Could Your Erectile Dysfunction be Trying to Tell You Something?
Posted Dec 27 2012 2:38am
For many men experiencing the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, the thought of losing their manhood is a crushing blow. Though erectile dysfunction is incredibly common as men age, it's not unusual for men to feel like they are alone with their feelings of inadequacy. It's not uncommon for men to concentrate on erectile dysfunction itself when seeking a diagnosis and treatment plan. For many men, however, erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of a much larger problem. Here's what your erectile dysfunction may be trying to tell you:
1.Low Testosterone Levels
It's a medical fact that the higher a man's testosterone level, the easier it is for him to achieve and maintain an erection. It's also a fact that as a man ages his testosterone levels are naturally decreased. If you are having trouble achieving an erection, you may be experiencing lowering levels of testosterone. Low testosterone, in turn, can signify greater problems: issues with the thyroid or pituitary glands, or problems within the liver. If your doctor explains to you that your testosterone levels are low, you should seek a diagnosis for the hormonal deficiency.
When people with diabetes who don't manage their disease correctly can experience highs and lows in their blood sugar levels. These fluctuations can eventually lead to neuropathy, or nerve damage. Men with neuropathy may experience a tingling or lack of sensation in the hands and feet, but also experience a change in the ability to achieve or maintain an erection. If you are struggling with erectile dysfunction and you are overweight or diabetes runs in your family, you should speak with your doctor about being tested for diabetes.
If you've ever had difficulty achieving an erection after a night of partying, it should come as no surprise to you that men who struggle with alcoholism or drug addiction also struggle with erectile dysfunction. According to the McKinley Health Center in Illinois, alcoholism is the second-most leading cause of erectile dysfunction. If you are a heavy drinker, or you are addicted to narcotics or prescription medications, you may find it difficult, if not impossible, to maintain an erection. Before you seek assistance for your erectile problems, it is highly recommended that you seek help for your addiction.
While erectile dysfunction isn't a prevalent symptom of multiple sclerosis, it is a symptom. If your doctor cannot find a reason for your issues, he may want to look for a more atypical underlying condition. Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the nervous system and can wreak havoc on your sex life. Other symptoms of MS include changes in vision, vertigo, fatigue, speech difficulties and bladder dysfunction. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms coupled with erectile dysfunction, make sure that you communicate these issues with your physician.
While most causes of erectile dysfunction can be attributed to physical health, mental health can also have a very real effect on the proper functioning of the penis. Ten percent of men experiencing erectile dysfunction are fighting depression, anxiety or stress. For men who's root cause is psychological, it's very common to be able to experience an erection at some point, such as when asleep, but not when they want to.
Men attribute great importance to their ability to perform sexually. If you are experiencing the inability to achieve an erection at any time, or often enough that you believe it signifies a problem, don't be too embarrassed to seek the advice of your physician. While your problem could be a simple one, your erectile dysfunction may be trying to clue you in to something more serious taking place inside of your body.