What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction, also called ED is a medical condition that leads a man to have difficulty achieving and/or maintaining an erection. In some men, ED is mild, causing occasional problems of erection, while in others it is a more serious condition, and often (or always) erection problems.
Other forms of erection problems may include:
- Inability to achieve an erection
- Can achieve an erection, but not a sufficient stiffness level to allow penetration
- Can achieve an erection but not keep it until the end of intercourse
Where does Erectile Dysfunction Come From?
ED can be caused by physical or psychological problems. It can also be caused by an underlying medical condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or a side effect of medication you are taking. Your doctor will determine the origin of ED and prescribe the necessary treatment.
Is Erectile Dysfunction caused by Old Age?
The probability of suffering from erectile dysfunction increases with age, but this problem is not an inevitability. There are many treatment options available, and you should consult your doctor to help you ward off those obstacles.
Am I the only one suffering from Erectile Dysfunction?
Of course not. In fact, approximately 52% of men between 40 and 70 years suffer from ED.
Can Erectile Dysfunction co-exist with other Problems?
Men with ED may also suffer from conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
How is Erectile Dysfunction Treated?
Your doctor may recommend various treatment options. Often, doctors prescribe medicines called PDE5 inhibitors, which help increase blood flow in the penis, which is necessary to achieve and maintain an erection. Psychological counseling, diet changes or lifestyle changes may also prove to be effective, as well as other medical therapies such as injections, vacuum pumps or surgery.
How should I talk to my Doctor about my Erectile Dysfunction?
The subject may be difficult to address, but your doctor is there to help. And do not forget that it will keep your health information confidential. Erectile dysfunction is a problem that doctors deal regularly with, so you should not feel embarrassed.
Should I Talk to my Partner about my Problem?
If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, one of the most important things you can do is talk to your partner about what is going on. Start the conversation telling your partner that you are aware she knows. Changes are, you will get fully supported.