What is male erectile dysfunction and what causes it?

What is male erectile dysfunction and what causes it?

Male erectile dysfunction is one of the most common sexual health issues in the US. Currently, 40 million men in the US experience it by the age of 40. That's 1 in 4. But, before we talk about the available treatments for ED, we have to first talk about the ED definition and what are erectile dysfunction causes.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection firm enough for sex. It is sometimes referred to as male impotence.

What are causes of erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is related to issues with nerves, blood flow, and hormones, and can be caused by both physical and psychological factors. If a persistent erection problem occurs, it’s important to consult a doctor as it could be caused by a serious medical condition.

The most common physical erectile dysfunction causes:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Prostate cancer treatment
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco, alcohol, or drug use
  • Some prescription drugs
  • Nerve and brain disorders
  • Pelvic injuries and surgical complications
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Peyronie disease

Psychological ED factors range from treatable mental health issues to common, day-to-day emotional states. Some of the psychological causes for ED include:

  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem or body image
  • Relationship issues
  • Fear of intimacy

ED treatment options

Erectile dysfunction is common and treatable. Unfortunately, some ED treatment options, like prescription drugs, can have serious side effects and cause headaches, body aches, digestive issues, hearing loss, and vision loss. Other ED treatment options like vacuum pumps or constriction devices can cause pain and bruising. They can also be awkward to use and disrupt moments of intimacy.

Giddy was created to address the current lack of options available to men and their partners experiencing erectile dysfunction. Giddy is an FDA Registered Class II Medical device developed to address ED without drugs. Giddy is patented and can help with both the physical and mental causes of erectile dysfunction.

Living with erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction can be a serious obstacle for men whether they’re single and dating, or in a relationship. For many men, ED is emasculating, can damage their confidence, and can lead to feelings of guilt, depression, and anxiety.

It's important for men and their partners to communicate with each other about ED.

A common misconception about ED is that it occurs when a man isn’t attracted to his partner. Because of misconceptions like these, it’s important for men and their partners to communicate with each other and stay educated on ED symptoms, causes, and treatments.

Start doing something about your ED today.

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