Some symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED) include the inability to get or maintain an erection and a lower sex drive. The causes of this dysfunction will vary and may be specific to a situation. Read on to learn more about the symptoms you may face with ED.
According to a Journal of Urology study from 1995, over 152 million men worldwide suffer from ED. The study also states that there is a “higher probability of impotence… directly correlated with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, associated medications, and indexes of anger and depression.” You may experience some of these co-occurring conditions along with your ED.
Inability to Get an Erection
In order to participate in sexual activities, a man must be able to get an erection. An erection occurs when there is an increase in blood flow to the penis, which helps make the penis firm. Sometimes, men may not be able to get an erection when they are sexually involved with another person. Just because a man cannot get an erection every once in a while does not necessarily mean that he has erectile dysfunction.
Not being able to get an erection could be the result of several different issues, including the surrounding situations or a lack of intimacy or attraction. However, being unable to get an erection for several months may point to a bigger issue and is something that you may want to discuss with a health professional.
Maintaining an Erection
Some men will be able to get an erection for long enough to engage in the activities they wish to perform. Some men may experience this symptom from time to time for many reasons, such as being interrupted or simply having thoughts that ruin the mood during their sexual activities. Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction will experience this long-term.
Lower Sex Drive
According to Mayo Clinic, another possible symptom of erectile dysfunction is lower than normal sex drive. Some men simply have a lower baseline sex drive. However, men who notice that they are not as interested in sex as they once were may have some other health issue that is causing this decrease in their sexual drive.
Erectile dysfunction may cause a man to feel inadequate or depressed. These feelings can make sexual relationships even more difficult as they put a strain on mental health.
Seeking Medical Attention
If you experience some of the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, you may want to seek medical treatment to resolve these issues. Letting these symptoms persist can end up making matters worse as you may develop anxiety or depression as a result of not being able to fulfill your sexual fantasies or those of your partner.
Even if you are not diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, a medical professional will at least be able to give you information about why you may be experiencing some of the symptoms.
GAINSWave as a Safe Alternative to Medications
If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, your doctor may prescribe medications to help you achieve an erection. There are several treatments available for the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. GAINSWave® therapy is one treatment option that is available for the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, and it is a safe alternative to many of the medications that are often prescribed for this issue.
GAINSWave® therapy is a procedure that involves soundwaves that break up plaque in the penis and increase blood flow. When blood flow is improved, the symptoms of erectile dysfunction can lessen.
I Can Start Improving My Sexual Health Today
Interested parties can look through the provider directory to get started. A wellness advisor can speak to you about the services available to you and how they can help resolve your ED and correlated symptoms. A study published by the Asian Journal of Andrology reports that increasing physical exercise, reducing weight, and stopping smoking can help alleviate ED’s effect on a sufferer’s life.
Men may also benefit from seeing a counselor or therapist to discuss the mental weight that this issue can have on their lives. GAINSWave therapy can help the physical symptoms of ED (and may help related mental symptoms), but external and alternate routes of improvement can only aid in your situation. You should not wait to seek treatment for ED or any co-occurring mood disorder.