Erectile dysfunction

How common is it?

Erectile dysfunction is a common problem. One in five men older than 20 years of age experience erectile dysfunction. This number increases with age. A man is considered to have erectile dysfunction if he regularly finds it difficult getting or keeping a firm enough erection to be able to have sex, or if it interferes with other sexual activity. Despite this problem occurring so often, research shows only 1/3 of men talk to a health practitioner about it. This issue is easy to treat so don't suffer in silence. Book a consult today with Melissa, Sharon or Kendall.

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What’s to know about erectile dysfunction?

Causes can be physical or psychological.

Organic causes are usually the result of an underlying medical condition affecting the blood vessels or nerves supplying the penis. Numerous prescription drugs, alcohol, recreational drugs and smoking can all cause ED (erectile dysfunction).

When a penis owner loses their erection once, they often develop performance anxiety and the worry causes the problem to keep occurring. The important thing to note is you are not alone and this problem is treatable. 

ED can also be a warning sign that you have cardiovascular (heart) disease, so seeking help for this could save your life.

Causes

Normal erectile function can be affected by any of the following:

  • Psychological/mental health
  • Hormonal
  • Vascular
  • Neurological
  • Lifestyle such as alcohol, drugs, weight gain
Treatments include:
  • Drug treatments – drugs called PDE-5 (phosphodiesterase-5) inhibitors, hormone therapy
  • Less commonly used drug options include prostaglandin E1 injections
  • Vacuum devices
  • Surgical treatments
  • Counselling
The following list summarises many of the most common physical causes of ED

Physical causes account for 90 percent of ED cases.

  • Heart disease and narrowing of blood vessels, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity and metabolic syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Hormonal disorders including thyroid conditions and testosterone deficiency
  • Structural or anatomical disorder of the penis, such as Peyronies disease.
  • Smoking, alcoholism, and substance abuse, including cocaine use
  • Treatments for prostate cancer / disease
  • Surgical complications
  • Injuries in the pelvic area or spinal cord
  • Radiation therapy to the pelvic region
There are solutions!

The good news is that there are many treatments for ED, and most men will find a solution that works for them.

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