Overcoming the stigma of erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a source of embarrassment and anxiety for many men, but in reality, it is a very common problem. It is estimated that between 50% of men aged between 40 and 70 years old experience erectile dysfunction.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction used to be known as impotence; it occurs when a man is unable to get and sustain an erection. There are many possible causes of erectile dysfunction, both physical and psychological, but in most cases, it can be treated very effectively. If you have symptoms of erectile dysfunction, you have noticed that you are struggling to get or keep an erection or you are worried about your sexual performance or lack of libido, you should see your doctor.

Getting help

Erectile dysfunction is a very common problem, so try not to worry about talking to your doctor about it. When you see a doctor, try to be as honest as possible, so that they can diagnose and treat you in the best way possible.

In many cases, especially among older men, erectile dysfunction is linked to cardiovascular problems, which prevent blood from travelling around the body efficiently, reducing blood flow to the penis. Making simple lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, giving up smoking and drinking less, can often be very helpful.

Erectile problems are not something most men feel comfortable talking about, but it is very common and if you experience symptoms, it is best to confront the problem so that you can get treatment as early as possible. Your doctor is not there to judge you and will treat your case with complete confidentiality, so try to relax and not get worked up; psychological factors, such as stress and anxiety, will only make the situation worse.