What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is when a man has difficulty getting or keeping an erection that’s firm enough for sex.
It causes emotional and mental distress and hurts your relationship with your partner. ED is a common condition that affects millions of men. It can happen to you at any age and any point in your life.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
ED isn’t just a physical problem. It’s also influenced by:
- psychological states,
- age-related factors,
- lifestyle choices,
- hormonal abnormalities, or
- a combination of the above.
Erectile Dysfunction Calls Into Question Your Masculinity
ED can negatively affect your self-image and identity, as men are often perceived as less masculine since sexual prowess intertwines closely with masculinity.
In addition, impotence or unable to father children deprives you of some essential human experiences—experiences that are important to all men, regardless of race, culture, or class.
The Pain of ED can be Physically and Emotionally Traumatic.
You may have thought that physical pain was the only thing you need to worry about when it comes to erectile dysfunction. But the truth is, ED can cause a lot of emotional trauma too.
If you’ve ED, you’re probably apprehensive about being able to satisfy your partner in bed. And if you’re single or dating someone new, this fear can deflate (pun intended) more than just your confidence for two reasons: firstly because there are few things as awkward as trying to get aroused with an unfamiliar partner; secondly because if things don’t go well right away (as they so often won’t), then both parties will immediately feel embarrassed.
The inability to express your love physically is not only an emotional letdown but also causes great distress. Your partner may feel neglected, sexually unfulfilled, or emotional frustrated. After all, a satisfying sexual experience requires that both partners be satisfied.
The Psychological Toll of Erectile Dysfunction
Researchers have found that as many as 50 per cent of men diagnosed with erectile dysfunction suffer from mental health problems.
Impotence—and its associated anxiety, mood swings and anhedonia (reduced interest in sex)—engenders multiple relationship problems and invariably heightened stress anxiety. No wonder some guys fell apart after being told they “can’t” get hard anymore!
Erectile Dysfunction is a potential source of humiliation and stigma, which can affect every aspect of your life. ED makes you feel unattractive and inadequate as a partner or lover, while your partner may feel rejected and unloved. You are both afraid that your relationship will collapse under the weight of this problem.
Since ED is a sensitive and private topic, you may choose to suffer in silence. Nonetheless, the constant threat of humiliation and rejection only intensifies the psychological distress, worsening the impotence over time.
And this is where counselling and psychotherapy come in handy!
Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction can drastically reduce your quality of life, ruin relationships and wreck self-esteem. Nevertheless, suffering from ED doesn’t need to be an inescapable reality.
Erectile dysfunction can be effectively treated. If you feel isolated because no one seems to understand what you’re going through and how much erectile dysfunction affects your life. If you prefer a holistic, all-natural, non-drug solution, contact us today.
You have the opportunity to discuss the situation with our knowledgeable and impartial counsellor, free from bias or judgment. Under our experienced counsellor’s guidance, you’ll work through thorny issues, reclaim your sexual prowess, and reignite your sex life.