Millions of men across the globe are affected by ED or erectile dysfunction. More than half of men in the US are affected by it at some point in their life.
It’s common for men to ask if erectile dysfunction (impotence) is normal, and the answer to that is that it’s not rare for a man to have some problems with erections from time to time. While experts agree that ED is common, they also acknowledge that the risk of developing ED increases with age, particularly in men over the age of 40.
A study found that while 52 percent of men experience some form of ED, erectile dysfunction increases from about 5 to 15 percent between ages 40 and 70. It’s important to understand that ED is progressive. Health experts say that erectile dysfunction that happens routinely with sex is not normal and should be treated.
More concerning, most men do not know that ED can be a symptom of a more serious health issue. ED may be a major warning sign of cardiovascular disease indicating blockages are building in a man’s vascular system. Urologists say some studies have shown men with ED are at significant risk of experiencing a heart attack, stroke or circulatory problems in the legs.
Erectile dysfunction is not only an older man’s issue. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine concluded that approximately one out of four, or 26 percent of men under the age of 40, also suffer from ED disorder.
However, not all men who suffer an ED disorder are suffering from health issues. Others have found that emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts and general stress can also be causes of ED.
So, the question left is can erectile dysfunction be cured? Since ED or impotence can also be caused by emotional factors, it’s important to speak with your urologist. He or she will be able to better understand your condition and prescribe a treatment that may include oral medications, testosterone therapy, vacuum pump treatment or even talk therapy if stress is the cause of the problem.