Facts about Erectile Dysfunction

Published on Jun 15, 2022 | 10:51 AM

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Erectile dysfunction is a common condition characterized by the consistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. It can result from various physical or psychological factors and tends to become more prevalent with age, but effective treatments are available, ranging from lifestyle changes to medications or other medical interventions.

Is Erectile Dysfunction Common?

In short answer, yes. In fact, one in five men between the ages of 18-59 experience erectile dysfunction and it is estimated that mild or moderate ED affects 10% more men each decade of life (40% of men in their 40s, 50% of men in their 50s, 60% of men in their 60s) however it is not a cause or related to aging.

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to have or maintain an erection that is firm enough or lasts long enough for enjoyable sexual intercourse and can be a long-term or short-term condition.

Those affected by ED can fall into four different categories: you can get an erection but not every time you want to have sex, you can get an erection but it does not last as long as needed, you can get an erection but it is not firm enough for sex, or you are unable to get an erection at all.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

There are are few different causes of ED, however note that erectile dysfunction is not a cause of aging and could be a sign of a more serious health related issue. Factors affecting your blood circulation or nerves can play a role in your ED, or it could relate to various causes ranging from thyroid, metabolism or even mental health issues.

Other medical conditions can also contribute to erectile dysfunction such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Certain types of medications like antidepressants, blood pressure tablets, appetite suppressants and others can also be the cause of erectile dysfunction. **It is important to always speak with a doctor before stopping any current prescriptions or starting any new medications.

Psychological components such as stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem issues or fear of failure could also trigger erectile dysfunction. Factors relating to your overall health may even be a cause, including smoking, unhealthy diet or weight, alcohol or drug use.

No matter if ED is something new or has been a long-term issue, it is best to consult with a doctor to see what could be causing your ED, as well as discuss treatment options and next steps.

How Long Will My Erectile Dysfunction Last?

There is no set time period that ED can last or be treated as it depends on the cause of ED. It could be a short-term condition caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits that goes away with a few changes changes or result from improvement of your emotional wellbeing with counseling. Erectile dysfunction can also be a longer lasting condition which needs monitoring from a primary care physician. No matter the cause or time if duration, ED can be successfully and safely treated in multiple ways.

What Are Some Treatment Options for ED?

There are several types of prescription options that can help treat erectile dysfunction, all oral medications for ED work to relax the muscles and increase blood flow to the penis. It is important to note that some medications should not be taken with erectile dysfunction prescriptions as they can cause dizziness, blood pressure drop, or other health-related risks. You should always talk to a physician to see which prescription would be the best option for you.

Other treatments that do not require a prescription include:
     >Lifestyle changes
     >Diet or exercise
     >Reduce or quit smoking, alcohol intake or drug use
     >Emotional wellbeing changes (counseling or psychiatry related)
     >Injectable medications
     >Vacuum or pumps
     >Surgery (a last resort, but available)

How Can CallonDoc Help With My ED?

CallonDoc is available for online consultations for erectile dysfunction and offers the lowest cost prescription treatment for less than $1/pill. Our doctors can provide a one-time order for Tadalafil, Sildenafil, Viagra or Cialis for $39.99 with your prescription to your local pharmacy in 1-2 hours (patients can use their insurance for their prescription costs). We also include coupons for up to 80% off prescriptions and a free follow-up visit with every consultation. You can choose a subscription plan for ED for as little as $25/month with medication included and delivered discreetly to your home. If you consult with a doctor and other conditions might be the cause of your erectile dysfunction, CallonDoc is available for other men’s health related conditions and offer lab testing (in-person and at-home tests) to help with your diagnosis. Get started here.

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Wayne C. Hahne,

English graduate and Call-On-Doc’s medical resource guide, Wayne C. Hahne is an experienced and passionate medical education content expert. Through diligent research, provider interviews and utilizing the industry's leading resources for wellness information, it is Mr. Hahne’s personal mission to educate the general public on medical conditions with in-depth and easy-to-understand written guides.

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Leading to difficulty having sex, erectile dysfunction is a common condition in the United States, with over 30 million men affected. (1) Commonly shortened to ED, the condition is defined by the lack of ability to develop or keep an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. While many people believe that ED is associated with aging, there are many underlying factors that contribute to erectile dysfunction that are not related to age. 

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