Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get and maintain a penile erection firm enough, long enough for sexual activity. ED is not really that uncommon, under stress many men experience it. But, when it becomes frequent it is a sign of underlying health problems, both physical and mental.
Following are five reasons that one should talk to a doctor about ED.
- The first and most important one is that it can indicate other health problems. This can be: high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, reduced testosterone levels, obstructive sleep apnea, excessive alcohol, tobacco or drug use. It can also be the side effect of some medication that is being used, or that of stress, depression and anxiety. Any one of these can lead to serious medical problems if left undiagnosed and untreated.
- It can improve your mental health. As said earlier, men under severe stress, anxiety and depression can suffer from ED. These have been found to cause sadness, feelings of low self-esteem. Opening up and talking about your problems with a doctor reduces such negativity thoughts and can improve self esteem.
- It can improve the sex life of the patient. As we age, our sexual health and relationships also changes. We may face challenges that may find us no longer enjoying our sex lives. This is exactly why we should consult with a doctor and find solutions. Just because we grow old does not mean that we should stop having and enjoying sex, with of course all the medical help we can get. A healthy sex life provides a lot of physical and mental health benefits.
- ED is often linked to heart disease. ED has been found to correctly and accurately predict future cardiovascular problems. By addressing ED the doctor may be able to monitor risk of heart diseases and suggest preventive solutions to it.
- When you address the issue of ED you throw away the blanket of shame that has been drawn over this subject. By addressing the ED issue, we can lead the way for others, specifically the younger men, to come out and address this issue openly.
We should all stop being embarrassed about talking of our sexual health and sexual habits. We should seek advice and help openly and early, before complications arise.
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