Once an inability to create or sustain an erection suitable for penetration, impotence is now erectile dysfunction. Few things are quite as uniquely embarrassing as erectile dysfunction. It is no surprise then that a man would do anything to conceal his issue. However, any underlying causes can lead to problems in a relationship, and his health may suffer as a consequence. While the best option for each may differ, a man should consider being straightforward about the matter. Thereby becoming informed, learning the causes, researching his prospects for a cure and ultimately, seeking medical help.

Who Suffers Most From Erectile Dysfunction?

Any man suffering from erectile dysfunction should know that he is far from alone. Approximately 15-30 million men are said to be suffering with him. While there is a younger contingent complaining about the issue, the majority of men suffering are middle-aged and older. About some 15-25% of those men age 65 years of age and older. The body changes as a man ages. A man may need more or different medications. So of course, sex changes as well. So too the positions used, and a man’s libido, his stamina, his techniques and so forth.

Simply put, it may take more direct stimulation for a man to orgasm. To that end, it may take more effort on his part to stimulate his partner to orgasm as well. And a sudden shock, say a cell phone ring, can make it all go away. However,  this is not considered erectile dysfunction. Under the right conditions, such a man could still have an intense orgasm.  

The Underlying Guilt

Erectile dysfunction is not a part of the natural aging process. Thus, no man should feel guilty if he suffers. Instead, it is the symptom of another, usually health-related issue. The leading causes or problems are the hardening of the arteries, diabetes, or high blood pressure. While some others are substance abuse, the side effect of a medication, or a hormonal imbalance. Still even possible are anxiety, or depression, or some other emotional disturbance. Whatever the cause, men should know that they are not suffering alone and help is available.

What You Can Do

While it is difficult to name the direct cause of erectile dysfunction in every man, it is possible to provide treatment. Every man suffering from erectile dysfunction is encouraged to do research. As part of his research, a man may try some safe tests himself with the permission of his physician. There are many articles and analyses available online. For example, a man could place a series of overlapping stamps around the base of his penis. If the seal is torn by the morning, he knows that he can have an erection after all.  However, to ultimately receive the help he needs, every man suffering from erectile dysfunction should talk to his doctor. To find the cause, a physician will get his medical history, perform a physical exam, and may have him run some at-home tests.

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