Erectile dysfunction will often have a devastating impact not only on his sex life, but also on intimate relationships and his sense of self-image. Men with erectile problems frequently experience lower levels of self-esteem and self-confidence, decreased feelings of masculinity, and may even experience depression.
And it rarely ends just there. Partners are also more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction related sexual problems and mental distress.
Erectile dysfunction is defined as repeatedly being unable to get or maintain a level or erection hardness capable allowing one the ability to engage in penetrative sexual practices.
Erectile dysfunction problems are common. Over 40% of men over the age of 40 will experience at least one episode of erectile dysfunction per year. As men age, the percentage, frequency and severity of each erectile dysfunction flare-ups will tend to increase.
Erectile dysfunction will often have a devastating impact on a man’s self-image. Many men with erectile disorders experience lower levels of self-esteem and self-confidence, decreased feelings of masculinity, and may even experience depression. And it rarely ends just there.
Men suffer, and so do their partners
Erectile dysfunction is a couple’s problem as it frequently will negatively impact relationships as well as sex lives. Men with erectile dysfunction often avoid sexual encounters with partners. Even basic forms of intimacy (such as kissing and cuddling) can decline. Research now shows that the partners of men with erectile dysfunction are also more likely to suffer from decreased levels sexual satisfaction, reduced sexual desire, stress and in some cases, depression.
Solutions to erectile dysfunction problems are rarely clear cut.
There are at least ten different types of erectile dysfunction falling into four general groups:
- Physical erectile dysfunction (problems include physical injury, medical illness, lifestyle related, and erectile dysfunction caused by drug side-effects),
- psychological erectile dysfunction (this includes stress, depression, and lack of sexual desire)
- relationship related erectile dysfunction (relationship conflict, marital pressures, family issues including the presence of children) and
- erectile dysfunction related to problems in lovemaking methods and behaviours.
So why not just take a pill?
To complicate things further, the factors outlined above will often combine thereby making resolution of erectile dysfunction complicated. The vast majority of erectile dysfunction problems are caused by psychological factors as well as problems in lovemaking methods and behaviours. Whilst medication can sometimes help, they don’t address and can’t resolve issues relating to psychological and relationship factors.
What a ManFocus Clinic Sex Therapist can do to help you with erection problems
Our team of sexual health physicians has extensive experience in helping men and their partners to resolve erectile dysfunction problems.
We conduct a full review of your medical and sexual history. This will helps us to identify erectile dysfunction causes, patterns and to assess levels of erectile dysfunction severity. We will then assemble a treatment plan specifically designed to help alleviate your erectile dysfunction problems as quickly, and as effectively as possible.
If you happen to be experiencing a physical or medical condition that requires on-going treatment or rehabilitation, we will instruct both yourself and your partner as to how these can be successfully incorporated within your sexual practices.
We will also teach you (and your partner) new methods of sexual pleasuring and arousal that will make getting and maintaining and erection easier, less stressful, and more likely.