Most men are likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point in their lives (photo: kokliang1981 – stock.adobe.com)

Tackling the problem of erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a big problem for many men (Photo: ibreakstock – stock.adobe.com)

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Most men are likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point in their lives, but 91% of men across the UK said they felt a sense of shame when they struggled to get or maintain an erection, according to new research.

With Valentine’s Day approaching on Monday February 14, when the pressure to perform under the covers can peak, an erectile dysfunction advice guide has been produced by Well to help people understand the causes, symptoms and treatment options as well as general advice and support for dealing with erectile dysfunction.

Study found:

The research also found that two-thirds (66%) of all men have never spoken to their partner about the issue, with 82% admitting they’ve never discussed it openly with friends or family.

Expectations, pressure, and fear of being judged could be one of the main reasons that keep them from seeking help or telling their friends, partner, or loved ones about erectile dysfunction.

Tackling the problem of erectile dysfunction (photo: Graphicroyalty – stock.adobe.com)

More than 62% of respondents said it was the humorous narrative around “keeping up the pace” that could stop them or others from asking for help.

To research

In addition to the statistics above, the survey also revealed:

43% of men said erectile dysfunction or performance anxiety kept them from forming new relationships.

55% of men admitted to feeling inadequate when it comes to their sexual performance.

54% feel too embarrassed to talk to a doctor about erectile dysfunction.

76% would go online for medical advice instead of seeing a doctor.

What does it mean?

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a person cannot get or keep an erection regularly.

It can only happen in certain situations and is a common condition, but for many people it feels embarrassed and judged, which can prevent them from seeking the treatment they need.

Erectile dysfunction can have physical and/or psychological causes, including:

Age – Although erectile dysfunction can occur at any age, it tends to become more common after age 40.

Poor lifestyle and diet – fatigue, alcohol, recreational drug use, poor diet, an inactive lifestyle, stress and smoking can all have an impact.

Health conditions such as certain cancer treatments, diabetes, heart problems and other health conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or high blood pressure can all play a role.

Psychological causes such as anxiety, stress and depression, as well as “performance anxiety”; and

Problems in your relationship or trying to get you to have sexual feelings for someone who may not be right for you.

What to do if you’re worried about erectile dysfunction this Valentine’s Day:

Talking to your partner can feel overwhelming, but communication is key.

Working together can make it easier to find a result and could even bring you closer. Also, know that you are not alone and that more than half (55%) of all men admit to feeling inadequate when it comes to their sexual performance.

There are many common treatment options for erectile dysfunction to explore, including:

1.Medical treatments –The most common type of medication for erectile dysfunction is Viagra or Sildenafil. However, other drugs are available and dosage requirements vary, so it is important to receive expert advice before using these, along with many other treatments including a vacuum pump, injections, granules and cream .

2.Natural remediesincluding making positive lifestyle changes, therapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), herbal remedies, and dietary supplements