Talk about it
It is really important to look after your emotional health when it comes to erection problems. Bottling up concerns about erections usually seems to make it worse. Consider who you can talk to and make sure you can trust them to keep this confidential.
If the person you can talk to is NOT your partner, consider why they aren’t that person. If there is something wrong in your relationship then it needs to get sorted or the erection may remain elusive.
Don’t avoid sex/being intimate
Don’t avoid being intimate to avoid erectile dysfunction. Erections are important but they are not the only way to please your partner or yourself. The more people avoid sex/being intimate because they are worried they may not achieve a full erection, the more likely that this will come true. Performance anxiety can really affect erections.
Get this checked out
Erectile dysfunction is a cardiovascular disease, like hypertension and heart disease. Those things that make you at higher risk of heart disease also increase your risk of erectile dysfunction:
- Get your blood pressure checked and if its high, get it controlled
- Get your cholesterol checked and if it is high, get it down
- Cut down your alcohol
- Get your weight down to your target weight
- Stop smoking. It really increases your risk. This is very important as if you continue to smoke the small blood vessels in the pelvis and penis can be damaged beyond repair
Consider medication as a cause
Some medication can cause erection dysfunction especially some tablets for blood pressure, antihistamines, anti-inflammatories and some medication for anxiety and depression.That does not mean you should stop them as they may be needed to keep you healthy. When a doctor prescribes them it is unlikely they would take the risk of erectile dysfunction into account.
Speak to your GP or pharmacist. There may be a simple alternative to these medications that would not cause your erection problems.
Consider medication to treat
There are some really effective medications available, not just the little blue pill but a whole range of medications can help treat erection dysfunction.
It is important that you discuss these with your GP or pharmacist to find out if the tablets will suit you and what is the best dose for you. Some are taken just before sex and others on a daily basis.
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