Around 30 million American men have erectile dysfunction. Many older men believe this is a normal part of aging, and as such, they suffer in silence.
However, even when ED comes with aging, some things can be done about it.
Occasional sexual issues don’t necessarily lead to a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction. Ongoing or increasingly more persistent issues are another story, however. Often, these issues arise due to an underlying health issue or as a side effect of prescription medications.
What are the early warning signs of erectile dysfunction? Continue reading to find out.
Can’t Always Achieve an Erection
Erectile dysfunction doesn’t mean you can’t ever get an erection. For some, an early warning sign is that you can’t get an erection every time you want to. This may start as a rare occurrence and generally become more pronounced as time continues.
Erections Don’t Always Last
You may have no problem getting an erection. Instead, you may experience difficulty in maintaining your erection as long as you’d like to. You may lose your erection before you (or your partner) reach climax.
Reduced Sexual Desire or Drive
Many men who experience erectile dysfunction (ED) also have a reduced desire to have intercourse. This generally happens due to the feelings of guilt, shame, or embarrassment that accompany other symptoms of erectile dysfunction. However, it can be a symptom on its own.
Premature or Delayed Ejaculation
For some, the signs of erectile dysfunction begin with either premature or delayed ejaculation. These can happen as a side effect of the emotional or mental strains of ED. Sometimes, they’re symptoms in their own right.
Premature ejaculation happens when a man releases very quickly. Delayed ejaculation is when a man finds it incredibly difficult to reach climax.
There Is Help
Thankfully, there are many different options for managing the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Men can take a variety of medications for ongoing or short-term assistance. For example, the use of trimix injections or a Viagra prescription may help some people.
Of course, treatment is different in each case of erectile dysfunction. This is because there are many different causes. It’s important to treat or manage the cause of erectile dysfunction.
For example, if low testosterone is to blame, replacement therapy may prove helpful. If anxiety or depression is to blame, then therapy or antidepressants may be necessary. Anyone who has erectile dysfunction is encouraged to speak with their doctors about their concerns.
More Questions About Warning Signs of Erectile Dysfunction?
Millions of American men have erectile dysfunction. Contrary to popular belief, however, it isn’t necessary to suffer in silence. If you experience the warning signs of ED above, your doctor can help.
Do you have more questions about the warning signs of erectile dysfunction?
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