More than 18 million men over the age of 20 suffer from erectile dysfunction. Due to the negative stigma surrounding this disease, only 33% of men choose to discuss questions they have with their doctors. It is important to speak with a doctor or specialist if you believe you have ED, and here are some of the FAQs of erectile dysfunction, answered and explained.
What is erectile dysfunction?
ED is the inability to achieve and/or maintain an erection suitable for sex.
What are the causes of ED in men?
As men are all different, there are many different causes. In many cases, ED is caused by physical ailments including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, sleep disorders, high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol levels. Also, drinking alcohol and smoking regularly can have negative effects. If a man smokes more than one pack of cigarettes a day they have a 50% higher chance of an erectile problem than non-smokers.
Additionally, ED can be a side effect of the psychological disorders of depression, anxiety, and stress. These symptoms are estimated to cause between 10 and 20% of all ED cases.
Is premature ejaculation part of ED?
As both of these dysfunctions can coincide with each other, men with ED and premature ejaculation often confuse the two. Premature ejaculation symptoms often include ejaculating within one minute of penetration, and the inability to prevent ejaculation during sex all or nearly all the time. Generally, these feelings cause men to be embarrassed and frustrated, making them avoid sexual intercourse as a result.
Premature ejaculation can be a warning sign of erectile dysfunction. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor right away.
What are some erectile dysfunction treatment options?
Many men have found ED medication to be successful in their treatment. This includes the drugs Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, or Stendra. In fact, over 20 million men all over the world have used or are currently taking Viagra.
If medication does not work for you, there is always the option to have a penile implant. There are both malleable and inflatable treatment options and both come with their own set of advantages. You can discuss with your doctor which method is most beneficial for you.
If you have any questions concerning erectile dysfunction, contact LiveWell Men’s Clinic today.