I am experiencing erectile dysfunction/weak erections. What should I do to improve this?
The pelvic floor muscles consist of two layers, a deeper layer of muscles that support the internal organs, and a more superficial/outer layer of smaller muscles that surround the urethra, anus, and the penis.
The deep relaxation poses, trigger point release exercises, and stretches in the first 2 months of our program
Overcome Pelvic Pain For Men
RELAX both layers of pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor muscles are quite often tight and clenched from issues that vary, depending on the person. These issues can range from stress, to too much sitting, to poor posture, to past history of injury or trauma to the pelvic region (i.e. a car accident or fall on the tailbone), to over-activation from certain sports or activities, or from underuse if there's been a long period of inactivity.
Focusing on relaxation (via the Overcome exercises and stretches) allows oxygenated blood to move freely through the tissues again, thereby allowing both layers of pelvic floor muscles to work better (put simply!)
As you move through the second month, and into the 3rd month of the Overcome program, you'll begin gentle strengthening exercises for your hips and pelvic floor. This improves coordination and control of the muscles that surround the penis. The Bulbocavernosus muscle, also called Bulbospongiosus, is one of the outer-layer pelvic floor muscles that's located around the penis. This muscle puts pressure on the penis when it contracts, and during erection, it compresses the deep dorsal vein, which helps keep the blood flow in the penis (and helps keep the penis erect). During orgasm, the pelvic floor muscles contract to help expel the ejaculate (and it's perceived by the brain as a pleasurable experience).
So as you can see, there are many reasons to first relax, and then strengthen, the pelvic floor in relation to erection and improved intimacy. The Overcome program is designed to help in a stepwise progression that won't overtax your muscles and will ultimately allow you to return to strength!