Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be equally devastating for a man and his partner. There is hope for every man with ED to regain the confidence, control and wholeness to enjoy an active, satisfying sex life.
ED Symptoms and Causes
A Men’s Health Issue
Signs and Symptoms
You may be surprised when you experience ED for the first time. ED can manifest in multiple ways, signs of ED include:48
- A significant increase in the amount of time it takes to achieve an erection
- Difficulty maintaining an erection long enough to have intercourse
- Decreased frequency of spontaneous erections
In fact, more than half of men over 40 suffer from some degree of ED.1 If you can’t get an erection more than 50% of the time, you should see your GP or a urologist. To better understand the link between your symptoms and ED, take our quiz to get your ED Score.The results should be shared with your GP or a urologist to help initiate a conversation about the right treatment options for you.
One Condition, Many Causes
ED happens when blood flow to the penis is limited or nerves are damaged. There are several possible causes physical and/or psychological reasons for ED, some common causes include: 1, 7-9, 46-47
- Prostate cancer treatment, trauma to the pelvic area can cause nerve and vascular damage
- Diabetes, which can compromise the blood flow to the penis
- Cardiovascular problems including high blood pressure and heart disease, can compromise the blood flow to the penis
- Other surgery (prostate, bladder, colon, rectal), trauma to the pelvic area can cause nerve and vascular damage
- The side effects of some medications,1, 9 including some for high blood pressure and antidepressants can interfere with blood flow to the penis
- Lifestyle choices (smoking, excessive alcohol, obesity, lack of exercise, stress, lack of sleep), can also affect your performance
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hormone problems
- Depression and anxiety
In other words, ED affects men of every ethnicity, age and lifestyle.
Treatment Options for ED
Stop wondering about ED
Start by taking the quiz
Ways to Help Your Partner
Helping Your Partner Who Has ED
You can help him seek treatment, something many men are hesitant to do. If you both have adjusted to a life without sex, you may also want to explore treatment options for yourself.
Choose the Moment
Be Sensitive and Honest
Come Back Stronger
Talking about ED can change your life.
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