SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT Occasional ED ?
ear Requesting a Friend,
When I’m fatigued or worried, it’s difficult for me to maintain an erection. When this happens, my wife assumes I’m not interested in her, which dampens the mood and increases my apprehension about sex. Should I be concerned about erectile dysfunction on occasion? I’m in my 30s and otherwise in good shape.
Your erection, like sexual excitement, begins in the brain. When your brain gets stimulated, chemical impulses are sent to the blood vessels in your penis, causing blood flow and an erection. Fatigue, anxiety, and some drugs, as well as a variety of health issues including diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol, can all affect your libido and sex life.
Should you be concerned if erectile dysfunction does not occur every time you have sex?
Dr. John Aquino, medical director of Ontario Men’s Health, says, “The quick response is…don’t worry, but don’t ignore.” “Worrying in this scenario only feeds anxiety and exacerbates the problem.”
Anxiety is harmful
Anxiety is harmful because it causes the body to release adrenaline, which drives blood to flow to essential organs like the brain, heart, and lungs and away from other organs like the penis. If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction on a regular basis for any reason, Aquino recommends seeing a doctor to rule out a medical cause and learn about your treatment choices. And this can assist in getting things back on track before the problem becomes entrenched.
Most men are ashamed to admit it
Yet a recent research revealed that up to 40% of younger men have erection issues, and that the prevalence of erectile dysfunction rises by around 10% per decade. Although erectile dysfunction can affect one’s self-esteem and generate performance anxiety in the bedroom, several easy lifestyle modifications can help control the condition and increase blood flow to the penis.
The answer is…Don’t be concerned, but don’t disregard the situation.
It may appear dull, but whatever is healthy for your heart is also excellent for your penis,” says Aquino. “Bettering your cardiovascular health via a healthier diet and regular exercise can help to reduce the incidence and severity of erectile dysfunction. Maintain a healthy weight, eat a Mediterranean diet, get moving, don’t smoke, and manage stress.”
Medication gives rapid relief
Medication, which acts by boosting blood flow in the penis, can also give rapid relief. Erectile dysfunction can be improved by treating any underlying problems, making good lifestyle changes, and getting enough sleep. If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation since too much can lower testosterone levels and destroy the neurons in the penis that produce erections over time. Finally, try to have an open and honest talk about what’s going on with your spouse, and don’t be hesitant to ask for what you need from her — less judgment and more compassion.