Erectile Dysfunction: Don’t Get in a Slump

If you are ever in a situation where your penis goes suddenly limp, don’t worry about it; it is not your fault, it is not your partner’s fault — it just happens sometimes. Before you panic and assume the worst, you need to keep in mind that this phenomenon happens more than you would think. In fact, the Cleveland Men’s Clinic has calculated that as many as 52 percent of men experience Erectile Dysfunction (ED) — that is half of the men they treated!
Of all men, 70 percent of erectile dysfunction cases are over the age of 70. 40 percent of cases are men between 40 to 70 years old. However, you don’t have to be in these age brackets to have a limp experience. There are many factors that contribute to erectile dysfunction. In this blog, we will discuss at length about the disorder, what contributes to it, how to treat it, and how to conduct yourself when it happens.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Most know that erectile dysfunction is when a man is unable to maintain a lasting erection. Impotence can be a frustrating experience because your mind may be ready for sex, but your penis is not willing to cooperate. Though many know the basics of the disorder, they don’t know specifically why it happens.

Why Does this Happen?

ED is a phenomenon that typically occurs from a large range of health-related issues. High blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, and prostate cancer, all can affect the strength of your stiffness. Also, any injuries to your genital areas, pelvis, and bladder, can affect the quality of your erections. As the penis is an organ of the body, it would make sense that the quality of men’s health would be interlinked. If you are unhealthy or injured, your genitals will be affected. Not only will your private areas be affected physically, but their function during sex could change.

The Mind, Medications, and An Unenthusiastic Penis

If you have an experience with erectile dysfunction, you should not become worried, as it is incredibly common and in no way should ever make you feel alienated. Most importantly, you shouldn’t feel ashamed about it. Because there are so many factors that contribute to limp symptoms, almost every man will experience it at least once in their lifetime. However, if you battle with stress, depression, or any other mental or emotional issues, your likelihood of erectile dysfunction could be increased. For instance, not only are the thoughts themselves a contributor to ED, but the medications to treat the mental issues also are great initiators as well. In almost any antidepressant medication, there is always a warning of impotence. Medications treating high blood pressure, pain, depression, Parkinson disease, and cancer, all can encourage ED.
However, just because your penis is unenthusiastic sometimes, does not mean that it will be all of the time. As one medication encourages ED in you, another one might now. It is easy to switch to a different medication and determine which one is right for you.

Your Age

As stated earlier in this blog, how old you are will affect the likelihood of you having a limp experience. The older you become, the more likely you are to have erectile dysfunction. Age makes it a challenge to begin an erection, and makes it more difficult to keep an erection during the duration of sex. To be clear, just because you age doesn’t mean that it causes ED. Erectile dysfunction can happen at any age. If you have poor blood flow, limpness could happen at any time, any age. After all, an erection is merely blood being pumped into the penis to make it stiff. If you have poor blood flow due to genetics, calcium and plaque build-ups, or by chance, you might experience a slight slump in stiffness.

Your Bad Habits Have Consequences

Alcohol has been known as “liquid courage.” A couple sips and your nerves fade. Not only are you calmer, cooler, and downright suave, but you also catch the eye of a beautiful partner from the opposite side of the room. Fast toward, and those side glances and shy smiles turn into bedroom play. But, unfortunately, your gulps of liquid courage have come back to bite you. Yes, the thing you depended on you to give you a boost of charm, can actually become your enemy.
Alcohol is a natural depressant, which means that it will make you calmer and less sexually excited (weird right?). Often when you sip on liquor it seems like you are more sexually active than normal. This is false. Alcohol lowers your sex drive and limits the speed of blood flow. Because of this lack of blood flow, your penis isn’t able to swell with blood quickly. As a result you won’t be able to initiate an erection or keep it for very long either — talk about an awkward one night stand!

Charleston Men’s Clinic

Don’t be too upset about your erectile dysfunction. It happens — learn about it, treat it, and move on! Most men experience it, which means you are not the first one to experience the “dreaded slump.” The point is, you shouldn’t become discouraged because there are plenty resources to treat your symptoms. As modern medicine has advanced, new treatments are becoming available to help ED patients. Don’t be too embarrassed if you experience ED during a sexual encounter. You are not the only one who has experienced the situation! If you have been experiencing repeated weakness during sex, there may be a bigger problem. If you would like to seek out treatment, contact Charleston Men’s Clinic. We have a wide range of treatment options for you, so you never have to worry about your erectile dysfunction. Contact our men’s clinic today.