Who Suffers From Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction – also referred to as impotence – is a condition in which a man may have difficulty getting an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse, or maintaining it long enough to ejaculate. Roughly half of Australian men aged 40 and older have some degree of erectile dysfunction, though they may be hesitant to speak about it. Unfortunately, keeping their health status a secret from their doctor will not do them any good in the bedroom and may also prevent them from finding an adequate solution. Men who have suffered from this condition are usually well aware of the stigma regarding a man who isn’t always ready for intercourse, not to mention the damage that can occur within relationships when a sexual partner feels unsatisfied or even unattractive to their lover, so there is usually a very high desire to change the situation even if someone is reluctant to get help.
Before seeking professional help, it is advisable to take stock of the situation and determine whether or not the problem is temporary, easily fixable through lifestyle changes, or something that a physician needs to assist with. In some cases the underlying issue is something very simple, perhaps a problem with the relationship which would be remedied if the couple works on their problems together or even splits up and the two form relationships with other people. This is unfortunate, but in some cases it is a very easy remedy. Other times there may be outside stress contributing which could be anything from financial difficulties to deadlines at work.
If there isn’t any real psychological pressure outside of the unsatisfactory erections, it is time to begin looking at lifestyle factors, something which can often be remedied at home without the aid of a doctor. Some of the most common causes of lifestyle-induced erection difficulties all pertain to substance abuse. Alcohol, as a nervous system depressant, can have the most immediate effects which are readily apparent when someone becomes too drunk for intercourse and cannot obtain an erection while inebriated. This can later translate into constant erectile difficulties, even while sober. Using other drugs, especially other depressants, has a very similar effect.
The relationship between smoking and erectile problems is more complicated because smoking tobacco can cause two different issues which both contribute to weakening erections. The first and most obvious is the fact that smoking is bad for the heart and causes the arteries to narrow and gives similar results to high blood pressure in that regard.
The second factor is one many people do not know about: saltpeter. Saltpeter, also known as potassium nitrate, helps cigarettes to burn properly, but it also decreases the libido and makes it more difficult to get an erection. Regardless of the legality of these substances, they should be avoided for health reasons, and especially because of their impact on penile erection.
Obesity is the final lifestyle factor that contributes to erectile difficulties. Not only does being overweight damage blood vessels and make the heart work harder to circulate blood, it actually disrupts hormone levels by reducing the amount of testosterone because fat cells aromatize testosterone into estrogen.
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If lifestyle changes do not produce the desired results, it may be time to speak with a doctor. Why is it important to be open with healthcare providers about less-than-satisfactory erections? Mostly because of the fact that treatment can – and usually does – improve the situation. There are some causes of erectile dysfunction which absolutely must be addressed by a physician, such as:
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Kidney disease
- Side-effects of medications
Unfortunately in rare cases there may be little which can be done to assist a man in getting firmer, longer-lasting erections. This can occur when there is damage to either the penis itself or the nerves and blood vessels responsible for blood flow to the area.
Sometimes it happens because there has been trauma to the pelvic region due to surgeries, accidents, or other injuries. While it is not typically seen, in some cases the man may have a condition known as Peyronie’s Disease, which causes scar tissue to develop within the penis and can sometimes even result in a very visible curvature which in some cases is so dramatic that even if an erection does become apparent, penetrative sex may be impossible to achieve.
While it is advisable to make healthy lifestyle choices and, if necessary, seek the help of a physician, in some cases the best thing to be done is opening one’s mind to other possibilities and seeking out ways to be intimate that don’t depend entirely upon the penis. This is especially true at an advanced age, when erectile difficulties become more and more common and sometimes energy or mobility becomes limited so that other forms of intimacy hold increasing appeal. Rather than a race to achieve some pre-established goal, couples should decide together what feels most rewarding and enjoyable to them, at whatever stage of life they are enjoying together.