Before we begin, I’d like to issue a general disclaimer that the information in this article is of sensitive nature to many men who suffer from the condition in question. That being said, kindly view the information in this article from an educational standpoint, and have empathy for those who suffer from it. Let us begin.
Erectile Dysfunction is a cause of massive concern for many men today. Formerly known as Impotence, Erectile Dysfunction or ED is defined by health experts as the inability to initiate or maintain penile erection for the purpose of sexual intercourse, despite being sexually aroused.
Some of the most common risk factors for developing ED include but are not limited to:
Chronic Vascular Diseases
This is not a very understandable and intuitive factor. You probably know that sexual arousal and all the events afterward are just as dependent on the mind as they are on the body itself. So, stress and performance anxiety can compromise the contribution from your mind. I see quite a few patients at my practice who, upon further inquiry, turn out to have psychologically induced ED. This is by far the most common cause of ED in young men. The good news is, this factor is very treatable by a carefully crafted course of counseling and therapy.
Depression and other related disorders are becoming increasingly common in our societies. You probably know a few people who have or have had depression at least once in their lives. You may even know someone or have personal experience with antidepressant medication. One of the side effects of antidepressants is difficulty in sexual arousal and hence, erection. Fortunately, this effect is not permanent and is quick to return as soon as the antidepressants are discontinued. However, please do not discontinue your antidepressant medication suddenly or on your own. Please consult your doctor first.
Because of its close association with our sex lives, Erectile Dysfunction can become a very problematic condition for many men. Fortunately, a good collaboration with your doctor and a thorough assessment of your risk can go a long way to not only treat your ED but also helping you keep your chances of developing ED to a minimum in the future.