Understanding Erectile Dysfunction

This Is Why Every Male Will Eventually Experience ED

Few things are more frustrating (and embarrassing) than erectile dysfunction, especially when men experience diminished performance in their 40s and 50s. But here’s the thing . . .

Yes, It’s Perfectly Normal!

And we have the research to prove it. Studies show that around 40% of men in their 40s suffer from some form of ED. That number increases to an incredible 70% of men in their 70s. Unfortunately, declining sexual health is just part of getting older.

Though the risk of ED increases with age, research shows that unfortunately, it’s still possible for young men to experience ED. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that ED affects about 26 percent of men under the age of 40.

What are the Signs of Erectile Dysfunction?

The occasional bedroom disappointment is perfectly natural and no reason for alarm. After all, sex is more than desire: it’s a blend of physical and emotional components, and if anything is out of balance, performance can easily slip. So don’t be discouraged by a mishap, especially if you’ve experienced otherwise smooth sailing. However, it’s time to have your sexual health evaluated if you are consistently dealing with the following:

  • Inability to achieve an erection
  • Inability to maintain an erection
  • Reduced libido

What Are Some Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction?

Although there is an extensive list of potential causes of ED, we have included some of the most common causes below:


Age is a common factor in diminished sexual function. As men age, blood flow decreases. For most men, at some point, this means that performance also declines. On top of declining blood flow, hormone levels and libido also often experience a decline with age. This can be a troublesome combination for a man’s sexual health.


Since men’s sexual performance relies on healthy blood flow, it’s little surprise that smoking exacerbates ED symptoms. Habitual smoking damages delicate blood vessels and compromises the arterial blood supply to the penis. Give some real thought to quitting smoking!


Regular exercise helps moderate your weight, increase physical strength, and boosts dopamine and testosterone production. So get up and go! Your mental disposition is an important part of your sexual and general health. Take time to exercise; it will make a big difference in your sexual health, too.


Men who eat fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains are at a reduced risk of erectile dysfunction. ED is often a sign of inhibited blood flow. Eating more nutrient-dense foods that promote circulation and vascular health is a great way to open up your arteries and allow all areas of your body to get the blood they need.

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Benefits of Linear Focused Shockwave Therapy

At Metro Men’s Health, our innovative Linear Shockwave therapy achieves remarkable outcomes for our patients. While the physical benefits are plenty, there are profound emotional benefits to the treatment as well. Our treatment:

  • Doesn’t require the man to step away to take a pill
  • Is discreet, minimizing embarrassment
  • Is painless, requiring no downtime

The bottom line is that it works. Men of all ages and health conditions have seen sexual health and performance improvements in our clinics. These improvements help self-confidence, get men back in the game, and ultimately improve relationships.

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Emotional Impact of Erectile Dysfunction

Sex is a powerful emotional experience shared between partners. When sexual performance issues, including erectile dysfunction, arise, there can be emotional fallout for yourself and your partner. Emotional concerns linked to ED can frustrate otherwise healthy relationships.

At Metro Men’s Health, we understand the emotional side of sexual performance. We pride ourselves in treating all aspects of ED, and the following is a look at the emotional ties to sexual performance. If you have more questions regarding this aspect of ED, we want you to feel comfortable talking about it with our team of dedicated specialists.

Low Self Esteem

Sexual performance issues are common across the United States and the world. That being said, men are still hesitant to be open about it. ED often has a demoralizing effect on a man’s self-esteem.

Because ED is a mental struggle as well as a physical one, once ED impacts your self-esteem it can be that much more difficult to achieve sexual performance the next time around. It’s an emotionally devastating cycle that can worsen unless you allow professionals to intervene and turn your condition around.

Partner Feels Rejection

It’s important to understand that sexual performance issues affect your partner as well. Clinical psychologists suggest that the partner may be troubled by thoughts such as “Is it me?” and “am I not attractive anymore?”. ED can make the partner feel rejected, even when those feelings aren’t warranted or accurate. Communicating with your partner is incredibly important.

Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition, it’s not a reflection of a partner’s attractiveness. Unfortunately, misunderstanding abounds when a man is suffering issues of sexual performance. These types of miscommunications may cause tension in a relationship that leads to:

  • A reluctance to be intimate
  • An unhealthy preoccupation with sexual performance
  • Physical and mental self-esteem issues for both partners

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment in Clinics Across the U.S.

Don’t let erectile dysfunction affect your physical and emotional health. Speak with the specialists at Metro Men’s Health about our Linear Focused Shockwave therapy options. Take the first step towards improving your sexual health and well-being, call our offices or schedule a consultation online today!