Understanding erectile dysfunction
Although it is natural for most men to experience erection problems at some point in their lives, erectile dysfunction (ED) can be traumatizing for some men. ED does not cause infertility, however it can make pregnancy very difficult if not impossible.
In the United States alone, it is estimated that ED affects 25 to 30 million men at some point in their lives. ED can be triggered by both psychological factors as well as disease. For example, depression and stress can cause erection problems in many men. However, it can also be caused by diabetes, kidney diseases and alcoholism. The condition affects all men, however it is usually triggered by different circumstances. For example, in younger men it is more often caused by anxiety, whereas it is commonly triggered by stress in middle aged men.
Seeking help for the condition
Many men are often reluctant to seek help for ED either because they are embarrassed or they do not want to admit that they have the problem. However, visiting a health care professional can assist with reducing some of the anxiety and depression that may be caused by this condition.
The good news is that there are many different treatment options available such as psychotherapy, relationship counselling and male enhancement drugs such as Viagra. The type of treatment you receive should depend on your own personal preferences and level of comfort.
Understanding the link between sexual health and overall health
Although it is perfectly natural for the sex drives of most men to decline as they age, symptoms of ED in younger and middle age men can be indicative of a more serious health problem such as heart disease. If symptoms of ED persist, it is important to make an appointment with a healthcare professional to ensure that your ED is not caused by a more serious health condition.
Building a support network
ED can be a very embarrassing condition for men. However, it is important to remember that the condition affects many men of all ages throughout the world. Seeking couples therapy with a long term partner can be a good way to understand the psychological roots of your ED. In addition, individual and group therapy is also available to help you gain a better understanding of your condition and the emotions you are feeling as a result.