Are you afraid to admit you have erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is an uncomfortable subject of discussion for many men, yet it is actually very common. Many men with erectile dysfunction may feel embarrassed and ashamed and presume they are one of very few men affected; however, this is completely wrong, as erectile dysfunction affects many men, especially older men.
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction used to be known as impotence; it occurs when a man has difficulty getting and maintaining an erection. Erectile dysfunction prevents men from having sexual intercourse and it can also have implications for their confidence, mental wellbeing and self-esteem.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
There are many possible causes of erectile dysfunction, including physical and psychological causes. In older men, the most common cause is restricted blood flow around the body, which is often associated with cardiovascular problems. Other causes include underlying health conditions, physical abnormalities of the penis and psychological factors, including depression, anxiety and stress.
What can be done?
There are various treatment options from impotence doctors for erectile dysfunction; often, a doctor will recommend lifestyle changes before suggesting a formal treatment, which may include increasing the amount of exercise you do, eating a healthy, balanced diet and cutting down on drinking and smoking.
If your doctor thinks that erectile dysfunction could be linked to an underlying medical condition, this will be treated as a priority; likewise, if you are taking medication, which may be contributing to erectile dysfunction, your doctor may prescribe an alternative drug.
Treatment options include medication to improve blood flow to the penis, vacuum pumps, surgery (in rare cases) and psychological therapies, including sex therapy, couple’s counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy.
It is important to remember that your doctor will have seen hundreds of men with erectile dysfunction and there is nothing to embarrassed or ashamed about; it is also worth noting that treatment is successful in the vast majority of cases.