Erectile dysfunction (sometimes shortened to ED) is one of the most common forms of sexual dysfunction, affecting an estimated 1 million men in Australia. But even though ED is more prevalent than many people realise, there are still quite a few common misconceptions about this condition.
In this article, we will share the basics of erectile dysfunction, including what it is and who experiences it. We’ll also discuss the treatment options available for ED and share why it is critical to seek treatment if you’re dealing with it. By the end, you’ll gain a better overall understanding of ED and get next steps for finding treatment.
What is erectile dysfunction?
Medical experts define erectile dysfunction as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection in order to have sexual intercourse until the point of ejaculation. It’s also called impotence. As mentioned earlier, it’s an incredibly common condition (not a disease) that many men deal with during their lifetime.
It’s important to note, however, that the occasional failure to get an erection doesn’t qualify as ED. Almost all men will be unable to get erect at some point in their lives, for one reason or another. Instead, erectile dysfunction refers to the chronic inability to get it up over periods of three months or longer.
Who does ED affect?
For the most part, erectile dysfunction affects men as they get older. We’ll take a deeper dive into the causes of ED in the next section, but in short, it’s a result of physical and psychological factors that occur in a man’s life.
But it’s important to note that younger men can also have erectile dysfunction. In fact, researchers found that about 26% of men under age 40 have ED, with half of those experiencing a severe form of it.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is caused by physical health conditions, psychogenic issues, or some combination of the two. Let’s explore each of these groups in a bit more detail.
There is a range of common health problems that men deal with as they age. Unfortunately, not only can these conditions impact your overall physical health, but they can also lead to ED. Here are a few examples:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Hearth disease
- Spinal cord injury
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
At the same time, your mental health can also contribute to your sexual health. If you’re dealing with any of the following psychogenic issues, it could lead to problems in the bedroom (including ED).
- Stress (related to work, your relationship, or finances, for example)
- Performance anxiety related to sex
Also, some prescription medications taken to treat the above conditions (especially depression and high blood pressure/cholesterol) can cause erectile dysfunction.
What treatments are available for ED?
Now that we’ve discussed the details about ED and how it happens, let’s explore some of the treatments available to deal with it.
Since a variety of factors often cause erectile dysfunction, you may need to combine different types of treatment to improve your condition. In any case, you’ll first need to chat with a doctor to identify the underlying causes and get a recommended treatment plan.
If your ED is related to psychological issues, you might find it useful to speak with a counsellor or therapist. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, or stress, a trusted mental health professional will help you work through your challenges to improve your mental wellbeing. In turn, this treatment can alleviate ED.
Your doctor can also provide prescriptions and other noninvasive treatments that boost erectile function. These medications may be taken in tandem with psychotherapy treatment, so you can deal with physical and psychological-related ED (if necessary).
Why is erectile dysfunction treatment necessary?
There are several important reasons to treat ED — and some of them aren’t as obvious as you might think. Besides improving your mental health and confidence in the bedroom, erectile dysfunction treatment can also strengthen your relationship with your significant other, as well as your overall physical health. Here’s how ED treatment can significantly improve your quality of life.
First, erectile dysfunction and other sexual disorders often have a detrimental impact on men, causing lower self-esteem and leading to mental health issues. For that reason, seeking ED treatment is essential for your mental wellbeing.
In addition, physical intimacy is important to a relationship, and untreated erectile dysfunction can sabotage your sex life. Treatment is critical to ensure that both you and your partner feel satisfied with the sexual side of your relationship.
Finally, seeking treatment might even uncover underlying health conditions you weren’t aware that you had. As you know, ED is often caused by common physical health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes. So if you can’t quickly determine what is triggering erectile dysfunction for you, then you may have one of these health conditions without knowing it.
No matter what is causing your ED, booking an appointment with a medical professional is the first step to treating it. If you’re hesitant to discuss your sexual health concerns with your regular GP, you can schedule a consultation with a specialty ED clinic, like Men’s Health Clinic.
As a leading provider of men’s sexual health treatment in Australia, Men’s Health Clinic has a long history of diagnosing and treating common conditions like erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation (PE), and testosterone deficiency (TD). We understand the anxieties that can accompany these conditions, so we treat each patient’s situation with sensitivity and confidentiality.
At Men’s Health Clinic, we’re here to help you get your confidence back. To get started, visit our website to fill out our online assessment or book a virtual consultation with one of our Australian licenced doctors. From there, our medical team will create a customised treatment plan for you and ship your prescriptions discreetly to your door.
Learn more about Men’s Health Clinic by calling us today on 1300 878 117.