go to choice.

    This isn't going to be an end all be all list of vitamins or supplements, and you should absolutely get professional medical advice before you start taking them but if you're looking to increase blood flow you can't go wrong with a vitamin or supplement that we'll list here.

    • L-arginine - Your body converts this supplement into nitric oxide, which helps expand your blood vessels and increase blood flow. This means that you can get an erection, and not have to worry about losing it due to reduced blood flow.
    • Vitamin E - This is great for hair, nails and your penis! It's also a easily found in most pharmacies as food-grade sources but if you want to go the natural way, consume it in oats, wheat and sunflower oil. Eating vitamin E rich food helps maintain better blood flow.
    • Vitamin B - Found in most leafy greens like spinach and kale, B vitamins are known to improve arterial functions, such as blood flow and reduce risk of other heart problems as talked about in this peer reviewed article. They'll positively affect your ability to get an erection by increasing blood flow to your penis.
    • VitaFLUX by Promescent - One of our products, VitaFLUX is clinically proven to increase erectile functioning by getting you the vitamins you need. Rich in nitric oxide, it helps with circulation and blood flow to your penis.

    Your treatment options here aren't limited at all but before you try out anything, you should seek a consultation with your doctor.

    For example, any Phosphodiesterase-5 (pde5) inhibitors are a choice for most men.

    The most common form of these types of inhibitors is Viagra.

    Though most, if not all, pde5 inhibitors are considered medications, and if you plan on taking prescribed medication you should talk to your medical professional or doctor.

    Exercise regularly to improve blood flow

    Man exercising to help increase blood flow to the penis

    Want to increase blood flow? Get that heart pumping.

    Exercise may help with a lot of things but for our concerns, it can help a lot with circulation which is our main benefit here.

    The medical benefits of exercise have never really been in dispute.

    The first thing any doctor will bring up with regards to improving penile problems is a well-regimented exercise schedule.

    Compounded with a great diet this can help bring down your blood pressure and help blood circulation to the penis.

    This 2017 study shows how aerobic exercises can really help people with hypertension gain an upper with their conditions.

    You'll need to consult a doctor or fitness professional to understand which exercises help with what.

    But if we're generally talking about erectile dysfunction ed and increased blood flow to the penis endurance training and resistance training is a good choice to boost circulation and even control complications with diabetes.

    If you plan on maintaining an erection and getting that penile tissue pumping, then you really need to get on a good diet and fitness regimen.

    If you're maintaining it you also reduce the risk of other health issues popping up.

    Reduce Alcohol and Nicotine Intake

     Reduce nicotine and alcohol intake for increased blood flow to the penis

    A meta-analysis of existing texts shows that alcohol can hinder penile performance because it can hinder blood flow to the penis.

    The same can be said for smoking nicotine.

    These days nicotine delivery devices are available in all shapes and forms. 

    From smoking to vaping-none of them are good for your blood flow and can contribute actors that can lead to erectile dysfunction.

    Nicotine makes your heart work double-time, making your arteries start to squeeze.

    For men this means trouble maintaining an erection due to reduced blood flow to the penis possibly resulting in erectile dysfunction.

    Sort of an anti-viagra.

    Alcohol has long been known to hinder male sexual performances by hindering blood flow.

    For most men, a couple of beers usually don't hurt before sex.

    But if your arteries already have trouble getting blood where it needs to be then even moderate amounts won't help.

    Proper blood flow to the penis is necessary for men to perform in bed. Alcohol and nicotine aren't doing any favors here.

    Try to consume alcoholic beverages in moderation, if at all before sexual encounters. Your penis will thank you.

    Most medical experts agree both these substances have adverse effects on your health so avoiding or minimizing them can really boost your performance in bed.


    Happy man with increase blood flow to his penis

    It's not a coincidence that ways to improve blood flow also result in a better overall lifestyle.

    A great fitness regimen coupled with a stellar diet that includes vitamins, foods like red meat, and medically approved medications give a great path to better performance in bed.

    The end goal is better blood flow to the penis.

    Anything that decreases penile blood flow also decreases cardiac blood flow and risk of cardiac disease.

    No one dies of ED but people do die of cardiac disease.

    An erect penis is a healthy penis and is indicative of overall good health!

    We hope we've covered all bases to help you get there!

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    Dr. Jed Kaminetsky
    Dr. Jed Kaminetsky

    Dr. Jed Kaminetsky M.D. is an American Board Certified Urologist and earned his Medical Degree at New York University. In his tenure he became a member of the American Urological Association and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Kaminetsky pioneered the minimally invasive Rezum BPH treatment and is an expert in male and female dysfunction.