Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
The following symptoms may be an indication that it’s time to talk to your doctor about Erectile Dysfunction:
- Of course, if you are having trouble achieving or maintaining an erection
- If you find it difficult to maintain an erection during regular, sexual activities
- If you have a loss of sex drive
Other symptoms related to erectile dysfunction:
- premature ejaculation
- delayed ejaculation
- anorgasmia (the inability to achieve orgasm after ample stimulation)
If you should experience one or more of these symptoms, especially if they have lasted longer than two months, then call your doctor immediately. By calling your doctor, you will be able eliminate any possibilities that your ED implicates more severe, underlying illnesses, as well as find treatment for your highly treatable condition.
What causes ED?
Despite popularly held falsehoods, there are many possible causes for erectile dysfunction. While most potential causes are benign, there are some that are very serious in nature. These causes, which range from mild to severe, can include both emotional and physical disorders.
These potential causes include:
- cardiovascular disease
- damage from cancer or surgery
- obesity or being overweight
- increased age
- relationship problems
- drug use
- alcohol use
Erectile Dysfunction Causes
It’s important to remember: Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by only one of these factors or several. That’s why it’s important to work with your doctor so that they can rule out or treat any underlying medical conditions.
Did You Know That Age Isn’t Always the Issue?
As previously stated, up to 30 million men in the US admit to suffering from some form of erectile dysfunction. But did you know that 12% of these men are younger than 60? It may surprise you to know that research has shown that, while age can play a factor, it is one’s overall level of health (both mental and physical) that is mostly responsible for ‘getting it up.’
Still though, the older you get, the more likely you are experience mild to severe erectile dysfunction. According to recent polls, as much as 22% of men above 60 say they suffer from some form of ED, while nearly 30% of men above the age of 70 claim to be affected.
Getting a Proper Diagnosis
While it may be embarrassing, it is crucial for those who experience symptoms of erectile dysfunction to seek immediate help from their doctor. It might help to remind yourself that your situation is not unique, but one that your doctor successfully helps treat for a number of his clients at any given time.
During the diagnosis, your doctor will ask you questions about your health history. After the initial formalities are out of the way, your doctor may suggest that you undergo certain tests in order to determine whether or not your ED is caused by underlying and more severe, medical issues.
Your doctor may then give you a full physical exam where he or she will listen to your lungs, monitor your blood pressure, and lastly, examine your penis and testicles. In some cases, the doctor may then suggest a rectal exam in order to examine your prostate.
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