ED SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES
A MEN’S HEALTH ISSUE
ONE CONDITION, MANY CAUSES
ED happens when blood flow to the penis is limited or nerves are damaged. The causes of ED include but are not limited to diabetes, heart disease, prostate cancer treatment, depression, anxiety, and the side effects of some medications1, 5. Stress, lack of sleep, smoking and excess drinking can also affect your performance. In other words, ED affects men of every ethnicity, age and lifestyle.1, 5
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
You may be surprised when you experience ED for the first time. In fact, more than half of men over 40 suffer from some degree of ED1. If you can’t get an erection more than 50% of the time, you should see a doctor. To better understand the link between your symptoms and ED, take the Sexual Health Inventory Management (SHIM) Survey5.The results should be shared with your doctor to help initiate a conversation about treatment options.
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TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR ED
ED is treatable at any age. Treating the underlying cause of ED with the support of your doctor, is a good place to start, such as adjusting your lifestyle, quitting smoking and reducing your stress. Medications (Viagra™, Cialis™, Levitra™ and Stendra™) are typically the first line of therapy, but many men need more. Medications are typically followed by one or more of these treatments: topical cream, vacuum devices, surgically implanted devices or penile injections. These other options are usually discussed with your physician.
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Ways to help your partner
HELPING YOUR PARTNER WHO HAS ED
ED is a common medical problem. It is both physical and emotional, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it. Most importantly, ED is treatable. The more you know about ED, the more helpful and positive you can be. Go to your doctor and ask questions. You can help him seek treatment, something many men are hesitant to do.
BE SENSITIVE AND HONEST
A man with ED may withdraw from sex and his partner. Be patient. You may blame yourself, thinking you are no longer desirable. You may blame him and suspect infidelity. Be honest. Talk about what you each expect. If you noticed changes during sex, bring it up to him. While difficult, talking about ED may bring you closer and strengthen your relationship.
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CHOOSE THE MOMENT
Try to find a non-sexual place to talk at a time when both of you are relaxed. Communication is key. Turn off the TV and cell phones. Take a deep breath and don't be afraid to have this discussion. Focus on ways to solve ED, rather than on how it affects your relationship. If he isn’t ready to talk about it, see if he will talk to a doctor.
COME BACK STRONGER
Talking about how ED may change your life