Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common in men and treatment can lead to better physical and emotional health whilst improving intimacy between couples. If you need discreet advice, simply speak to a doctor via the Speedoc app.
ED is characterised by the inability to get and sustain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. Unknown to many, ED could be a symptom of a more serious health issue. Detecting and treating ED early is key to identifying any underlying condition(s), but also equally important in improving the quality of your relationships
The brain, nerves, blood vessels, muscles, hormones, and emotions all play a role satisfying the male sexual desire. A problem in any or a combination of these can potentially cause ED.
In many cases, erectile dysfunction is caused by a health-related factor such as:
Seeking help for ED can help in early detection of a potentially more serious health condition, which would allow you to seek treatment before it progressively worsens.
Other causes of ED include lifestyle factors, such as obesity and smoking, and psychological factors, like mental health issues (anxiety, depression, etc) and stress, also play a big part.
It is normal to experience difficulty getting an erection from time to time. However, if this becomes a regular occurrence, you are advised to consult a doctor.
Some signs of ED include:
A comprehensive check is recommended to determine if you have ED, and to understand the cause of it. This may comprise a physical check, measuring your blood pressures, heart, lungs, testicles and penis. A physical examination provides preliminary information on the condition of your general health.
The physical examination is succeeded by a look into your history. You will be asked about your symptoms, and medical and sexual history.
Additional tests may be ordered to inform the diagnosis and you may be required to undergo an ultrasound, urine and/or blood tests.
ED is most commonly treated with erectile dysfunction pills prescribed by a doctor. If low testosterone levels are the cause of, hormone treatment can also be administered.
In addition to erectile dysfunction pills, you may be advised to tweak your lifestyle including:
If your ED is found to be a side effect of a medication you are currently on, you may have to work with your doctor to find an appropriate substitute. Where your ED is due to a psychological factor, you will be advised to undergo therapy.
The first step is to have that conversation with your doctor.
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Locally, a 2003 study of 729 men found that 51.3% (or 1 in 2) reported some degree of ED.
A general practitioner (GP), urologist, or an endocrinologist are all able to diagnose and treat erectile dysfunction.