Erectile Dysfunction: Treatment and Impact of Lifestyle
All over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem with erection- a condition known as Erectile Dysfunction(ED). Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It’s sometimes referred to as impotence, although this term is now used less often.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common in men in midlife. Many people experience it during times of stress. Frequent ED, however, can be a sign of health problems that need treatment. It can also be a sign of emotional or relationship difficulties that you may want to address with a professional.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
- Getting an erection sometimes, but not every time while having sex
- Getting an erection, but not making it last long enough for sex
- Unable to get an erection
How common is ED?
According to the National Health Portal, it’s remarkably common. Statistics indicate more than 50% of men over 40 experiences ED and the problem can start at an even younger age.
The prevalence of ED increases with age. The University of Wisconsin estimates that mild or moderate ED affects 10 per cent more men for each decade of life. For example, 60 per cent of men in their 60s might experience some form of ED.
However, ED can also occur among younger people. One study found that 1 in 4 men seeking their first treatment for ED was under 40 years old. Researchers observed a stronger correlation between smoking, drug use, and ED in these men when compared with older men. This suggests that lifestyle choices are an important factor for ED in younger men.
Although the risk of ED increases with age, ED isn’t inevitable. In general, the healthier you are, the better your sexual function.
If you have diabetes, it’s important that you work with your doctor to manage your blood sugar levels. This can help to prevent damage that can lead to ED.
Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) can cause ED. In these cases, ED can be reversed once the patient starts treatment. In my experience, many men suffer from ED because of work stress, family pressure, and anxiety.
So changes in lifestyle with regular exercise, yoga, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and proper counselling treats ED. Along with this, medicines for ED are usually prescribed for about 3 to 6 months. By this time lifestyle changes start making an impact, and the patient is physically and mentally healthier, which helps resolve the problem.
An estimated 16% to 25% of men experience ED at some point. We would urge them not to be embarrassed about it. Seek medical help from a urologist and andrologist, get the necessary advice/medication, and enjoy a healthy, fulfilling sexual life.
In many cases, you can improve your ED symptoms. Many medications and treatments are available. Certain devices, such as vacuum pumps, can also help you temporarily manage your symptoms so that you can continue to engage in sexual intercourse.
Your treatment plan will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of your ED and whether it’s caused by a specific health condition. Your doctor will work closely with you to explain the benefits and risks associated with each type of treatment.
It’s important to remember that ED is a common condition. If you’re experiencing symptoms of ED, discuss them with your doctor as soon as possible. That way, they can rule out underlying causes and begin a treatment plan.Contact Us