Maybe you live with Erectile Dysfunction and are rightly acquainted with the day-to-day of living with this disorder. Perhaps you might not have this condition, and you’re curious when you hear about Erectile Dysfunction (ED) as to what living with the disorder feels like. If Erectile Dysfunction can cause pain, what symptoms are considered normal, and how is life managed once you are diagnosed? We are discussing all of this and more about ED here. So stay tuned.
Where Does Erectile Dysfunction Come From?
Erectile Dysfunction has to do with just what the name entails- dysfunction with forming erections. This comes from individuals who have issues with forming erections when trying to have sex. It is not uncommon to have some sort of issue here and there. After all, no one is perfect in the bedroom, and it’s impossible to be turned on and in the mood 100% of the time.
When you start having issues with more than half of your sexual encounters, you should consider talking to a doctor about your symptoms and if ED could be responsible.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction Characterized By?
Erectile Dysfunction is characterized by the inability to get or form an erection that is significantly firm enough for sex. You might also experience an erection that does not last long enough to complete sex.
These are not the only symptoms. Individuals who have ED also report feeling increased fatigue levels and loss of sex drive or interest in sex.
How Do I Know If I Have ED?
If you are a man and are age 40 or above, you can check a few things to see if you have symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction. This is not to say that you cannot develop Erectile Dysfunction if you are younger. There have been many individuals around the world between the ages of 25-40 who also live with ED. Although this is less common to experience in that age range, it is not off the table.
Aging is a risk factor for the onset of this condition. As the male body progresses with age, it is natural for these symptoms to come into play. It is the body’s natural aging process. Increased old age or not, you can still receive relief and help from these symptoms if you so choose.
Does Erectile Dysfunction Cause Pain?
This question comes with a two-fold answer. Does Erectile Dysfunction cause pain? Yes and no. Here’s why:
- Emotional/Mental Pain
Being told you have ED can have some emotional and mental side effects. Realizing you have a new condition to treat and manage as well as learning to live and balance this new disorder can cause feelings of depression and anxiety. You can also feel stress dealing with symptoms in relationships, worsening your symptoms. You might feel lonely or secluded if you do not have a support system or someone to talk to who knows what you are going through.
If you are in the middle of this kind of pain, you are not alone. Reach out to a trusted family member or friend. Even finding a counselor you can talk to who is not attached to you personally in any other way can offer a safe space for talking out all of your feelings and setting up a game plan to get you healthy again.
- Physical fatigue/Pain
Erectile Dysfunction can also cause pain in the physical sense. Not everyone will experience this physical pain. Working through fatigue and lack of sleep can cause you to feel awful. You also might be experiencing another condition or health concern in your life causing you pain that is, in turn, causing your Erectile Dysfunction. The following are ten other health conditions that can cause ED:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Prostate Injury
- Bladder Cancer
- High Blood Pressure
- Peyronie’s Disease
- Prostate Cancer
If you know that you have any of the above conditions, these could be contributing to your ED.
How Can I Make My Symptoms Better?
Improving your symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction are actually quite simple. Take care of yourself. Take time to sit down and analyze a day in your life. What is it typically like? Here are ten questions to ask yourself as you look at your habits and schedules.
- Do I Eat Breakfast?
- Do I Eat Fast Food A Lot?
- Do I Get 7-8 Hours Of Restful Sleep Each Night?
- Do I Drink Enough Water?
- Do I Eat Too Much Sugar?
- Do I Have a Solid Support Network?
- Do I Eat Protein At Each Meal?
- Do I Eat My Vegetables At Each Meal?
- Do I Have Healthy Relationship Boundaries?
- Do I Have A Healthy Work/Life Balance?
If you answered “NO” to 3 or more of the above questions, it is time to get to work. Pick one of the questions that you answered no to and start there. For example, if you want to get more than 4 hours of sleep each night, think about WHY you currently don’t get enough sleep. Do you stay up on electronics as you lay in bed? Do you work late? Finding out the why to the problem is the key to finding the solution to the problem. Here is another example for answering no to eating your vegetables at each meal: Do you keep vegetables on hand in your house? If so, are the vegetables easily accessible and easy to cook?
A large part of improving your symptoms at home is going to be what you eat. Nutrition affects a great majority of what your body develops and experiences. Even the risk factor conditions that lead to ED are affected by what you eat. By changing your eating habits, you are changing the future of your health.
Visit Genesys Men’s Health
We hope the information shared has answered your question about if Erectile Dysfunction can cause pain. At Genesys Men’s Health, we value your journey with this disorder and are willing and eager to help you find solutions. Erectile Dysfunction can look different for everyone. We have an experienced team of professionals who can take your unique case and find you answers to get you on your way to recovery. Our office is located in Sandy, Utah. Stop by or give us a call at (801) 67-7456. Contact us today!