Erectile dysfunction: inability to have a sex life

Erectile Dysfunction, also referred to as ED or impotence, is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough to have sex. Some men think that having a problem getting an erection from time to time is erectile dysfunction. However, that is not the case. But, if you do suffer or you think you suffer from erectile dysfunction, it can cause stress, some self-esteem issues, and can contribute to relationship problems. Sometimes, issues getting an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition. It is also a risk factor for heart disease. If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, consult your doctor; even if you feel embarrassed.

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Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

There are three main symptoms of erectile dysfunction. They are trouble getting an erection, trouble keeping an erection, and reduced sexual desire. You should see a family doctor when you start having erectile problems. Consult your doctor if you have concerns about your erections, or you’re experiencing other sexual problems such as premature or delayed ejaculation. Diabetes is also a concern. Let your doctor know if you have diabetes, heart disease, or another health condition that can contribute to erectile dysfunction. Or, let your doctor know if you have other symptoms along with erectile dysfunction.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by any issue that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. A minor combination of physical and psychological issues can cause erectile dysfunction. For example, a minor physical condition that causes a slow in sexual performance can lead to anxiety about maintaining an erection. This resulting anxiety may lead to or worsen erectile dysfunction.

Physical Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Most of the time, erectile dysfunction is caused by something physical. Common causes include: heart disease, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, certain prescription medications, tobacco use, peyronie’s disease, alcoholism, sleep disorders, treatments for prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate, surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord.

Psychological Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Since the brain plays a key role in the physical events that cause an erection, it can also play a key role in preventing the erection. A number of psychological conditions can cause erectile dysfunction. They are: depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions; stress; relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns.

Risk Factors of Erectile Dysfunction

There are many risk factors of erectile dysfunction. As you get older, erections can take longer to develop and they might not be as firm. You might need direct touch to your penis to get and keep an erection. Medical conditions, particularly diabetes or heart conditions; tobacco use, which restricts blood flow to veins and arteries; being overweight; certain medical treatments, such as prostate surgery or radiation treatment for cancer; injuries, particularly if they damage the nerves or arteries that control erections; medications, including antidepressants, antihistamines, and medications to treat high blood pressure, pain, or prostate conditions; psychological conditions, such as stress, anxiety, or depression; and drug and alcohol use, especially if you are a long term drug user or heavy drinker are all risk factors of erectile dysfunction.

Treating Erectile Dysfunction In Australia

There are many treatments for erectile dysfunction. They are as follows: Oral drugs or pills such as Viagra, Cialis in Australia online, Levitra, or Stendra; testosterone therapy; penile injections; intraurethral medication; vacuum erection devices; penile implants; or surgery to bypass penile artery damage for some younger men with a history of severe pelvic trauma.

Complications of Erectile Dysfunction

Complications of erectile dysfunction can include: an unsatisfactory sex life, stress or anxiety, embarrassment or low self esteem, relationship problems, and the inability to get your partner pregnant.

Prevention of Erectile Dysfunction

The best way to prevent erectile dysfunction is to make healthy lifestyle choices and manage any existing health conditions. For example: work with your doctor to manage diabetes, heart disease, or other chronic health conditions; see your doctor for regular check ups and medical screening tests; stop smoking, limit, or avoid alcohol, and don’t use illegal drugs; exercise regularly; take steps to reduce stress; get help for anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns.

Dr. Dylan Cook

Dr. Cook lived in numerous cities growing up and finished his medicinal school at the University of Minnesota, following that up with a residency in Idaho, before returning to his preferred state Colorado. Dylan Cook, MD, is a Board Guaranteed Family Prescription Doctor with more than 20 years of clinical experience.

5 thoughts on “Erectile dysfunction: inability to have a sex life

  1. I found out I had erectile dysfunction two years ago, in the last few days though I have been able to please my partner thanks to a treatment plan that includes dietary changes and exercise.

  2. Having a small penis (4″ when erect) has been a source of shame and embarrassment for me during my entire adulthood. Most women I’ve been with are polite and say it fits just fine, but a few have been visibly surprised that such a big and muscular man can be so under endowed. Guess it’s just my lot in life, you learn to love to give oral and make her think you’re a king that way!

  3. I remained a virgin till marriage because I was socially awkward and in most cases I prefer to avoid people, females especially. I was so poorly informed about sex, all i knew was from watching sex videos and reading mags. It was heartbreaking when on my wedding night, I was so excited that I barely lasted 5 minutes. My wife was terribly disappointed. However, she was supportive and helped me get proper sex ed, counsel and meds and now I’m much better

  4. I guess I could say I’m a lot like other men my age. I divorced several years ago and have been in and out of the dating scene. One thing that always seems to kill any prospective relationship is my inability to -ahem- perform in the bedroom. Erectile dysfunction wasn’t something I usually worried about until a date was inviting me over for an ‘evening coffee’. It’s one of those things were it would creep up on me- leaving us both frustrated in more ways than one.

  5. I have not had good sex in a very long time, it is so unfortunate. I have been having a ton of problems as far as performance goes. I can’t get it up, and when I do get it up, I don’t last for very long. I am stressed. It so embarrassing. I will probably just stop trying…

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