If you are one of the millions of men suffering from erectile dysfunction, do not despair. Erectile dysfunction affects men of all ages, and there are a number of different causes. It does not have to be the end of your sexual life, as long as you acknowledge the problem, and then take appropriate steps to treat it. This article will help explain the various causes of erectile dysfunction, and outline the ways you can overcome it.
Erectile dysfunction can happen to men of any age, although its prevalence increases with age. Various studies have shown that approximately 9% of men under the age of 40 are affected by ED. This increases to 13% for men between the ages of 40 and 50, and 33% for men between the ages of 50 and 60. After the age of 60, the prevalence reaches 50% and higher.
Studies have also shown that only about 11% of sufferers have received any treatment for erectile dysfunction, and of these, only 18.6% reported suffering from ED all the time.
, regardless of how stressed you might be at the moment. Even though the problem may seem embarrassing and humiliating, you need to treat your erectile dysfunction like you would any other problem – acknowledge it and then implement the appropriate solution.
Here are the steps you need to take to overcome your erectile dysfunction and regain a healthy sex life:
1. Denying you have a problem or pretending it does not exist will only make the issue worse, especially if you are in a long term relationship, because of the effect this will have on your partner. The most important thing is to discuss the problem openly and honestly with your partner, and to make them feel reassured. Women often tend to blame themselves, thinking that they are no longer desirable, or they have done something wrong. This can take a heavy toll on your partner’s self esteem, and you should avoid that at all costs. Ultimately the longer the problem goes untreated, the more impact it will have on your relationship. But if you act early, you have every chance of returning to a healthy, satisfying sex life with your partner.
2. The younger you are, the more likely it is that the cause is psychological, and if you are older, the problem is more likely to be due to physiological causes. Consult a doctor or urologist, who will perform various tests, such as cholesterol, hormone levels, blood sugar, liver and kidney function. These tests will indicate whether there are any underlying physical conditions that are interfering with your normal erectile function. Where no underlying physical conditions are present, this indicates that there are no physical problems stopping you from achieving and maintaining healthy erections, and that your Erectile dysfunction is due to psychological causes.
if your erectile dysfunction is due to psychological causes (such as depression, relationship issues, low self esteem, or performance anxiety). There are many doctors, psychologists and qualified sex therapists who can help with these issues, and can work with you individually or as a couple, to set realistic expectations, improve communication, and work through any unresolved relationship issues.
3. Not only will exercise increase your circulation, but it is a great stress killer and is known to have a positive impact on depression. One of the many benefits of exercise is that it releases endorphins, the body’s natural “feel good” chemicals.
if your erectile dysfunction is due to physiological causes (such as reduced blood flow to the penis, or nerve damage as a result of some types of surgery). Invariably, poor circulation is due to a sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, excessive cholesterol in your diet, and smoking. Erectile dysfunction due to physiological causes may also be an indication of more serious problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and therefore must be taken seriously.
4. A comprehensive discussion of the different lifestyle choices is outside the scope of this article, but generally speaking, you need to focus on your cardiovascular health. A healthy cardiovascular system means a healthy heart, which means having high levels of good cholesterol (HDL), low levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), good circulation, and clear, unclogged arteries. All of this is vital to fighting eectile dysfunction, because being able to achieve a healthy erection depends on your heart being able to pump sufficient blood through your arteries to your penis.
5. To achieve a healthy heart, you need to adopt a healthy lifestyle, and this means getting regular exercise, and eating a healthy diet. Your diet should consist of plenty of fibre, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains, and lean protein, and should be low in fat and bad cholesterol. Regular exercise will boost circulation and help to further reduce cholesterol levels. Your exercise regime should include cardiovascular workouts as well as some strength training, which will help to increase your testosterone levels. And you can do specific pelvic (Kegel) exercises, which will tone your pelvic muscles.
Erectile dysfunction is not a terminal illness, and if you follow all these suggestions, you’ll be certain to get stronger erections, and be able to maintain a healthy, active sex life.