Published On January 21, 2020

What exactly is erectile dysfunction?

Understanding Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (also known as ED and impotence) is a man’s inability to achieve or maintain an erection that allows for normal sexual intercourse. ED is not a disease, but a condition that can sometimes serve as an indicator for an underlying physical or psychological problem.

ED is a multidimensional issue with many variables and possible causes. It’s easy to define but not always easy to diagnose. Therefore, it’s normal that men experience symptoms in different ways, such as:

  • No erection at all
  • Short-lasting erections
  • Erections that are too soft

Most of the time, ED is nothing to worry about – every man experiences these symptoms once in a while. In fact, research by the Cleveland Clinic showed that approximately 40 percent of men experience some form of ED before they reach 40.

If you can’t get it up from time to time, that’s perfectly normal. But when the same thing starts happening (or not happening) more than half the time you attempt to have sex, that’s when you should worry.

Chronic erectile dysfunction is very common, specifically in men over 40. While it’s more likely to affect older men, ED is by no means a natural part of aging. If you find that ED symptoms are constantly hindering your sex life and draining your self-esteem, it may be time to speak to a doctor and do something about it.

It comes as no surprise, however, that the large majority of men have trouble talking to their doctors about sex. To this day, male impotence remains an embarrassing, taboo topic that the average guy would rather ignore completely, while hoping – praying – it will go away on its own. Regardless, if you have ED, do not hesitate to speak to your physician, as it could be a sign of a more serious problem.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

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ED symptoms can be caused by either physical or psychological factors. These symptoms are sometimes signs of other, more serious conditions, some of which can be considered disorders on their own.
Male sexual arousal is complex and involves many different systems, all of which must work in perfect coordination to achieve the desired result. If something is off – physically or psychologically – an erection won’t be likely. That being said, most men seeking medical help for ED do so because of physical reasons.

  • Physical causes of ED include:
  • Alcoholism and drug abuse
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer treatments
  • Obesity
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pelvic injuries
  • Poor sleeping habits
  • Prescription medicine
  • Smoking

Rooted in negative thoughts and emotions, psychological ED can affects men of all ages, and is usually, though not always, independent of physical symptoms.

Psychological ED is when a man struggles to get or maintain an erection due to psychological factors.

For example:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety
  • Indifference to sex

How is Erectile Dysfunction Diagnosed?

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When diagnosing for erectile dysfunction and its underlying causes, there are several methods a doctor can choose to employ. The first steps are to examine your medical and psychosexual history, then follow that up with a physical examination. If necessary, your partner may be asked to join the consultation in order obtain an accurate history as well as to plan helpful treatment that will require a mutual effort.

Sounds complicated? Embarrassing? Expensive and time-consuming? Good news: diagnosing erectile dysfunction in 2020 is not like it was twenty years ago. In certain states, men and women can choose to be examined by a doctor from the comfort of their own homes. Thanks to the advancements of telemedicine, patients can consult directly with a doctor through the web, by use of a webcam and microphone, and even purchase prescription medicine online and have it delivered directly to their door.

Telemedicine and Erectile Dysfunction

BlueChew is a first-of-its-kind subscription-based business where men sign up, talk to a doctor and, if they qualify, are made eligible to buy prescription Sildenafil and Tadalafil tablets through the website. These tablets are then delivered to their door each month like clockwork. No doctor appointment, no waiting rooms, no stress!
Welcome to the future of healthcare.