Issues in the bedroom are often a taboo topic for most Australian men, however now may be the time to talk to your doctor about issues that you might be having, these issues are more common then you might think.
Erectile dysfunction or ED as it is commonly referred to, is when a man is unable to get or keep an erection that allows for sexual activity with penetration.
Erectile dysfunction is not a disease but rather a symptom of some other problem, either physical or psychological or a mixture of both.
It has been estimated that erectile dysfunction affects about one million men in Australia; it is more common in older men.
Many factors can affect a man’s ability to get and keep an erection and several factors may be present at one time.
The causes of erectile dysfunction can include psychological problems, interference with nerve function, reduced blood flow, interreference by drugs, alcohol and medicines, metabolic problems interfering with blood vessel function, urological problems and endocrine problems.
Commonly there is a combination of physical and psychological factors.
Other times there may be no clear reason for the erectile dysfunction; however, most cases of erectile dysfunction have a physical cause.
An understanding of what is normal in older age is also important when discussing erectile dysfunction.
For most men, going to the doctor to discuss the issue of erectile dysfunction can be off putting and embarrassing, however it is important that men take the steps to discuss this issue with their doctor if they feel like this may be an issue for them.
Associate Professor Doug Lording from Cabrini Health, Melbourne, says that it is important for men to tell their doctor if they have erection issues.
“The most important aspect is that they may have some underlying medical problem that needs to be detected to protect their future health and this happens all the time in erectile dysfunction medicine,” he said.
A/Prof Lording said that erection issues are a really important symptom of a multitude of underlying problems.
“The other thing is, for most men erectile dysfunction is treatable and for most men, particularly younger and middle-aged men having erectile dysfunction will be having a significant impact on their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their relationship,” he said.
A/Prof Lording encouraged men to talk to someone about the issues that they may be facing and initiate treatment.
“The sooner they do that the better,” he said.
Unfortunately, there are no proven ways to prevent erectile dysfunction however it is likely that erectile dysfunction can be prevented by good general health, paying particular attention to body weight, exercise and cigarette smoking.
The information provided in this article has been provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to take place of a clinical diagnosis or proper medical advice from a fully qualified health professional. The Clarence Valley Independent urges readers to seek the services of a qualified medical practitioner for any personal health concerns.