Erectile Dysfunction is a medical condition where a man is consistently unable to achieve and maintain an erection that allows for satisfactory sexual function.
Though all men may experience an occasional lapse of sexual function, ED is the recurring inability to achieve an adequate erection, despite being sexually aroused. The Canadian Study of Erectile Dysfunction identified that ED impacts half of men over 40.
Erectile dysfunction is a potentially treatable medical condition that is not related to masculinity or sexual prowess.
For some men with ED, penetration may not be possible. For others, penetration can be initiated but not maintained until orgasm is reached.
Men with ED can lose confidence in their sexual ability and their overall sense of self-worth can be negatively affected.
Erectile dysfunction can have a devastating psychological impact for individuals and couples.
Innovative technology means a new era of treatment options.
While both psychological and biological factors can cause erectile dysfunction, in reality the mind and body work together in sexual arousal, so most men have both factors in varying proportions.
Men with healthier lifestyles – no tobacco, less sitting, more exercise, and who maintain a healthy weight – typically have a lower risk of erectile dysfunction than other men in the same age group.
Men who suffer from clinical depression, anxiety, chronic stress, or who are experiencing challenges in their relationship with their partner, may have erectile difficulties.
Some of the medications that treat depression can also contribute to the problem. The inability to perform sexually can cause further anxiety and depression, creating a downward spiral.
Health conditions or lifestyle choices that affect blood circulation, structural anomalies in the penis, certain neurological conditions, hormonal deficiencies, and medication side effects, can all contribute to erectile dysfunction.
A constellation of factors may result in erectile dysfunction.
Aging : a key contributor
Patients should do everything they can to improve their vascular and aerobic health. Exercise is important, as is a good diet.
Lifestyle changes may allow a man to achieve an erection more easily. Some of the potential lifestyle changes a man can try include:
A man may also want to undergo counselling to help with stress, anxiety, or depression. Changes of this kind are intended to improve the ability to have sexual intercourse without worrying about ED symptoms.