Men’s Sexual Health - Addressing Erectile Dysfunction

The topic of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) makes many men uncomfortable; it is oftentimes difficult to discuss with anyone - friends, loved ones or your physician.  You should know, however, that you are not alone. The Massachusetts Male Aging Study reported that approximately 52% of men report some level of erectile dysfunction. The study also demonstrated that ED is increasingly prevalent with age: approximately 40% of men are affected at age 40 and nearly 70% of men are affected at age 70.  While ED is highly prevalent - there are solutions!

The Causes of Sexual Dysfunction

According to the Cleveland Clinic - there are a number of possible physical causes related to sexual dysfunction in men, including:

  • Low testosterone levels

  • Cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and hyperlipidemia)

  • Prescription drugs (i.e. antidepressants, high blood pressure medicine)

  • Diabetes

  • Smoking (current or past history)

  • Surgery or trauma (i.e. prostate removal)

Additionally, psychological issues - including but not limited to stress, depression, effects of past sexual trauma and performance anxiety - might be causing challenges.

The Impact of Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual complications can lead to significant challenges - many of which manifest outside of the bedroom. Erectile dysfunction or a decreased libido can result in a lack of confidence, relationship problems, even depression. That’s why it’s so important to understand that there are ways to heal the causes of sexual dysfunction.

A Comprehensive Approach

The media is rife with stories of a magical solution to erectile dysfunction: take a pill and your worries will disappear. However, a more comprehensive approach is oftentimes the best way to ensure a long-term - and effective - solution. In order to find the optimal treatment for each individual, it is critical to evaluate and address any underlying issues - which can range from cardiovascular decline to compromised hormone health (such as thyroid or testosterone issues).

By gaining a clear picture of all aspects of your health, you will be better armed to conquer your sexual dysfunction issues. There are many solutions to address these challenges - ranging from addressing the root causes of erectile dysfunction to medication to regenerative treatment. These treatments will be explained in greater detail in our next blog post - so stay tuned! If you have any questions about your sexual health in the interim - just give the office a call at 425-209-1060.

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