If you find yourself dealing with symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED), you know that it can have effects on many different aspects of your life.
One of the areas it can impact the most is your sex life with your significant other. We know there are many challenges that are faced when dealing with ED, and we want to help you keep your sex life and relationship booming.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction:
Erectile Dysfunction is a sexual disorder that has an onset of progressed years of life. Generally, older men can develop Erectile Dysfunction as a simple by-product of the aging process. Erectile Dysfunction is known for symptoms such as the inability to form or keep an erection that is fit for sexual intercourse.
What Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
There are a few things that can bring on symptoms of this disorder. Stress, anxiety, Cardiovascular Disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, relationship issues, obesity, diabetes, drug and alcohol use, sleep issues, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, damage to the private area or region, kidney disease, and certain over the counter medications or prescription drugs. Oftentimes, the onset of ED can be caused by only one of these factors and sometimes a few of them. This is where the importance of talking with your doctor comes into play. Together you can figure out what is causing your symptoms and figure out the best plan of action for you moving forward.
How Do I Know If I Have Erectile Dysfunction:
If you have been experiencing some issues in the bedroom, you might consider ED as a possible reason. Some characteristics of Erectile Dysfunction are the inability to form or keep an erection that is stable enough for sexual intercourse, lack of sexual desire or libido, exhaustion, and loss of interest in sexual connections.
I Am Young. Is It Possible for Me to Have Erectile Dysfunction?
As much as it is common for older men to develop ED, it is less common for younger men to receive this diagnosis. This does not mean that you can’t develop this condition if you are in your 20’s. Although it is rare, it can happen. There are a few things to take into consideration with your age and any question that you might have ED. It is normal to have some dry spells in this sexual nature here and there. No one has a relationship where there aren’t some minor issues involving sex and erection. It is when these episodes happen 50% of the time or more that you should consider seeing a doctor or specialist. This level of occurrence is not normal and could be Erectile Dysfunction. If it’s bothering you, do not put it off. Make an appointment to get it checked out so you can have a headstart on feeling like yourself again.
Effects of Erectile Dysfunction on Your Romantic Relationship
When you find out you have Erectile Dysfunction, it can be a shock, to say the least. You might experience frustration amongst a variety of other emotions that surface in your relationship. You might see some negative feedback from your significant other, learning how to navigate a new factor in your sexual relationship. This can cause stress and anxiety, which can only increase your symptoms. The best way to address the discovery of ED is to have an open and honest conversation with your partner. Take turns telling each other your thoughts and feelings and be open to answering questions and concerns they might have. When you both have a positive attitude and lead with love and compassion, your outcomes for ED and your relationship will be more successful and positive.
Effects of Erectile Dysfunction on Your Mental Health
The diagnosis of ED can somewhat rock your world. If you experience sadness, anger, frustration, grief, and burnout, you are not alone. It is important to let yourself deal with the situation without judgment or stress. Feel the emotions you need to feel. This will help you to process and move forward to the next best step. Some things you can do to help yourself on this path are:
- Talk to someone you trust
- Talk to a therapist
- Get outside
- Make time for yourself
- Keep your friends close for support
By making the suggestions listed above, your journey on the path to recovery will be easier and less exhausting. Remember, this is not a life sentence. As many as 30 million men across the globe suffer from symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction and lead normal and happy lives. Your life does not have to stop because of ED, and it shouldn’t. There are treatment options available to get you feeling like yourself again in no time.
Effects of Erectile Dysfunction on Your Diet
If you are used to eating mostly processed foods and high sugary drinks, you are going to want to radically change your eating habits. Not only does eating this way make you more exhausted, but it contributes to developing symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction. Research suggests that consuming an increased amount of packaged and processed foods is correlated with increased rates of ED. The best thing you can do for yourself if you find you have concerning symptoms would be to start eating a healthier diet. Some may find that this can have some roadblocks if you are married or living with your significant other. They may not want to change their eating habits with you, and this switch will require their support. If this sounds similar to your situation, sit your partner down and ask them for their support. They might not want to eat everything you eat, but they can support you by keeping you accountable and choosing some healthier swaps in their diet they can work on. Sit down and chat about a game plan for making meals, grocery shopping, and budget. Talking about everything upfront will save stress on your relationship. And saving stress on your relationship means better sex in the bedroom. The key is communication.
Erectile Dysfunction and Physical Activity
So you have Erectile Dysfunction, and you are not physically active with consistent exercise… now is the time to start. Studies show that exercise has multiple benefits to improve symptoms of ED, while also aiding you in avoiding developing ED. Aside from aiding in your ED, benefits from exercise include better sleep, improved brain function and memory, less weight gain, lower risk of heart disease, lower risk of diabetes, lower risk of stroke, lower risk of high blood pressure, better balance and bone health, fewer instances of anxiety and stress, improves symptoms of sleep apnea, decreases chances of developing cancer, lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
If you are unsure where to start on your exercise journey for ED, here are a few pointers:
- Start slow.
- Find an accountability partner, namely your romantic partner.
- Build up to at least 3 times per week.
- Exercise for at least 30 -45 minutes each session.
- Add in 2 strength training sessions each week.
Most people think that by starting an exercise routine, they need to begin at 5 times per week and stay at the gym for an hour each time. For some people, that might work right out of the gate. For most… it will not be sustainable in the beginning. Start by finding what you like, what you are most likely to stick to for a long time. This could be a boxing class, lifting weights, running, cycling, etc. Starting an exercise routine is also a great time to try new things and incorporate them with your significant other. You will add some fun to your relationship and build good habits together, which will bring you closer while you are working through ED. When you do find something you like, stick to it. A general rule of thumb is to work up to 150 minutes each week of moderate intensity aerobic exercise. This correlates to at least 150 minutes of your week, and you will be engaging in exercise movements that get you moving, such as swimming, brisk walking, tennis, gardening, or leisurely biking. Or you can engage in 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise (or a combination of both types of exercise). Vigorous aerobic exercises would consist of movements like running, cycling, jumping rope, strenuous yard work, backpacking, hiking, etc. There are also numerous benefits to strength training, and adding in 2 days per week that are dedicated to building muscle is advised.
Visit Genesys Men’s Health for Your Erectile Dysfunction Needs
Here at Genesys Men’s Health, we support you in your journey on the road to decreased symptoms. We have a variety of resources to aid you on your way. Our team is eager and willing to help you in your Erectile Dysfunction journey. We have a friendly group of staff who are well trained and can help answer any questions and concerns you ask. Our office is located in Sandy, Utah. Come in or give us a call at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today!