Of course, it’s embarrassing. About 90% of those who have ED or erectile dysfunction don’t even bother seeing a doctor. So it’s more common than you might think. If you’re suffering from ED, fear not, you are definitely not alone. Worse, many young men these days also suffer the same.
It’s true. Whenever we think about erectile dysfunction, we tend to associate with older men. It’s understandable as men age, their sexual prowess declines. ED is commonly suffered by men at a later age. But while it plays a big part in ED, not everyone who suffers from it is old. New research results detail, about 30% of young men ( 18 to 40 years old ) have been showing signs of ED. The researchers are calling this concern a “worrisome picture”.
And ED is no walk in the park. Not only can it affect your sex life, but it can also affect your mental health, inducing low self-esteem in the process. Indeed, not being able to “satisfy” your partner is scary. In this regard, taking the issue head-on is wise. Getting needed help and reaching out to the experts takes courage. But unless you’re able to do so, you’d be left in the same place where you started, or worse.
Tracing the Roots of ED
Many factors cause erectile dysfunction. It can be neurological, psychological or it can be directly caused by a man’s lifestyle. Today, about 30 million Americans are affected by ED, also commonly dubbed as impotence.
Consequently, the bed issue has become a central theme in many popular media. Such TV soaps as Sex and the City and even the fictional duo Beavis and Butthead and a plethora of other shows have made reference to it.
In clinical terms, erectile dysfunction is specified as the constant inability of maintaining an erection. Occasionally, it’s no big deal. If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and experience momentary impotence, it may not be such a cause of alarm. However, it’s a different case when these moments of not maintaining an erection become a pattern.
It’s simple really. Physiologically, when you’re anxious our bodies automatically release stress hormones like adrenaline. This can happen to men, something in the line of “cold feet.” A man’s anxiety to perform in bed can be a cause of the reduction of blood flow to the penis, making it flaccid.
In popular culture, this has become some sort of a “hip hop obsession”. While many performers such as Jay Z and wife Beyonce took the issue of ED indirectly, many of today’s hip-hop artists are openly taking the issue head-on.
Such artists as Childish Gambino made reference to it as a man’s problem in his song “The Worst Guys” featuring Chance the Rapper. Though these lyrics are explicit, it shows how ED has become a major issue in many men nowadays.
Another psychological reason for ED is depression. When a man is depressed he can lose interest in things he usually enjoys, such as sex. Along with depression comes fatigue, sadness, and feelings of worthlessness.
ED in Younger Men
When it comes to erectile dysfunction in young men, it is not as rampant as those of older men but it’s also rampant. About 8% of American males aged 20 to 29 years are affected by ED. Another 11% of those aged 30 to 39 are facing the issue.
While old age plays a significant factor in ED, in young men the causes are more varied. Some of these are:
- Anxiety disorder
- Too much alcohol
- Recreational drugs intake
- Too much stress
- Lack of exercise
True, it is uncommon for young people to have a cholesterol problem or heart problems. But take note, it is uncommon but not entirely impossible. Also, an unhealthy lifestyle could be the cause of not getting an erection. Why? Because smoking, not exercising, and drinking affect the vascular function of the penis.
Getting ED Out of Your System
The first thing you should do is get a medical expert to look at your case. Sometimes, a problem is not actually a problem and you could be moving heaven and earth already wasting your time on a nonexistent issue.
Then, you should take a cold, hard look at your lifestyle. You need to start living a clean life. We’re talking about getting active and staying away from possible ED causes such as drugs and alcohol.
A treatment that has gained a lot of attention these days is GAINSWave, an effective shockwave therapy that is a non-invasive and painless treatment for erectile dysfunction. For starters, the device used in this treatment is FDA-approved. What’s amazing about the procedure is it does away with the plaque that’s plaguing the arteries supplying blood to the penis.
So unlike oral medications such as Viagra and Cialis, Gainswave aims to heal the procreative prowess of man without complications. To note, Viagra works only within a number of hours. The little blue pill may come with a host of complications. Worse, as men grow older they find it hard to get erections even if they take aphrodisiac pills.
There are many ways you can get your manhood back in its dominant state. It sure sounds complicated. ; But if you’re willing to pursue it with passion, your chances of landing a home run should be greater. In time, all the sweat should be nothing compared to the joy of holding your newborn baby in your arms.