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What exactly are erection problems?

Achieving and sustaining a strong enough erection for sex is a huge challenge. The body must send an appropriate signal to the brain, and blood must flow through the penis. These kinds of stuff don't always happen the way you want them to. This is when erection issues arise.

What is the distinction between 'erection disorders' and 'erectile dysfunction?

There's nothing. Erection disorders are medically referred to as erectile dysfunction.

What induces erection issues?

The simple explanation is there is very little blood supply to the penis. But what is the source of this? Erectile issues, also known as erectile dysfunction, can be caused by a variety of causes (ED). Others are physical, and some are related to your psychological health or the use of certain prescriptions.
It is critical to understand that erection issues can affect any man at any age. In reality, EDs are surprisingly common in young men. By the age of 40, six out of every ten men must've had some experiences with EDs. And most of these men presume that the case of their EDs is due to the tension of both professional and personal lives.
Your relationship can suffer as a result of erection issues. They can also be a symptom of a health problem or illness that you are not aware of. That is why it is important to act and find a solution for your EDs. You can also consult with a pharmacist, who would be able to offer additional assistance.

What you might have read about erection issues

Erection issues are not discussed as frankly as they should be. That is how misconceptions like this might circulate:

EDs are only a concern for men over the age of 60.

About 60% of men under the age of 40 can deny.

EPs are an indication of your manliness.

That is incorrect. EDs are often associated with health problems that you might be unaware of. If you are having EDs, speak with a pharmacist or schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your health.

EDs have little to do with other medical issues.

In reality, EDs can be caused by problems with your physical or mental health, or even by consuming other medicines.

*Prevalence based on men reporting occasional and frequent difficulty getting or maintaining an erection [ref. Kantar TNS Omnibus Survey Dec 2010 – in a survey of 1033 men].

Erection problems:
a part of life

If you can’t get or keep an erection hard enough for sex, you might have erection problems (EPs). Doctors call this condition erectile dysfunction (ED).

Erection problems can be experienced in different ways. Some men:

  • Don’t get an erection at all
  • Get an erection that isn’t hard enough for sex
  • Get an erection but can’t keep it long enough for sex

For some men with EPs it’s difficult to get or keep an erection every time they try to have sex. For others, EPs can happen every once in a while.

An estimated 4.3 million men in the UK suffer erection problems,* but many of them keep silent and try and ignore the problem – sometimes for years.

There’s no reason to be embarrassed or ashamed about EPs – they can be a part of life, and the good news is that treatments for them – or treatments for erectile dysfunction, as your doctor might refer to them as – can be successful in the majority of cases.

Erection problems and

Erection problems and your state of mind

Life brings a lot of pressures. Work, family, money, time: these are all things that can get on top of you. Even being in love can feel like an obstacle course sometimes. Erection problems (EPs) are often thought of as a physical condition with a physical cause, but even young, fit and healthy men with no underlying health conditions can experience them. Poor mental wellness and psychological factors can play an important role in erection problems by interfering with how the brain signals a physical response – in this case, an erection. EPs caused by psychological triggers should be taken just as seriously as those caused by anything else. The good news is the cause of your EPs can usually be identified, often with the help of a pharmacist or doctor. Some of the psychological issues that can contribute to erection problems include:

Modern life is stressful. Do you work long hours? Worry about money? When you’re stressed it’s hard to leave your worries at the bedroom door.
 

EPs are strongly linked to stress and anxiety. As many as 4 in 10 men with EPs identify stress as the reason for their problems.

Depression and anxiety are the main psychological risk factors for erection problems in young men. 
 

Depression can often lead to a reduced libido. 
 

Around 25% of men with depression might also suffer EPs.

If you suffer from low self-esteem you might have a negative view of yourself and your abilities, and might feel you aren’t capable of satisfying your partner. Low self-esteem can stem from EPs and can also cause more serious EPs.

Nervousness and anxiety about sex can lead to erection problems. This can trigger a vicious cycle of failure, the avoidance of sex, a negative impact on self-esteem, depression and increasing anxiety.

Instability within your relationship can be a cause of erection problems.
 

The anxiety generated by EPs can also result in uneasiness, increased remoteness and arguments within a relationship. Nearly a third of men have reported EPs putting a strain on their relationship.
 

In the case of single men, in one survey 25% of men reported a loss of confidence when dating due to EPs.
 

Find out how to discuss erection problems on the Talking To Your Partner About EPs page.

Things you can do

If you experience any of the these issues, consider the following options:

 

Erection problems and your body

Your overall physical health has an important part to play in your ability to get and keep erections hard enough for sex. After all, a healthy blood flow to the penis is what’s needed most for an erection. There are many different physical conditions and diseases that can affect the blood vessels, muscles and nerves you need to be working properly in order to get an erection. Let’s look at some of the most common of these causes of erection problems (EPs) – or causes of erectile dysfunction (ED), as your doctor might call it:

Modern life is stressful. Do you work long hours? Worry about money? When you’re stressed it’s hard to leave your worries at the bedroom door.
 

EPs are strongly linked to stress and anxiety. As many as 4 in 10 men with EPs identify stress as the reason for their problems.

Depression and anxiety are the main psychological risk factors for erection problems in young men. 
 

Depression can often lead to a reduced libido. 
 

Around 25% of men with depression might also suffer EPs.

If you suffer from low self-esteem you might have a negative view of yourself and your abilities, and might feel you aren’t capable of satisfying your partner. Low self-esteem can stem from EPs and can also cause more serious EPs.

Nervousness and anxiety about sex can lead to erection problems. This can trigger a vicious cycle of failure, the avoidance of sex, a negative impact on self-esteem, depression and increasing anxiety.

Instability within your relationship can be a cause of erection problems.
 

The anxiety generated by EPs can also result in uneasiness, increased remoteness and arguments within a relationship. Nearly a third of men have reported EPs putting a strain on their relationship.
 

In the case of single men, in one survey 25% of men reported a loss of confidence when dating due to EPs.
 

Find out how to discuss erection problems on the Talking To Your Partner About EPs page.

Things you can do

If you experience any of the these issues, consider the following options:

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