To be honest, even after so many years and so many products in the market, the real definition of the term “Male enhancement” seems to be vague, at best. For different companies marketing their products, this term might refer to various techniques used to help men with performance issues in bed, and/or to increase penis size, or both or more.
Many people think that male enhancement is just another term for penis enlargement but some pills are made specifically for more semen production and improving endurance. There are numerous male enhancement products on the market but people sometimes lose trust in products because of their apparent ineffectiveness. Male enhancement is not a scam. However, some products fail to work because they lack adequate ingredients to produce visible results. Male enhancement pills also take time to show visible results.
There is no single substance that can help you achieve all your male enhancement goals – this is the reason why all male enhancement pills are composed of several active ingredients.
The ingredients used in male enhancement pills may include: peperine/bioperine, damiana, DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), epimedium, ginkgo leaf, folic acid, ginseng, l-arginine, tribulus, maca, yohimbine, and zinc. All these substances affect the body in different ways and in order to create an effective male enhancement pill, they must be used together.
The idea behind an effective male enhancement product is to manipulate the body’s endocrine system is such a way that promotes penile growth, and the best way to do it is to have higher dopamine, HGH and testosterone levels in the body and make the body get used to these higher levels.
However, when you make these changes in the body, the homeostasis system of the body kicks in and tries to resist change.
That is why, a multi-ingredient product that works via several mechanisms is required for male enhancement.
Reasons why better sex is so dependent on hormonal dynamics and complex neurochemistry
In order to understand why male enhancement pills become more effective as the number of active herbal ingredients increase, we must understand how the body responds to sexual stimulation.
Among the main problems affecting people who shop for male enhancement pills are small penis size, diminished sexual desire, performance issues, and decreased enjoyment. While small penis size might be caused by depression or low growth hormone levels in the body, it’s not a disease in itself. Other symptoms can be caused by several fixable physical and mental conditions.
Physicians unsuccessfully attempted to treat problems such as low libido with bio-identical hormones and that failure prompted them to think about why their technique didn’t work. The logical conclusion was that their method did not adequately cater for all problems that cause sexual problems. Human growth hormone, on the other hand seems to have a much comprehensive and long lasting effect on sex life, energy and vitality and libido and penis size. Read this scientific study about HGH and its role in penis size.
So, from the hormonal perspectives, it makes sense to go for a male enhancement pill that enhances your growth hormone levels, naturally.
Sexual dynamics and Neurochemistry of Sex
Scientists now know that in order to improve sexual performance, there are several aspects of sex that must be dealt with. It is a fact that the brain is the most important ingredient for better sexual performance. All hormones involved in controlling the four stages of sex including desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution are closely related to the brain.
This is the reason why any effective male enhancement pill must have the right ingredients to make sure that the body is well-equipped and that the brain is prepared for best performance. The four stages of sex are controlled by complex chemical reactions caused by neurotransmitters that work on your brain as well as other parts of the body. We shall now cover some of the important bases that any effective male enhancement pill must cover.
It is now a fact that dopamine, a very important neurotransmitter, is essential for sexual arousal. When a person takes medication that blocks dopamine receptors in the brain, his sexual desire is significantly reduced. There are other factors that cause reduced sexual desire other than medication. Fortunately dopamine levels can be increased by taking male enhancement supplements with the right combination of substances to restore sexual functionality.
The following are some substances that can be used to improve arousal by boosting dopamine production and effectiveness. Some substances do it more than others.
- Folic acid and vitamin B1 also help to improve erections
- Mucuna Pruriens
- Muira Puama
- Ginkgo Biloba also increases blood supply to the penis and prevents cell damage as a result of aging. It also prevents blood clotting
- Damiana also works on the nervous system to prevent erectile dysfunction
- Epidemium increases nitric oxide levels. Nitric oxide is used by the brain to communicate with the heart to increase blood flow to the penis. It also causes the blood vessels in the penis to dilate in order to take more blood.
