Men Sexual Health Erectile Dysfunction


So many men out there are indulging in excesses just because they know that their marriages are crumbling, and would rather stay dissociated from that nagging partner who wants to go all the way, just so often, they think. Around 30 million U.S. men have erectile dysfunction. The prevalence of erectile dysfunction increases with age. It’s estimated that mild or moderate ED affects 10 percent more men each decade of life (60 percent of men in their sixties, for example). However, ED can also occur among younger men. One study found that 1 in 4 men seeking their first treatment for ED were less than 40 years old. The truth is, many men out there struggling with impotence, also called erectile dysfunction have lower self-esteem compared to their equals who perform above average in their bedrooms. While things to do with bedroom antics are so reserved by many, it is also a leading cause of divorce and relationships break-ups. That nobody wants to talk about it openly makes it seem like a labyrinth without a way out. In fact, many men think that they can never redeem their vitality once they sense the onset of symptoms of erectile dysfunction. What exactly could be wrong? Erectile dysfunction (ED) occur when a man has ongoing problems getting and keeping an erection. Without treatment, ED can make sex difficult. The problem is reported by 1 in 5 men, and that number gets bigger with age. Men can have several types of issues including poor sex drive and problems with ejaculation. But ED refers specifically to trouble getting or keeping an erection. You might have a healthy sex drive, but a body that won’t respond. Most of the time there is a physical basis for the problem.

Erection 101

You get an erection when blood fills two chambers known as the corpora cavernosa. This causes your penis to expand and stiffen, much like a balloon as it is filled with water. Impulses from the brain and genital nerves start the process. Anything that blocks these impulses or restricts blood flow to the penis can cause ED.

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

Your ability to become aroused is a complicated process. Your emotions, brain, hormones, nerves, blood vessels, and muscles all play an intricate part in male arousal. When any of these pieces aren’t in line, it can cause some kind of dysfunction.

It’s also important to remember that your mental health plays as much a part of your sexual ability as your physical health. Stress and other mental health concerns can cause or make erectile dysfunction worse. Minor health problems may slow your sexual response, but the accompanying anxiety that comes with the slow sexual response can shut things down entirely.

Occasional, or intermittent, sexual problems don’t necessarily point to erectile dysfunction. But you may be dealing with erectile dysfunction when the following symptoms are persistent:

  1. Trouble getting an erection.

  1. Trouble keeping an erection.
  2. Reduced sexual desire.

Who is at risk of getting Erectile Dysfunction?

There are many risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing ED. These risk factors are often related to blood flow and circulation. Other risk factors can include injuries. One important risk factor for ED is increasing age. As you get older, you may find that it’s more difficult to get or maintain an erection. You may also notice that you may require more direct stimulation to get an erection.

Additional risk factors for ED include:

  • Having a medical condition such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
  • Having a psychological condition such as anxiety or depression.
  • Having overweight, particularly obesity.
  • Sustaining an injury to or having surgery on your pelvic area.
  • Taking certain medications, such as antidepressants or blood pressure medications.

  • Undergoing specific medical treatment, such radiation therapy for cancer.

  • Using tobacco products, drugs, or alcohol.

Complications that may arise as a result of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a sexual health problem. It does not generally cause other, physical health problems. However, ED may be a sign of potentially significant underlying conditions. Left untreated, these could have a substantial impact on your health. Therefore, it is important to discuss any symptoms of ED with your doctor.

Although ED does not cause physical health problems, it can cause problems in relationships, such as:

  • Unhappiness with your sex life

  • Problems getting your partner pregnant.
  • Other marital or relationship difficulties.

It can also cause psychological problems, such as:

  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Decreased self-esteem.
  • Stress.

Is Erectile Dysfunction Preventable?

There are several steps you can take to help prevent ED. Many of these steps involve making healthy lifestyle changes. Therefore, they’re not only good for preventing ED, but also for improving your overall health;

  • Keep medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes under control.
  • Get to sleep-Lack of restful sleep substantially impacts your sexual performance. Studies show that men with interrupted breathing at night, or sleep apnea, improved their erectile function after using a CPAP breathing machine at night.

  • Make sure that you get regular exercise.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Focus on eating a healthy diet.
  • Find ways to reduce or manage stress.
  • Seek help if you’re experiencing anxiety or depression.
  • Quit smoking.

  • Only use alcohol in moderation.
  • Avoid using drugs that haven’t been recommended by your doctor.
  • Increase sexual frequency- Frequent or regular sex can help you improve overall performance. One study found that men who had intercourse less than once a week were twice as likely to develop ED at least once a week.

Can Erectile Dysfunction be treated?

When you make an appointment to discuss ED with your doctor, he’ll go over your options and help you decide what’s best for your unique situation. He might suggest making lifestyle changes, trying drug therapy, or getting a penile implant, but I hope it does not even get to that, because penile implants are expensive and not covered by many insurance firms.

  1. Drug Therapy- When lifestyle changes alone don’t work, drug therapy is normally the next step. Most of these medications work similarly to enhance a natural chemical in your body that relaxes the muscles in your penis. The goal of this medication is to increase your response to sexual stimulation by increasing the blood flow in your penis allowing you to get an erection. With drug therapy, there’s a risk of side effects such as headaches, back pain or an upset stomach. Before taking any medication for erectile dysfunction, or for any other condition it is important to ensure you consult your doctor.

  1. Penile Pumps- Also called vacuum devices; penile pumps are devices that are placed over the penis to draw blood into the shaft. Once the vacuum creates an erection, the retaining band is slid down to the lower end of the penis, and the pump is removed. An erection typically will last long enough for intercourse but your penis may be cold to the touch, and the rubber band may restrict ejaculation.

  1. Penile Implants-When other treatments haven’t helped, a penile implant may be the right solution. A penile implant is a medical device that is surgically placed into a penis to mimic the look and performance of a natural erection. Implants are custom-fitted to your anatomy. Sensitivity and the ability to ejaculate aren’t typically affected either, so you’ll be able to have an orgasm normally, unless otherwise inhibited by another underlying medical condition.

Please, do not feel embarrassed to talk to your doctor and discuss the available remedies for erectile dysfunction. It is okay not to have a sustained erection once in a while, but do not let it ruin your relationship or marriage. I hope you find as much help reading this. It is never that serious, every man should have an erection, at least normally so do not feel estranged if it does not come at the right time when you need it. There is help. Go get it and hope you have a greater performance in your sex life. As always, stay well and healthy.