Erectile dysfunction or ED, those are the words that no man ever wants to hear. Did you know that you do not have to be very old or very ill to encounter that problem? A lot of patients have started having ED issues as early as their twenties and thirties.
What’s more amazing is that the older you get, the more likely you are to encounter. That the percentage of patients with a complete ED or impotence triples between the ages of 40 and 70, so if you feel like you’re alone – you’re not.
Today doctors are used to treating, evaluating and seeing patients with the entire spectrum ED issues from the very mild cases, where you don’t feel like you’re getting strong enough, hard enough, or you are lasting not long enough to the most complex cases, where a patient may require surgical treatment for their ED.
Usually, doctors begin with a comprehensive and full evaluation of each patient because unless you identify the real cause of the problem, they can’t treat it properly. When you come to see the doctor, you will receive truly personalized treatment for your own problem. The best part about it is that the majority of the treatment and evaluation will be covered by most of the insurances.
So if you or your loved one are suffering from erectile dysfunction, don’t hesitate and visit your healthcare provider who will help to evaluate, maintain and, most importantly, improve your sexual health so you can live your life to the fullest.
Unfortunately, the main reason for most men is age. There are three times as many patients at the age of 60 with ED as there are at the age of 40. Its basic wear and tear of the penis the longer you live, the worse it gets.
The second reason is anything that will affect your blood vessels because what is erection? It is increased blood flow to your penis that makes it expand and become harder. So anything that will affect your blood vessels will affect your erection function. Things like diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, heart disease, and high blood pressure will be important in assessing your ED.
The third reason is prostate cancer. If you had prostate cancer and you underwent treatment such as radiation or surgery, that will be very important because those treatments tend to make men’s erections worse.
Another reason is testosterone. It’s a male hormone that’s very important in men’s libido sex drive and erections. If your levels are very low below normal, that could be a reason for your erectile dysfunction as well.
And last but not least is something like stress and depression and not only the condition of depression but also the medications that are given to treat that.
So when you see your urologist or your primary care doctor, please talk to them about your erections, and they will assess you for all those reasons and make sure that your treatment is tailored specifically to you.