Erectile dysfunction and impotence can be a tough subject to talk about but it doesn’t have to be. In order to talk about it, let’s define it first. A very basic definition of impotence would be the inability to get or maintain an erection enough for pleasurable sexual activity on repeated occasions. It’s a very common issue affecting about 5 percent of men age 50 or over in Australia. That number increases to about 15 percent by the age of 75, effecting about 1 million men in the Australia alone. As men age more and more they require more stimulation in order to maintain an erection.
Therefore it is much more common in older men. It can however happen in younger males too, although that is usually psychologically related unless there is an underlying physical factor.
There are numerous physical causes of erectile dysfunction
The most commonplace are, injuries to the penis or groin area, complications with prostate cancer, nerve damage, neurological disease (however rare), heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, obesity, low testosterone, hypertension/high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, hormonal disorders and as a side effect to certain medications; usually antidepressants. Luckily most of these causes can be diagnosed by your urologist and treated by your physician. Depending on the cause there are many treatments available to you. Whether it’s a new diet, hormone replacement therapy, PDE-5 Inhibitors like Viagra or Kamagra oral jelly in Australia, surgery, there is usually a treatment plan for you, the first step is talking to your doctor about it.
Is Erectile Dysfunction Psychological?
There are also plenty of psychological factors that can cause erectile dysfunction. Poor communication with your partner, feelings of self doubt, drug and alcohol use, smoking, depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD can all be causes of impotency. Talking with your partner about it can help a lot, especially if it’s just a matter of stage fright. Give it time and don’t obsess over it or it will become a negative feedback loop. Do your best to work it out with your partner, explore certain fantasies, start with light touches and foreplay, etc. If that doesn’t help, you may want to talk with your psychologist. There may be some underlying trauma or psychological condition that is interfering with your ability to get an erection. Relaxation exercises, meditation, exercise are all valid treatments that can help relieve anxiety and depression. If you are taking any medications, you may want to consult your psychologist about using different medications that may not interfere with your ability to get and maintain an erection. Behavioral therapy has also been shown to help as E.D. may be secondary; that is to say it may be an emotional and psychological issue that feed into each other. The only way to know for sure though is to seek help from a licensed professional.
Few Exercises For Men Who Struggle With Erectile Dysfunction
Certain exercises that are beneficial reducing the effect of impotency. Strengthening the pelvis muscles has been shown to increase blood flow using Kegel exercises. Two very easy ones to try are stopping and restarting mid stream when you urinate. Do this about every other time you pee. Another one is too do the same exercise, and hold it for about 5 seconds for twenty to thirty times per day. After about six weeks you should see improvement. There are also simple aerobic exercises to help increase blood flow such as jogging, swimming, yoga, and riding a bike. The key is to get blood flowing through your body at a faster and easier rate. This is because most causes of E.D. are related to a lack of circulation or sedentary lifestyle. Exercising also helps produce endorphins and serotonin, thus helping with the emotional and psychological aspects of impotency.
Is erectile dysfunction permanent?
Understand you are not alone and that it is a very treatable issue. I would say that most men experience some form of erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives, but considering not many men will talk about it, it’s hard to have reliable data when it comes to this issue. There are plenty of support groups and treatment options available to you, the first step however is talking about it. Firstly with your partner, then with a medical professional if needed. If you exercise, change your diet, relieve some emotional baggage and talk with your doctor E.D. will be a thing of your past. I hope this article has been beneficial to you in understanding how common the causes and treatments are for impotency and helps you take the steps needed to gain control back of your sex life.