What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Erectile dysfunction, or sometimes known as impotence, is a disorder where the penis does not become fully erect to perform intercourse (sex), or sometimes the penis can get erect, but does not stay erect long enough to sustain intercourse. ED is a concern for many men and their spouses or partners. However, it does not mean that a man is not capable of pleasuring their partner, but it may cause complications with specific types of pleasure and/or getting pregnant, if desired, due to not being able to keep an erection long enough to ejaculate during intercourse.
Is erectile dysfunction treatable?
The easy answer is, “Yes!” I hope that gives you some relief. However, when a person goes to a sex therapist or a medical doctor answers are not always easy. To find out the reason for a person’s ED information about reasons, a thorough evaluation (medically and mentally) should be considered. Treatment is not guaranteed to be effective, but in most cases, with a properly skilled sex therapist and/or medical doctor, ED can be treated.
What types of treatment are helpful for erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction can be treated based on the outcome of the evaluation. If the outcome of the evaluation shows that their is a biological factor to ED, then the medical doctor will have to determine the right course of action. Sometimes, if the issue is biological, then there may be no medical treatment. Some men who have had prostate cancer, are not always able to attain full functioning, but their may be other medical options, such as a prosthesis that may be effective in continuing to pleasure your spouse. Once the medical issue has been resolved, then a sex therapist should be consulted to help with relational complications. A sex therapist can help with building communication skills and exploring effective ways to increase intimacy during the love making process due to the nature of the sensitivity of the complications that might arise in the relationship and in actual act making love when medical concerns arise.
If ED appears to not have a biological basis, then a sex therapist may be beneficial to help build knowledge about why ED may be a problem for you. A sex therapist can help you explore how to effectively work on your thoughts and emotions to treat psychological reasons that you may be experiencing ED, and to help the couple communicate and build their relationship. Some of the psychological reasons that ED occurs are relationship conflicts, anxiety, distraction, pornography usage, masturbation, and incorrect focus.
Medications are also options that can be helpful for both biological and psychological ED. However, medications only treat symptoms temporarily and do not solve the problem. Medications such as Viagra, Cialis and others that are more long acting, all can be prescribed by your doctor. It is important to consult a sex therapist if you want to work on the underlying issue that your ED arose from. ED can be very frustrating and medications can help in the moment, but long term results are more sustainable with therapy.
Should I be embarrassed if I have erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is just like any other mental health or medical diagnosis in that it is separate from your identity. It does not have to define you. You are still a man. Most men believe that since their penis is not working right, then they are lesser of a man, but that is our culture talking. The reality is that you can be just as good of a lover and give your partner what they need without an erection. For most couples, they only spend 1% or less of their week having sex. So there are much more important things in life. Yet, I know that having a functioning penis is ideal and seeing a professional, especially a sex therapist can be very helpful!
What do I do now?
Call me! 706-955-0230 Just talking to someone who is educated about ED is the most important part because you need to get help before it becomes a chronic issue. There are medications that may help in the short term while working with a medical doctor and a sex therapist in the long term would help solve the underlying issue.