Erectile dysfunction affects as many as 30 million men in the U.S. alone. While that piece of information may surprise you, we have more facts about ED that you might not know.
Some men who believe they have erectile dysfunction actually have erectile dissatisfaction. Yes, there is a difference. With erectile dissatisfaction, it is possible to get and maintain an erection, it is just more difficult and requires a lot more work. Frustrating, yes. Impossible, no.
Stressing over ED can cause ED or make it worse. There is no denying the psychological stress that erectile dysfunction can cause. However, psychological stress is also one of the primary causes of ED. So, if you are stressing over your condition you could be making it worse.
Erectile dysfunction is not an “old man problem.” Men of all ages can experience erectile dysfunction – and they do.
Not all “older men” have or get ED. Yes, there is a higher prevalence of ED in older men and the percentage increases as they age (about 10% per decade meaning that there is a 40% prevalence among 40-year-old men), but it is not a hard, fast rule. Some elderly men do not experience it.
Erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of a more serious health condition. Diabetes, MS, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, and Parkinson’s disease can all cause ED. If you experience ED, you should be thoroughly examined by a doctor to make sure there is not an underlying condition that is causing it.
Not all “natural remedies for ED” are effective – or safe. Natural supplements have very little regulation which means you can’t always trust what you are getting. The ingredients in some supplements can be harmful. Talk to your doctor about any supplements for ED that you want to take and purchase them from a reputable company.
ED medications are not always effective or can lose their effectiveness over time. They only work about 65% of the time. What’s more, some men who take the medications long term may find that the effectiveness decreases, requiring them to increase the dosage. This can lead to some undesirable side effects.
Erectile dysfunction does not always mean that you are not attracted to your partner. There are a number of reasons that you have trouble with an erection. Some can be serious so you should see a doctor to rule out other medical conditions that may be the cause.
You can still have satisfying intimacy and even sexual satisfaction without an erection. You can your partner can please each other is many different ways that do not involve intercourse. Explore your options together so that you are both happy.
“Older men” who have ED have many of the same options for treatment that younger men do. Just because a man is older it doesn’t mean that he just has to accept ED as an inevitable part of aging. There are ED treatments available, such as acoustic wave therapy which is non-invasive and drug free.
Certain lifestyle choices can cause erectile dysfunction. Healthy and unhealthy practices can contribute to ED or cause it. Obesity, consuming alcohol (even moderately), smoking, and using drugs can cause or contribute to ED. However, taking certain medications, exercising strenuously, prolonged cycling, and even dieting can all be culprits as well.
You are not the only one affected by your ED. Your partner is affected as well. They may have questions and even insecurities about your condition so it is a good idea to have an open, honest conversation with them so that they can better understand what you are going through.
There are non-invasive, drug free treatments for ED. At ARC Men’s Health we offer acoustic wave therapy to treat certain types of erectile dysfunction. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if this is a good solution for you. You are not alone. Let us help.