Few things are as unsettling as a change in your body. Was that mole always there? How long has my wrist hurt like this? What happened last night in the bedroom, and will it keep happening? While the term erectile dysfunction is often used for any and all sexual performance issues, the reality is more complicated. Sexual performance issues are varied in their cause, frequency, and severity. Here’s how to recognize erectile dysfunction (ED) and what other issues could be plaguing your sex life.
What are the signs of ED?
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, it’s easy to throw off. So don’t be discouraged by a mishap, especially if you’ve experienced otherwise smooth sailing.
However, you may be suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) if you are consistently dealing with the following:
- Inability to achieve an erection
- Inability to maintain an erection
- Reduced libido
The majority of men will experience ED at some point in their life. While it can occur at any time, it becomes more common with age. According to the University of Wisconsin, “about 5 percent of men that are 40 years old have complete erectile dysfunction, and that number increases to about 15 percent of men at age 70.” They add that “mild and moderate erectile dysfunction affects approximately 10 percent of men per decade of life (i.e., 50 percent of men in their 50s, 60 percent of men in their 60s).”
While ED is a natural part of life, it isn’t something you necessarily have to suffer through. There are many treatments available to help you overcome it and have a fulfilling sex life.
What else could it be?
While ED or impotence is often used as a blanket term for sexual difficulties, there are other, more appropriate terms, especially when the issue is mainly concerned with your orgasm.
Premature ejaculation refers to when a man is unable to consistently control his ability to ejaculate. However, while the erection fades following ejaculation, that is a natural process and so is unrelated to ED.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, delayed ejaculation occurs when a man needs 30 minutes or more of sexual stimulation to reach orgasm.
Some men struggle to achieve orgasm at all. Orgasmic dysfunction falls into four categories:
- Primary anorgasmia: You have never experienced an orgasm.
- Secondary anorgasmia: You have difficulty achieving orgasm despite previous experience.
- Situational anorgasmia: You are only able to achieve orgasm under specific conditions (e.g., oral sex or masturbation).
- General anorgasmia: You are unable to achieve orgasm, even when highly aroused and stimulated.
Recognizing and diagnosing sexual health issues is the first step in resolving them. While not all sexual issues are cases of erectile dysfunction, none will go away on their own. At Metro Men’s Health, we believe in addressing the larger health issues at work and finding the treatment best for you instead of relying on “coverall” solutions. If you have been struggling with your sexual health and are ready for a healthier, happier you, reach out to us today. We’re ready to help.