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)
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.
MEN’S SEXUAL HEALTH PART TWO: TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION