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Common questions about Erectile Dysfunction you are too embarrassed to ask your doctor about.

Your questions answered

Despite the fact that erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a normal part of a man’s life, there are still men who are too uncomfortable speaking to their physician about it. ED is a very common problem for older men, and it’s estimated that half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 have trouble getting or maintaining an erection during intercourse. We’ve provided answers to the most common questions men with erectile dysfunction are often too embarrassed to ask their physician.

Is it normal to have ED?
If you have trouble getting or maintaining an erection occasionally, then you likely have nothing to worry about. Mood, stress, and fatigue can all contribute to ED. Additionally, the older a man gets, the more common it may become to struggle to maintain an erection. If you are continuously unable to do so, there could be an issue. Remember, you are not a machine, and, just like some days are better than others, the same is true about erections.

What exactly is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction or ED, is the inability to get or keep an erection. Not being able to sustain an erection can interfere with sexual intercourse or make sex less satisfying. It can also lead to self-confidence problems and may even impact romantic relationships.

An erection is referred to as a physiological process resulting in increased arterial blood flow to the penis. Erectile dysfunction may arise when that blood flow is compromised, making it difficult to achieve or maintain an erection for sex.

There is a difference between occasional performance problems and erectile dysfunction. Generally, you need to be experiencing erectile dysfunction the majority of the time to be diagnosed with ED.

The clinical term ‘erectile dysfunction’ is reserved for men who have a problem getting or keeping an erection more often than not. And while it can certainly put a damper on sexual intimacy, ED can also serve as a warning sign of other serious health issues

When should I be concerned?
If you are having persistent difficulty getting or maintaining an erection during sexual intercourse, you should consult your physician.

Is it possible to have ‘a little’ ED?

It is possible to have varying degrees of erectile dysfunction and not all individuals present with the same symptoms.

“Though some men experience severe ED and are unable to obtain erections that are adequate for intercourse, many men experience mild to moderate symptoms of ED. Some men may have intermittent difficulty obtaining erections, and others men might have slightly decreased erection hardness or difficulty maintaining erections as long as they are used to

What are the most common causes of ED?

When aroused, the brain sends signals to nerve receptors in the body that This results in the pressure necessary to make it firm, or erect. The penis will remain hard until either ejaculation occurs or arousal stops. In many cases, circulation or blood flow problems are at fault for erectile problems.

Even though by the name alone it sounds like it should help, not hurt an erection, high blood pressure prevents the arteries that carry blood to the penis from expanding the way that they’re intended to. This causes a lack of blood flow to the penis and stops it from becoming erect.

Erectile problems can also be a sign of heart disease, as a narrowing of the arteries can make it difficult for the penis to receive enough blood flow to become erect.

Diabetes is another potential culprit, as it can lead to damage to the nerves and blood vessels that facilitate erections.

One of the signs that diabetes may be to blame for a man’s ED experience is the age of onset. ED tends to occur earlier in men with diabetes than in those who do not have the disease. In fact, sometimes a visit to the doctor for ED can lead to a diagnosis of diabetes the man previously didn’t know he had

Sometimes, medications taken to treat conditions other than ED can cause erectile problems.

Certain classes of antidepressant medications may sometimes induce the side effect of erectile dysfunction in patients

People with no circulatory problems or chronic medical conditions can still experience erectile dysfunction. Sometimes, difficulty achieving an erection can actually be linked to stress, fatigue, or nervousness about sexual performance. Hypnotherapy is proven to be effective in treating patients with such types of ED.

In younger men, situational erectile dysfunction caused by stress and anxiety related to sexual activity as well as work stress is the most common cause of ED.

Unfortunately, worrying about not being able to get an erection can actually prevent you from achieving one. If you’re finding that sexual performance fears are turning into a self-fulfilling prophecy, it could be smart to talk to a therapist or your healthcare provider about possible treatment options

Does weight contribute to ED?
There are many factors that can cause or contribute to ED, and being overweight is one of those factors. Improving your general health by losing weight, eating healthy foods and having regular physical exercise and seeing your doctor for regular examinations in order to detect any abnormalities, that can help be proactive and avoid the problem in the future.

Can smoking cause ED?
Smoking can cause many health problems, including ED. Smoking can damage blood vessels and restrict the proper flow of blood, which can contribute to ED.

What about alcohol?
Like smoking, alcohol can contribute to ED. While drinking has often been associated with an increase in a desire for sexual activity, over drinking can impact the body in many different ways and directly or indirectly cause erectile dysfunction. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can affect other organs like the liver and brain. Too much alcohol can contribute to ED.

Do chronic health conditions contribute to ED?
Yes! Diabetes, depression, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, neurological diseases, or kidney disease may contribute to ED. Sometimes the medications used to treat these conditions also can cause ED. Discuss your medications and medical conditions with your physician to learn more specifically about your individual health issues and to see if they could be contributing to ED.

How does stress affect ED?
General daily stress can affect ED, depending on how you deal with it. Anxiety is especially known to contribute to ED. Financial, emotional, and workplace stress can be a factor in the bedroom. Marital relationships and new partners issues can also contribute to ED

Can Hormonal Issues Contribute to ED?
Yes! Both men and women require certain hormones to have the desire for sexual activities. In men, testosterone and its by products are the usual cause of low desire and can lead to ED.

Is ED common?

Erectile dysfunction is very common

According to The Massachusetts Male Aging Study, ED is increasingly prevalent with age. Approximately 40% of men are affected at age 40 and nearly 70% of men are affected at age 70.

Is ED permanent or can it be cured?

It is possible to treat this condition in almost everyone.

Fortunately, ED can be effectively treated in almost all men. In many men, healthy lifestyle and diet can help prevent and sometimes reverse ED

In some cases, treating ED might involve working to heal the underlying medical conditions contributing to erectile problems. In other cases, working with a mental health professional can help to alleviate situational erectile dysfunction caused by stress and anxiety.

Supplements advertising themselves as treatments for ED are best avoided. 

Some herbal supplement manufacturers claim to have products that can help people achieve firmer or longer-lasting erections. The marketing of these supplements marketing isn’t always backed up by science.

Are there any non-drug options for treating ED?

Medications such as Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil) can help most people achieve erections strong enough for sexual activity. But these medications aren’t medically appropriate or desirable for everyone.

Since the brain is responsible for the initial induction of signals to the body’s hormone system and thus triggering the actions to increase blood flow to the penis treating the subconscious by the use of hypnosis is a valid therapy.

The good news is that making a few lifestyle tweaks might help ward off erectile dysfunction and even reverse some types of ED.   The adoption of an appropriate exercise routine can help sexual performance.

The extent to which lifestyle modifications can help improve ED symptoms.

Studies have linked aerobic exercise to improved erectile functioning. Additionally, nutritional choices have been shown to either exacerbate or ameliorate one’s ED symptoms. High-sodium, high-cholesterol, and high-fat foods make the list of what should be eliminated from the diet to lessen ED symptoms

Keeping physically fit is a great idea even if you’re not dealing with erectile dysfunction. Keeping an eye on your diet and making sure you’re staying active is a good way to help keep your sex life satisfying at all stages of life.

How can I improve my ED?
The first step is to be honest and recognize there is a problem. Do not be afraid or embarrassed. Improving your general physical health will also improve your issues with ED. Losing weight, exercising regularly, and eating healthy foods will promote a healthy body.

Can my medications cause ED?
There are many medications which can contribute to ED as a side-effect. Discuss your medications with your doctor to determine if they can be a factor. You may be able to switch to another medication to reduce this effect

If you have any questions of your own about Erectile Dysfunction why not ask me?   Anytime , your welcome.

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