Erectile Dysfunction: What do you need to know?
What You Need To Know If You’re Struggling, Sexually
Sexual performance issues can have you questioning your manliness and cursing your manhood. Thankfully you don't need to suffer in silence, so keep reading as we fill you in on everything you need to know if you're having a (not so) hard time in the bedroom.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
Removing the stigma associated with poor sexual performance
So, it’s time to get busy in the bedroom…
...only, your body isn’t cooperating and your libido seems to have gone on strike.
A single incident between the sheets is hardly cause for concern, given most men will suffer from difficulties below the belt at some point over the years. Especially with age. However if you notice that your symptoms are persisting or getting progressively worse, this could indicate something more serious.
They’re the two words most men never want to hear, but you may be suffering from Erectile Dysfunction. Erectile Dysfunction - also referred to as Impotence - is the inability to gain or maintain an erection that’s satisfying enough for you and your sexual partner including erections that are softer, less frequent, or don’t last as long.
If you think Erectile Dysfunction may be the cause of your bedroom woes, now isn’t the time to stick your head in the sand. Instead, reach out to your local GP to discuss the wide range of natural treatment options and to ensure it isn’t a symptom of something more serious such as heart disease or diabetes.
How Does An Erection Work?
It's all about getting your blood pumping
Let’s have a quick chat about the birds, the bees, and how this all plays out in the bedroom. It might seem straightforward at the time, but achieving and maintaining an erection involves a complex chain reaction that relies on your brain, hormones, and blood flow all working in tandem.
When you’re settling in for a little sexy time, here’s how it works:
- A mixture of sight, sound, and touch causes sexual attraction and arousal.
- Your brain transmits signals via your body’s spinal cord and nerves.
- Chemicals such as Nitric Oxide causes the muscles and arteries in the penis to relax.
- Blood flow increases through the penis into two main erection chambers made of a spongy tissue (Corus Cavernosum).
- Veins in the penis contract, trapping blood and filling this erectile tissue so that it swells and stiffens.
- And the rest, as they say, is history...or it is, if you’re currently struggling to achieve an erection.
Is Erectile Dysfunction Common?
Issues below the belt can feel isolating, but you’re not alone
The stigma surrounding sexual performance issues may leave you feeling isolated. After all, it's not something most men are eager to talk about. If you did you'd likely find at least one close friend or family member who is currently suffering through similar symptoms, what with studies showing that Erectile Dysfunction is far more common than you might expect.
What Do The Numbers Say?
The hard facts, stats, and figures
- (1) Approximately one in three Kiwi men between the ages of 40 and 70 might suffer from ED.
- The rate at which men are affected increases with age, affecting:
- 24% of men in their 40s
- 38% in their 50s
- 60% in their 60s
- (2) Only around 5% of Kiwi men ever seek help for their sexual performance issues.