What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Guides ● December 2018

In 30 Seconds

  • ED is a common medical issue that affects around 150 million men worldwide and is defined as the inability to maintain an erection until sexual satisfaction.
  • Age is a major causal factor for ED. It commonly occurs in men over 60, and it becomes more prevalent once you hit 40.
  • But it isn’t all about age. According to stats, one in four men under 40 experience ED.
  • Cleaning up your lifestyle and stressing less can make a huge difference to gaining and maintaining a powerful erection.
  • Modern medicine has a slew of helpful pills to treat ED and give you a fitter, stronger, and more reliable erection. Think Vardenafil, Tadalafil and Avanafil.

Sometimes. Three times. Everytime. When it comes to sex – and more specifically maintaining an erection, everything from your mood to how much you had to drink can affect your erection. But if, like the third of men affected by erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point during their lives, you’re finding getting hard a persistent problem then don’t worry – you’re definitely not alone.

ED is a common medical issue that affects around 150 million men worldwide1 and is defined as the inability to maintain an erection until sexual satisfaction.2 Most cases can be easily addressed by a visit to your GP but understandably, many of us put that particular visit off. We know there’s no need – GPs really have seen it all and are usually very sympathetic to sensitive issues – but sometimes it helps to be armed with the facts first.

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  • By 2025 it’s estimated that ED will affect 322 million men3.
  • ED is considered by the medical profession as both a pathology and a psychological condition4.  This means that there may be some underlying bodily issues causing ED but there might also be psychological inhibitors, such as depression. Cardiovascular and hormone issues are also considered as having a possible effect.5
  • Age is a major causal factor for ED. It commonly occurs in men over 60,6 and it becomes more prevalent once you hit 40.
  • But it isn’t all about age. According to stats, one in four men under 40 experience ED.7
  • It’s worth getting your ED checked out at the doctor’s. Just to be on the safe side. ED is a common side effect of various health problems, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, urinary tract problems, depression and hypogonadism.8
  • Did you know that Vitamin D deficiency – a common problem that affects over one in five people in the UK, is also a risk factor when it comes to ED?9
  • According to research, alcohol and tobacco consumption can be factors in causing ED.10 A study found that smokers are 1.5 times more likely to suffer from ED.11 Time to kick the habit.
  • Cleaning up your lifestyle and stressing less can make a huge difference to gaining and maintaining a powerful erection.12 Eat heart-friendly foods, such as plenty of leafy green veg and grains. Reduce the amount of fatty red meat and full fat dairy.13 Oh and exercise. Yes, that old chestnut. Simple but effective.
  • Then there’s the drugs. Modern medicine has a slew of helpful pills to treat ED and give you a fitter, stronger, and more reliable erection.14 Think Sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra), Vardenafil, Tadalafil and Avanafil. They work by inhibiting phosphodiesterase type 5, an enzyme that can result in ED.15 There are also injectable gels to help treat ED in patients who have had a prostatectomy.16

 

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