How to Address Physical and Mental Barriers to Treating Erectile Dysfunction

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Topics we don’t seem to want to talk openly about tend to be something we should be talking about more often than not. One of those topics is erectile dysfunction and understanding it. It’s not something that’s popular in general conversation due to the obvious impulse of embarrassment and frustration around it. It’s not easy to deal with and it can be caused by many different things that make it even more difficult to talk about (Trauma, abuse, old age, etc.)

Yet erectile dysfunction is affecting more and more men, and it’s taking away a necessary human function and pleasure. 

We’ve got enough problems to deal with, right? Erectile dysfunction is something we can overpower; as men, it helps unify us. Erectile dysfunction should be considered one of those diseases with underlying issues that may be the root cause. It isn’t one of those moments to say, “screw it,” and it’ll fix itself.

So we’re going to talk about it, and we’re going to go deep, and we’re going to love it. You’ll then know what to look for, what to do, and ultimately be champions of your own destinies and issues. Sound good? 

Understanding Physical Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Whatever path we’re taking, emotional or physical, that major issue (you know which one) will still be the same. So we’ll put our magnifying glass to the test and look at the physical issues first.

When it comes to physical-based ED, the cause itself can come from a blood flow issue. This can be caused by a lot of different issues ranging from mild to serious. If you want to stay healthy, you should be fighting these issues anyway. We’re talking about any type of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. Being obese doesn’t help, either. Think of those diseases as a blood stoppers. They basically restrict your blood from pumping right, thus not allowing your healthy erection.

While the above are the usual suspects when it comes to physical ED, other issues could also be the culprit too. 

Testosterone is possibly a culprit, so it’s a good idea to run blood work to find out. Although, this is usually not the case, so be wary of any supplements without testing first. 

Obviously, getting hurt in the general area is a no-go, such as the pelvic area, which can cause erectile dysfunction. It could be nerve damage that is caused there, as well as other types of debilitating medical conditions that have the physical body degrade over time, such as multiple sclerosis.

Physical Erectile Dysfunction Caused By An Outside Influence

Everything above is a medical issue. Everything here is going to be about living a healthy lifestyle. Yes, that means eating your greens on top of some other things. Your everyday lifestyle choices are having an effect on your erection health. In addition to that, even if they are not the direct culprit, they can still play a major role in treating your ED properly. 

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Consumption of alcohol excessively or smoking, in general, are the first two to look at. Smoking wrecks the body and also cuts down the flow of blood. It squeezes your cells to pump blood slower, on top of possibly giving you cancer. If you notice too many pints leading to performance issues, take a cut back and see if that helps at all. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol on a regular basis can be a real erection killer. 

Believe it or not, there are also some medicines out there that can cause you to develop ED. Keep in mind that medicine, in general, is meant to help your body, so if you need to cure yourself of a serious ailment through medicine, it’s worth the short-term issues with ED. But we’ve all seen and heard all of the possible side effects of medicine, well for some, it can cause ED. 

In addition to making those lifestyle changes, you should be using some sort of treatment method alongside it. Whether that is using The Phoenix Shockwave Therapy Device, penile implants, medication, or anything else. 

Now let’s touch on some mental erectile dysfunction. 

Understanding Mental Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Here we’re going to put on our psychology hats and look at our overall mental health and well-being.

Stress is a killer. It also can cause erectile dysfunction, which also kills the mood. Stress sucks the life out of us and can be caused by many things out there, whether it’s our job we hate (or our manager) or the fact that everything costs more. Don’t let that stop you from being able to perform at full peak though. Find a way to reduce stress, whether it’s through hobbies or whatever else helps you relax. 

Anxiety can be another showstopper and works similarly to stress. Ironically, being anxious about performance will cause you to have issues with performance or fear of failure. It’s basically you against yourself, and working with a licensed therapist can do wonders for your anxiety in general and get those performance issues out of the way. 

Depression is the opposite. It’s a lack of interest or a lack of care. Your mind is mentally making you uninterested or has you putting no effort into getting that erection. To not want to have sexual relations through depression is not something to be taken lightly either. Working through that with a therapist is going to be your first step towards feeling happy again and also bringing back your sexual function. 

Sometimes it’s the relationship. It could have gotten stale, may be too many arguments about who should wash the dishes or take out the trash. Maybe it’s a confidence issue. Whatever it is, it’s something you, as the man, need to work on. The first step is to start looking at your everyday life and find out what it is that could be affecting your erections or sexual desire. 

Discovering The Type of Erectile Dysfunction You May Have

Always go to a medical professional. We cannot stress this enough. Talk to them. That’s what they are there for. Don’t be ashamed, afraid, or embarrassed to go and talk to your doctor about erectile dysfunction. They also want to help you and not just check your blood pressure and run some blood work. Tell them your issues, and let them test for the physical or mental issues possible. Erectile dysfunction is rooted out through a process of elimination, and you want to be able to get your confidence back, as well as your performance record, back up to par. 

You also may have a combination of both, which means you need to work twice as hard on yourself, such as high blood pressure and anxiety. Remember the end goal, beating out erectile dysfunction.

When it comes to treating erectile dysfunction, kill the root cause. If it’s one of the physical issues, then you need to look at your overall health and work to improve it. Eat healthier, exercise regularly, follow your doctor’s instructions if you have a special cardiovascular issue, and get your blood pumping properly. Quit smoking and drinking to help improve your chances.

There are some types of medication out there that help with the blood flow throughout the body, and that can also help with the blood flow to the penis. Guess what? In the end, you’ll be healthier in general and actually hit those New Year’s resolutions you promised yourself you would do anyway. 

When it’s mentally related, it’s no different; just start with the right therapies. That can include sex therapy, counseling, or even cognitive-behavioral therapy. There’s even specific sex therapy that can be done to help with men who have that mental block causing erectile dysfunction. Get yourself out of the world of erectile dysfunction and live a more positive life. Sometimes ED happens as a warning sign that your body needs to focus on itself. Listen to it, and you’ll see you’ll be much better for it. 

In the end, it’s important to keep the conversation open, judgment-free, and, most importantly, going.