Erectile Dysfunction

What YOU can do

Whether the cause is physical, psychological or a combination of both, erectile dysfunction can become a source of mental and emotional stress for you and your partner. Here are some steps you can take:

Loss of erection is often reversible; you can usually return to a previous level of arousal once conditions that helped you get an erection return. Don’t panic, breathe, slow down and go back to foreplay.

DON’T assume you have a long-term problem. Don’t view occasional erection problems as a reflection on your health or masculinity, and don’t automatically expect to have erection trouble again during your next sexual encounter. This can cause anxiety, which might make erectile dysfunction worse.

Involve your sexual partner. Your partner might see your inability to have an erection as a sign of diminished sexual interest in her or him. Your reassurance that this isn’t the case can help. Communicate openly and honestly about your condition. Treatment is often more successful when a man involves his partner.

Don’t ignore stress, anxiety, relationship communication or other mental health concerns. Talk to your doctor or consult a mental health provider to address these issues.

Be realistic about expectations for yourself and your partner. Look at the expectations and stressors you both have, family, children, parents, work, finances. They all affect you both.

Are you too worried about ‘the act’? Look at ways that you might be distracting yourself during sexual activity.

Be inventive! Sometimes change is good and if you openly discuss change, such as changing positions to improve blood flow, use of toys, role playing etc. you can open new avenues of enjoyment for both of you. Remember, consent must be mutual.

Major Lifestyle Risks that YOU can fix!

STOP Smoking – every time you inhale on a cigarette or cigar, every blood vessel in your body constricts, including the blood vessels of the penis, damaging them and the blood vessels everywhere else in your body… so stop smoking!

Don’t be Overweight – excess body weight changes the pressures in your blood vessels and increases the amount of estrogen in your body, both of which affect erectile function …so lose some weight.

Include physical activity in your daily routine. Exercise can help with underlying conditions that play a part in erectile dysfunction in a number of ways, including reducing stress, helping you lose weight and increasing blood flow.

Get treatment for alcohol or drug problems. Alcohol is a well-known inhibitor of sexual response and quality. Drinking too much or taking certain illegal drugs can worsen erectile dysfunction directly or by causing long-term health problems.