Erectile Dysfunction, or ED, is one of the most common sexual disorders for men to experience. One of the most common myths about ED is that an older man wakes up one day and suddenly he cannot get an erection. For the majority of men, this is not the case. ED is usually a progressive process and occurs slowly over time.
The key to recovering from erectile dysfunction or other erectile difficulties is to recognize the early warning signs and symptoms and promptly get help. Here are some signs to watch out for.
Difficulty Achieving an Erection
One of the first and most common symptoms of ED is the inability to achieve an adequate erection to have sex. ED may be a short or long-term problem, but it can persist to such a degree that it eventually begins to interfere with your relationships.
It’s common (and normal) for the problem to come and go, but if your ability to achieve an erection becomes unpredictable and consistent – and it’s not possible to get one during the times when you want to have sex – you may be looking at a symptom of ED, even if you’re able to get an erection once in awhile.
Inability to Maintain an Erection
Maybe you can get an erection, but you find it doesn’t last long enough to complete sex or truly enjoy it. Even though erectile dysfunction isn’t always an easy topic to discuss, you’re not alone. ED can also be associated with stress, hormones, emotional well-being, the nervous system, muscle tone, circulation, medications, and other things, so it’s important to first diagnose the underlying cause before trying to remedy it.
While there may be a simple explanation for the inability to maintain an erection, sexual arousal is a complex function of the body, so it’s important to consult with your doctor if you’re regularly having trouble sustaining an erection and having pleasurable sex.
Inability to Get an Erection
Some men may have trouble getting an erection at all, which can lead to feelings of distress, guilt, embarrassment, shame, or other difficult emotions. When this happens, you may also feel like your relationship with your partner is being affected, as well as your self-esteem and overall sense of health and well-being.
A mix of physical and psychological factors may contribute to ED. For example, a physical ailment could impede your body’s ability to get an erection – which then creates anxiety and further compound the problem of ED.
Other Symptoms Related to ED:
- Premature ejaculation
- Delayed ejaculation
- Inability to ejaculate
- Reduced libido or sex drive
- A dysfunction in the muscles of the pelvic floor
- Trauma to the pelvis, such as pelvic fractures
- Failure to become aroused after sufficient stimulation
- Low levels of the hormone testosterone
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to talk with your doctor first to see what may be causing your ED, and to identify any underlying physical or psychological conditions that might be contributing to your erectile issues.
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