Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is a very common condition that can distress men of all ages and sexual persuasion. Erectile dysfunction, ED is the incapacity to achieve or sustain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual activity.
In the U.K, ED is thought to affect 1 in 10 men and more than 50% of men over 40 years of age will experience some form of ED.
A number of men will have difficulties maintaining an erection for a satisfactory period of time whilst others may be completely unable to get an erection at all.
At one time, it was thought that ED only affected older men but it is much more common among younger men than previously believed.
To have an erection you need to have an unrestricted blood flow to your penis and to feel sexually aroused. ED can have a range of causes but the main culprits are physical problems, psychological factors and the side effects of certain medications.
Therefore, the most common causes of ED are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, medications for depression and heart conditions, prostate problems, and anxiety. It is always best to check with your G.P., to rule out the possibility, that your ED may be related to a medical condition that may need another course of treatment. Your lifestyle can also be a factor that causes ED as it’s more commonly caused in men who drink excessively, are overweight, those who smoke or use illegal drugs.
In younger men, the most frequent cause of ED is anxiety due to worrying about causing a pregnancy, nervousness about having sex or about using a condom.
However, you do not have to suffer in silence as the vast majority of men with ED can look forward to a return of satisfying sexual activity with the treatments now available and many men have found that they have transformed their lives.