* Erectile Dysfunction – how it is related to infertility, treatment options, symptoms.
Erectile Dysfunction, also known as impotence, is the inability of a man to achieve and sustain an erection in order to have intercourse. Erectile Dysfunction(ED) is common and it is treatable.
If a couple is trying to get pregnant and the male partner is experiencing Erectile Dysfunction, which is causing low sexual desire and performance anxiety, Erectile Dysfunction will only exacerbate infertility problems. If a couple must have sex at a certain time and Erectile Dysfunction is preventing this from happening, the chances of pregnancy occurring decrease even more.
Infertility treatments are a huge stressor for couples emotionally and financially and this stress can lead to a man having performance problems. You may need to have sex even if you don’t want to in order to try and conceive and Erectile Dysfunction makes this virtually impossible. Also, medications you may have to take may make it harder for you to have sex. Emotional vulnerability, performance anxiety, and scheduled intercourse are stressors for a couple trying to conceive and can lead to the male partner experiencing Erectile Dysfunction. Fertility stressors that lead to a man being unable to ejaculate on demand and the pressure to do so is a contributor to ED and infertility.
One of the biggest indicators of ED is the inability of a male to sustain an erection or even have an erection during sexual intercourse. Another symptom of ED occurs occasionally and when this is the case, it is not serious concern. Yet another symptom of Erectile Dysfunction occurs when a male experiences erections in the morning or only when masturbating. At some point in their lives, all males experience this. While alarming and possibly embarrassing, it is very common.
Luckily, ED is treatable and many treatment options exist. These treatment options make it possible for male patients to address infertility problems with their partners as well as have an enjoyable sex life. ED can be treated at any age and the overall health of the patient is addressed immediately when treating the condition.
It is important for patients to discuss any issues they are experiencing with their doctor. That is the first step in getting help for the problem. In some cases, ED can be addressed by making lifestyle changes. Losing weight, decreasing alcohol consumption, and smoking are all changes that can be made to treat Erectile Dysfunction. Medications a patient is taking may be the source of ED and if so, speak with your doctor about changing or decreasing the medications that may be contributing to the problem. If a patient is experiencing Erectile Dysfunction, they also have the option of getting a penis pump, penile implant, or surgery to improve the blood flow to the penis. Psychotherapy and drug therapy are additional options available to patients who want to address and eliminate such problems.