Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a relatively common condition and can affect men of all ages. In fact, 4.3 million men in the UK experience symptoms*
* Prevalence based on men reporting occasional and frequent difficulty getting or maintaining an erection [ref. Kantar TNS Omnibus Survey Dec 2010 – in a survey of 1,033 men]
Most men experience ED at some point in their lives. Sarah-Jane Swanley, a sexual health counsellor says, “If ED happens only occasionally – perhaps work’s stressful, or you’re having a bad patch in your relationship – it’s not likely to be serious or long-lasting.”
The good news is you can ask your local pharmacist for advice about it, and there’s now an over-the-counter medicine available that may help treat your symptoms.
So how can you spot an erectile problem, and what can you do about it?
Symptoms over time
Different men have different experiences of ED: some are unable to achieve an erection at all, some can get an erection but cannot maintain it long enough for sex, and for some their erection is not hard enough. If you have these symptoms over a period of time, they may be signs of an erectile problem and it’s important to seek some help. “Many men – and their partners – put up with the symptoms of ED for years because they’re too embarrassed to approach a medical professional for help,” suggests Sarah-Jane.
Some men who are experiencing symptoms of ED avoid opportunities for sex: this change in behaviour may be enough for a partner to spot a potential erectile problem. Habitually staying up late after a partner has gone to bed, working late, being ‘too busy’, or even saying they have a headache when the opportunity for sex arises are all alarm bells that erectile problems may be the issue. Many men find it difficult to acknowledge and talk about erection problems and partners need to treat the situation with sensitivity: “It’s better for partners to ask gently about any underlying issues rather than jumping in with confrontational questions about ‘having a problem’ or ‘not finding me attractive’ when their other halves avoid sex,” says Sarah-Jane.
Some men cannot get an erection in a sexual situation with a partner, but they can through masturbation, during the night and first thing in the morning. This may point to an emotional rather than physical cause of ED. There’s an intriguing and
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Tec