When you or your husband encounter erectile dysfunction, the most natural reaction is to just "sweep it under the rug."
While no one enjoys talking about sexual performance, and ED is a challenging subject for men to tackle, it is still incredibly important to educate yourself on the issue. In the long run, the best way to reclaim the life you love is by understanding ED, talking openly with your partner about it, and getting a treatment option that is right for you.
Here are 6 things you need to know about ED:
1) ED Is Much More Common Than You Think
Some men think that they are the only one experiencing ED but studies has shown that’s simply not the case. A 2010 study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that roughly 40% of men experience ED at some point in their lives.
2) ED Can Be Psychologically Based
Many men view ED as a physical problem, but it can have as much to do with your mental health as it does your physical health. Some mental health problems like depression, anxiety, stress and low self-esteem have all been shown to cause, or contribute to, ED. For men experiencing these symptoms, its important to disclose them to their physician. This is so they can fully understand the potential causes of the patient’s ED and suggest the proper treatments.
3) Smoking Could Be The Cause
In addition to the other health problems associated with smoking, the practice can also have a negative impact on a man's reproductive health. Studies have linked smoking to hormonal changes in men, which could contribute to ED. In addition to that, the negative impact on blood circulation has also been shown to be a contributor to ED.
4) Medication Isn’t Your Only Treatment Option
Many people assume a prescription medication is the only method of treatment for ED. Treatment options vary depending on what a doctor determines is the cause. Some other treatments include lifestyle changes, vacuum therapy, counseling and changing your current medications.
5) Healthy Living Might Be The Answer
Other medical conditions (like high blood pressure, poor circulation, and diabetes) that can be causing ED can be remedied by a change in lifestyle, too. A healthier diet and regular exercise are often some of the easiest and most effective ways to treat these conditions.
6) It Could Be a Your Medication
If you are on prescription medication for other health issues, a side effect could be ED. It’s important when being prescribed a new medicine to discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any side effects that might occur. Commonly prescribed SSRI anti-depressants have often been found to result in ED. Drugs used to treat anxiety, high blood pressure, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease as well as antihistamines, muscle relaxants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have all been connected to ED.
If you or someone you know is suffering from ED, its important to get all the facts. Speaking with your doctor or a specialist is one of the easiest and most effective ways to do this. There are many misconceptions surrounding ED and the more you know about it, the better equipped you are to tackle it head on.
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