What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile function is defined by the Mayo Clinic as, “the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.” ED has become a common problem, particularly among older men and may be linked to several possible causes. We know that ED is an uncomfortable topic for most men and can cause a great deal of shame and embarrassment. For this reason, men often delay talking to their doctor about their condition. However, this delay causes only unnecessary suffering and may even be dangerous.
How Common Is Erectile Dysfunction
In the U.S. there are over 30 million reported cases of ED. The likelihood of a man suffering from erectile dysfunction changes with age. In a study published by the Cleveland Clinic, the risk of suffering from ED is categorized by age group. It is broken down as follows:
- Average population: 52% of men are affected.
- Age 40: 40% of men are affected.
- Age 70: 70% of men are affected.
Crush the Stigma by Discussing ED
We can see by these statistics that ED is a common problem most men, at some time in their lives, will experience. The idea that this condition is shameful or somehow lessens someone as a man is laughable at best. Men shouldn’t be any more ashamed of experiencing ED than they should about having an ulcer or a sore throat: it’s a medical condition, not a reflection upon anyone’s character.
ED is almost always reversible or treatable, but you have to take action. Talking to your doctor about erectile dysfunction is the first and most crucial step towards treating ED and its underlying causes.
ED Is a Reflection of Broader Health Concerns
We could fill a book with problems that can cause ED. The ability to get an erection is dependent on so many things going right in the body and brain that it only takes one thing going wrong in the body to interrupt it. Heart problems are the most well-known cause of the condition, but even things like depression and anxiety can be factors. Some conditions may be more serious than others; this is one of the reasons it’s so important to talk to a doctor about ED, rather than let a potentially dangerous problem progress. Some of the most common causes of ED are:
- Heart disease
- Sleep disorders
- Alcohol use
- Tobacco use
- Enlarged prostate
- Certain medications
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
Medication is Not the Only Answer
Although many men turn to medication, self-injections, testosterone replacement therapy and even surgery to treat ED, these are not always ideal solutions. There are several risks associated with taking oral medication or undergoing surgery, and some men might not be comfortable with a few of these options. However, our clinic offers a non-pharmacological and non-invasive cure for ED.
We use low energy shock wave therapy a unique medical treatment that uses acoustic pressure waves to induce a physiological response to increase blood flow and deliver growth factors (such as stem cells) directly to the penis. In essence, this technology stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the penis to allow for natural erections to occur without the use of pills, injections, pumps or surgery!
To learn more about our low-energy shock wave therapy, or to see if you’re a candidate, call us at 1.800.831.2234.