Being a man is hard enough these days. Since the day a boy is born, it is all about the family jewels. When that important muscle in between your legs is not working the right way, the first thing a man will do is panic. It is almost as if there life is coming to an end. You are not alone. Studies show that an estimated 18-30 million men are affected by ED or Erectile Dysfunction.
Erectile Dysfunction is when a man has consistent and repeated problems sustaining an erection. This obviously make intercourse very difficult and frustrating for all parties involved. This does not just happen to old men, it can start in men as young as 40 years old.
There are several different forms of male sexual dysfunction, including problems with ejaculation and poor libido. In more cases than not, there is a physical basis for the problem of not achieving or maintaining an erection, referring to erectile dysfunction.
The symptoms to look at for in the case you may have erectile dysfunction are erections that are too soft for sexual intercours. You may feel, like you are ready and able to perform, but it can not actually happen. Another symptom is an erection that only lasts a short time and/or not being able to achieve an erection at all. Keep in mind that men who cannot get or maintain an erection at least 75% o the time they attempt to have sex are considered to have erectile dysfunction.
Unfortunately for all of us, as we age things do not work as well. Studies show that for men, 40% of them experience some degree of erectile dysfunction at the age of 40 compared to 70% at the age of 70. That is quite the increase. This does not mean that just because you are aging, your sex life is over. Erectile dysfunction can by treated by your doctor at any age.
There are several health issues that are linked to erectile dysfunction. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, kidney disease, and multiple sclerosis are all closely linked to erectile dysfunction. Men that do have any of these conditions are more likely to experiece erectile dysfunction.
Again keep in mind, this can be controlled by your doctor, who will ask you questions about your symptoms a medical history. A complete physical exam to uncover signs such as poor circulation or nerve trouble will be done. Your doctor will also look for abnormalities of the genital area that could cause problems with erections.
Erectile dysfunction is not the end of your sex life and can be treated. A few lifestyle changes can be made to improve sexual function such as giving up smoking, losing weight, and excercising more often can help by improving blood flow. So with the help of your doctor and some lifestyle changes, you can begin to live your life the way you have always been. It is only natural to feel embarrassed or angry when dealing with erectile dysfunction, but don’t forget that your partner is also affected. Keep the lines of communication open and together everything will work out.