- Ginseng optimizes the nervous system and testicles to prepare them for sexual activity
- Zinc promotes growth of sex organs
- Yohimbine is a powerful substance extracted from the bark of an African tree. It is so effective at causing erections that doctors prescribe it when a patient suffers from total erection failure. It also helps to treat diabetes – a major cause of erectile dysfunction. It comes with lots of side effects though.
Other substances that help to improve dopamine and arousal in men include: tyrosine and phenylalanine amino acids, chromium, and rhodiola rosea.
Effects of dopamine on penis size
Numerous male enhancement pills contain substances that enhance dopamine production. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that increases sexual arousal and improves many other aspects of sex. One of the things that dopamine does to your body is to increase penis size. This is one of the least known functions of dopamine.
The effect of dopamine on penis size was experienced accidentally by me when I was suffering from clinical depression. Depression is a known cause of decreased penis size. Scientists have also conducted many studies on the effects of the stress hormone cortisol as well as dopamine on the sex life. Steroid users and those into pro-bodybuilding would tell you that cortisol decreases penis size while dopamine does the opposite.
A real-world confirmation of the effects of dopamine on sex comes from politicians. People with great political power have the highest levels of dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for motivation but it is also apparently the cause of the numerous sex scandals that affect politicians.
Turning away from politics, patients note that when they take supplements meant to increase dopamine levels, the sizes of their flaccid penises increase. Most of the time, supplements that improve dopamine production also fix other problems associated with make performance and size issues. For instance, Vigrx Plus, one of the most common male enhancement drugs, has several ingredients to boost dopamine levels. Vigrx Plus has other substances that increase testosterone production, reduce cortisol, and encourage penis growth by improving HGH (human growth hormone) production.
Improving the plateau phase of sex
The plateau stage is the longest-lasting stage of sex and it is heavily dependent on chemical substances. This is the stage where excitement level builds up in preparation for the orgasm. In addition to dopamine, there is another chemical known as acetylcholine which is also responsible for arousal.
Acetylcholine is believed to be responsible for enabling people to concentrate on sex hence sustaining arousal. People with low acetylcholine levels are not able to concentrate on sex and this failure to concentrate disrupts the arousal process. Several substances have been known to boost acetylcholine including:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
One more interesting thing about Acetylcholine is that it increases Human growth hormone as well, by blocking the enzyme somatostatin that is an HGH-blocker. And you must know by now, HGH is required for any kind of muscle growth in the body, even penile growth.
Also, Acetylcholine sends signals to your nervous system, regarding libido and erections. In short, higher Acetylcholine means stronger erections.
Orgasm is the second-to-last stage of sex. It is also the shortest but most exhilarating stage of sex but there are several factors that make some people enjoy it more than others. One of the reasons why orgasm might become less enjoyable for some people is an inadequacy of chemicals needed to trigger orgasms. The most important of those chemicals is known as GABA.
GABA is responsible for promoting brain function and regulating sexual tone. When this chemical is in short supply, it becomes difficult for a person to let go of negative feelings, anxiety, and fear. This is the worst state to be in during sex and it affects your ability to achieve and/or enjoy orgasm.
A GABA deficiency can be remedied by the following substances.
- GABA supplements
- B vitamins
- Branched-chain amino acids including isoleucine, leucine, and valine
- Kava kava
Serotonin for improving sexual resolution
Resolution is the last stage of sex and it is controlled by neurotransmitters in the brain. The chemicals necessary for proper sexual resolution is serotonin. Its main functions include: modulating aggression, anger, sexuality, body temperature, mood, and sleep. Serotonin deficiency causes a decrease in intimacy and joy which in turn affects sexual resolution. Some of the nutrients that can help to address low serotonin levels include:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Saffron extract
Keeping serotonin high during sex is also a way to last longer in bed. The supplement Prosolution Plus has several ingredients that increase serotonin production and keeping them high.