Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a condition that affects more than 100 million men worldwide. This number is expected to double by the year 2025 and although there have been a lot of studies on the condition, there are still a lot of inaccurate myths that surround the condition. Because most ED sufferers would also rather not talk about the condition, ED is shrouded in mystery which further adds to the inaccurate information surrounding the problem. Most men are so secretive about the problem; they won’t even seek treatment for the condition.
The following are just some facts about ED every man should be aware of – For more information visit London Andrology.
- ED is a highly prevalent and often undertreated condition with a significant impact on the general health of the individual. In fact studies have linked ED to heart disease and high blood pressure and it is often a symptom of these more serious illnesses.
- Contrary to popular belief and media reports, ED is not an over-treated condition. In fact, studies have shown that 90% of all men who suffer from ED never seek treatment.
- It is expected that the number of men suffering from ED will significantly increase. This is due to ageing population, unhealthy eating habits that can lead to early on-set diabetes and other conditions. Stress is also a major factor in the development of ED.
- In studies conducted in most countries in the world, the incidences of ED are never less than 10% of the total population sometimes higher as 30% depending on the region.
- ED is often considered a barometer for cardiovascular health. Early on-set ED can often indicate the presence of an underlying heart condition. This is because the arteries in the penis are often smaller than those in the heart and will therefore block a lot faster.
- PDE5 drugs can be used by men with spinal cord injuries. The drugs are however more effective if the spinal cord injury is higher up.
- A survey in the US found that 71% of its participants failed to raise the issue of ED with their doctors because they thought their sexual concerns would be dismissed. 68% were afraid that the doctor would be embarrassed and 76% thought there would be no treatment for the condition.
- Phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) drugs don’t cause constant erections. They are however 80% effective in treating ED.
- You should never take PDE5 drugs with other illegal drugs such as poppers (nitro-glycerin or TNT tablets) or ecstasy tablets. That’s because the combination can cause (low blood pressure) or hypotension which can lead to death.
ED is a condition that can be treated with the right combination of drugs and some significant lifestyle changes. But you can only get the necessary help if you talk to your doctor about the condition. Failing to discuss it could lead to more serious conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease.