Erectile Dysfunction or ED, is a recognised medical condition where by a male cannot achieve or maintain an erection long enough to perform satisfactory sexual intercourse.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
Common causes of Erectile Dysfunction are:
- Feeling anxious about rejection
- Expectations of failure
- Depression or anxiety about sexual performance
- Workplace stress
- Problems within a relationship
- Low self esteem
Psychological factors affecting Erectile Dysfunction include depression or anxiety about sexual performance.
Anxiety can cause increased heart rate and blood pressure plus lead to fatigue.
Drugs only mask the symptoms, they do not cure the problem.
Erectile Dysfunction can be an early indicator of cardio-vascular issues such as hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, stroke and high cholesterol.
These issues account for up to 70 per cent of physical Erectile Dysfunction causes.
If the signals from the brain to the nervous system indicating the desire for an erection are interrupted or not received in the penis, this can result in Erectile Dysfunction.
Neurological conditions affecting Erectile Dysfunction include strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and spinal injuries.
It’s a case of overworked and undersexed when job stress enters the bedroom.
Pressures at work can range from job load, bullying and bad relationships with bosses or co-workers.
Taking any of these stresses home with you can contribute to your Erectile Dysfunction.
While prostate cancer does not cause Erectile Dysfunction, the treatments for prostate cancer such as medication, radiation therapy , chemo-therapy and surgery can lead to erectile problems.
Men with Peyronie’s disease are also likely to experience Erectile Dysfunction.
Peyronie’s disease is the result of a build up of plaque in the penis’ blood supply and/or the weakening of the muscle tissue that can result in difficulties achieving successful intercourse.
Peyronie’s disease may also result in a bent penis.
Prescription medications that may result in erectile dysfunction include:
- Blood pressure,
- Anti-anxiety medication,
- Antiepliletic medication,
- Muscle relaxants,
- Chemotherapy medications and treatments for the management of Parkinson’s disease and prostate cancer.
Chronic kidney diseases can be contributors to Erectile Dysfunction.
The conditions can cause chemical changes that affect hormones, circulation, nerve function and energy levels that lower the libido.
Drugs used to treat kidney conditions may also be contributing factors to Erectile Dysfunction.
Nervousness about getting an erection can not only lead to erection failure, but also create low self esteem, increased anxiety and relationship tensions.
Anxiety about Erectile Dysfunction becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.
Feeling that your partner is using excuses such as being ‘too tired’ or ‘not now’ can cause men’s feelings to be hurt, damage their confidence and often lead to them losing interest in sex.
It’s important to maintain feelings of intimacy.
Relationship problems are caused by an myriad of issues and any of them can impact on a man’s ability to sustain an erection.
Difficulties with your partner can compound quickly
Along with treatment for Erectile Dysfunction, Ageless Men’s Health Clinics may also recommend ‘couple’s therapy’.
The way a person lives can create diseases such as heart disease, diabetes 1&2, obesity, colon cancer, hypertension that directly contribute to Erectile Dysfunction.
Smoking, drug and alcohol abuse and a sedentary lifestyle can also be contributing factors for Erectile Dysfunction.
Drugs and substances abuse contributing to Erectile Dysfunction include:
- Some prescription medicines
Sleep apnoea has been found to be a factor in men’s Erectile Dysfunction.
Sleep apnoea occurs when the tissue at the back of the throat collapses and obstructs a person’s airwaves, resulting in sleep deprivation, tiredness and stress.
Testosterone is produced during sleep and interrupting this process can lead to poor libido and Erectile Dysfunction.
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Is Erectile Dysfunction Genetic?
While it is uncertain if genetic factors play a role in Erectile Dysfunction, inheriting genes causing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart and kidney disease can directly contribute to Erectile Dysfunction.
You Are Not Alone
It is estimated that Erectile Dysfunction affects more than 1 million Australian men of all ages.
It is now recognised that premature ejaculation among younger men is closely linked with erectile dysfunction.
Around 40 per cent of men suffer ongoing or intermittent erectile dysfunction in their 40s, with the percentage rising each decade.
You and Your Partner
Erectile Dysfunction is a shared problem in a relationship.
Men with Erectile Dysfunction can suffer both emotional stress in the bedroom, creating feelings of rejection, guilt and depression for him and his partner.
Talking about it without professional help may be difficult.
All the more reason to take action now.
Erectile Dysfunction is a topic that needs to be discussed openly and at Ageless Men’s Health Clinic we encourage you to bring your partner to your assessment sessions.
Let Ageless Men’s Health Clinics assist you in identifying the most appropriate treatment for you.
What To Expect From Ageless Men’s Health Clinics
All men attending Ageless Men’s Health Clinics will undergo a basic medical assessment that will include a detailed history and general examination to establish the nature and cause of the erectile difficulty they are experiencing.
The Assessment Process May Include Testing For:
- Height, weight, body fat, body mass index (BMI).
- Blood pressure
- Vascular resistance
- General haematology, biochemistry, cholesterol, blood sugar, and insulin level and hormonal status (if clinically warranted)
- Online self assessment for depression recommended by the Black Dog Institute.
- The International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) questionnaire.
- Any patient showing clear cardiovascular or urological concerns will be referred to an appropriate specialist for further review.
- Some patients may be referred to appropriate hormonal support, psychological counselling or a simple prescription for Erectile Dysfunction medication.
You are not alone – Erectile Dysfunction affects men of all ages.
The sooner it is addressed the better.,
An estimated 40 to 50 per cent of all men over the age of 40 will experience Erectile Dysfunction to some degree, from occasional erection failure to frequent and complete erection difficulties.
Men who have conditions such as diabetes, heart and artery disease and obesity are in the high risk category.
Ageing is no reason to accept Erectile Dysfunction as part of your life.
The Ageless Men’s Health Clinic consultation and assessment process will determine what the next steps to recovery are for you.
Erectile Dysfunction can result from many contributing factors, including:
- Stress or anxiety
- Vascular disease or damage
- Nerve damage
- Excessive alcohol use, drug use, smoking and steroids
- Prescription medications
- Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, kidney disease
- Sleep apnoea
- Relationship problems