“I can’t get an erection! What’s wrong with me?” Ok, guys, we know this is something you don’t want to even think about, let alone discuss, but your failure to salute may be telling you there is a far more serious problem!
You don’t need to feel ashamed – in fact, it may be a warning sign of more serious medical issues. Your ED could save your life!
Why do I have ED?
Erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of an underlying issue. ED is a vascular problem, which means that the blood vessels throughout your body are affected. So, there is less blood flow to your penis, resulting in the inability to get an erection.
Psychological causes of ED
Erectile dysfunction isn’t always caused by a pre-existing medical condition, it could be psychological. An increase in stress and depression can restrict blood flow to the penis.
If this is the case, you can seek counselling to help you understand and deal with the issues.
Physiological causes of ED
ED may signal heart disease. There is a connection between long-term ED and heart problems and vice versa – many men who already have a heart and blood vessel disease will also have (or get) ED in the future.
Pre-existing conditions that cause poor blood flow include:
- High Blood Pressure – a change in lifestyle and your diet will help lower your BP
- Hardening of your arteries (Atherosclerosis)
- Have you been in an accident before? A crushed or fractured pelvis can cause damage to your arteries and/or nerves, which can also block blood flow to your penis.
All of this may sound devastating, but don’t panic – there are treatments available for these conditions as well as for your ED!
Treatments for ED
Does the thought of surgery make you cringe? Here’s some good news: there are non-surgical treatments for your ED. The Massachusetts Male Aging Study found that these treatments can be more effective than opting for surgery.
Medication will be the most likely course of action. These meds are called vasodilators and help to regulate blood flow to the penis.
There are certain side effects that you could experience such as: headaches, heart burn and flushed skin. If you don’t see any improvement, you may have to consider surgery.
So, please consult your doctor before you make a decision.
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