During the sixth week I would do the following:
- Continue the actions from earlier weeks (except for abstaining from sex)
- Sleep more and better
- Try to have sex once, but not to the point of orgasm
As for the other sections, I would also in this week continue the actions from the earlier weeks. What I am doing in this program is to stack one positive change on top of the other, and maintain them throughout the program. It would therefore not make much sense to eat healthy (for instance) for only one week, and then discard these principles.
Sleep is essential in order to function well, not just sexually, but in any context. With inadequate sleep, we get slow, sloppy, our systems don’t work well and our bodies and minds start to fail. In fact, taken to the extreme, lack of sleep will cause death.
What happens during sleep is that our bodies restore, repair and rejuvenate themselves to get ready for next day. Muscles, tissues, organs and bodily functions are fixed and re-balanced. During sleep, our brains also process the experiences that happened during that day, which enables learning.
When we sleep, our bodies and brains also clears out waste and toxins so that we start with a clean slate when we wake up. Also, our brains use sleep to maintain and repair our dopamine receptors, which are essential in order for us to process and use dopamine.
However, what is perhaps even more interesting about sleep, is that we produce testosterone while we sleep. This hormone, which is essential for functioning sexually, is produced while we sleep. Therefore, if a person only gets 4 hours of sleep while he needs 8 hours of sleep to be fully recharged, he only produces about half of the testosterone he otherwise would have.
During this sixth week, I would therefore try to ensure that I slept well. The key would be to try to sleep enough. For me that is somewhere between 7 and 8 hours. So I would try very hard to get my 7-8 hours of sleep every night. In order to achieve this, I would go to bed approximately the same time every night, regardless of whether it was Tuesday or Saturday.
I would also ensure that my sleeping environment would be appropriate for sleeping and for sleeping well. This would mean a completely dark room. I would block out light with blinds or good curtains. Or if this was not possible (or practical) I would wear a mask over my eyes.
And a good sleeping environment would also be silent. I would make sure I slept in place that was very quiet, or if not, I would sleep with earplugs.
In addition, I would make sure the room was not too hot (or too cold) for sleeping. So in the summer for instance, I would put on air condition or use a fan if it got super hot.
I would also not expose myself to intense light right before bedtime, such as from using a computer, tablet or similar or be in very bright rooms. If I exposed myself to bright lights, I could impair the production in my body of melatonin, the hormone that puts us to sleep.
In addition, I would not drink caffeinated drinks anytime close to bedtime, or drink alcohol – both of which may result in poor sleep.
During week 5, I would have tried to have sex for the first time since I started this step-by-step plan. If this was successful, I might have already partially or fully overcome my sexual problems. However, if sex was not fully satisfactory last week, I would again in this week try to have sex once.
Similarly to the preceding week, it would also this time prefer to be with a very understanding and patient partner, and for us to work together towards the goals of overcoming my sexual health problems.
I would also this time be very straight-to-the-point about the sex. I would not engage in much foreplay – just enough to get an erection, and then proceed to intercourse. The reason for this, is that I would avoid first getting an erection, losing it and then have to re-get the erection, because it can sometimes be much more difficult to get the second erection.
And also, if it were safe, I would not use a condom and I would have sex in my favorite position(s). I would do this in order to maximize the pleasurable sensations from sex, and thereby increasing the chances that sex would be successful.
I would again refrain from having an orgasm. By not having an orgasm, I would conserve the libido I had built up during the last five weeks, and I could therefore continue to be sexually top-charged. If on the other hand I were to have an orgasm, I would in all likelihood lose most of this built-up libido. To learn more about my experience with orgasm and ejaculation on Truelibido, please go here.
I would by now be six weeks into the step-by-step plan. It is possible that by now, my body would have been re-balanced enough to be ready for sex. There would only be one way to find out. And that would be to again try to have sex. So in this week, I would again try to have sex once.
Was I able to have sex successfully this week? If yes, then great! I should then simply by continuing the principles from week 1-6, be able to continue to function well sexually, and therefore have cured my ED. In other words, simply by diligently maintaining these principles, I should have permanently overcome erectile dysfunction.
And if I wanted to, I could stop further advances of the program, and rather stick with the principles I had learned during these six weeks.
If I had come to the point where I had solved my erectile dysfunction and libido problems, it is very likely that these problems were directly caused by one or more of the following: excessive sexual stimulation, nutritional deficiency, smoking / drinking / drug abuse, inadequate exercise, weak pelvic floor muscles, stress or bad sleep.
I could then adjust how often I would be able to have sex during a week and still function well sexually, and find a frequency that was right for me. Perhaps this would be once a week, perhaps twice, perhaps even more often.
Although not having orgasms is super beneficial in order to build up libido, it is also practically impossible for most men to refrain from having orgasms for very long periods of time. Therefore, I would allow myself to have an orgasm every now and then, but if possible, only every 4-6 weeks.
Even if I was able to have successful sex after these six weeks, there would be nothing stopping me from continuing to week seven and beyond of the program, if I wanted to. If I thought I could achieve further progress by following the step-by-step plan, for instance to get an even stronger libido, I could of course do that.
At the same time, if sex was indeed successful and I wanted to try to find the one or main causes of my erectile dysfunction and libido problems, I could start reversing the principles one by one. For instance, I could reverse the changes I made regarding sleep and at the same time maintain all other changes.
If I did this for a few weeks and I was still able to function as well sexually as before, then the sleep changes were probably not responsible for my problems. I could then roll back another change, and so on and so on and try to get to the very bottom of my erectile dysfunction and libido problems.
If I were not able to have satisfactory sex this time, I would still not give up. I would only be in week 6 of the 10-week program, and there would still be 1) many more changes to make, and 2) my body may just still need more time to adjust.
But even if sex was not successful, I would still take note of any improvements I noticed. Was I able to get an erection while having sex, but lost my erection after initiating sex? Would I have stronger morning erections?
If I saw improvements, I would be encouraged and believe that I was on the right track to overcome my problems.