For many men, erectile dysfunction (ED) is a real concern. In fact, it affects roughly 10% of men younger than 50 and more than half of men over 70. It can cause embarrassment, stress, anxiety and downright frustration – but it doesn’t have to mean the end of your sex life.
Many couples dealing with erectile dysfunction have found ways to get past the issue in the bedroom, and, in many cases, improve their sex lives.
Consider what might be causing your Erectile Dysfunction Issues
Erectile dysfunction is when you have trouble getting or keeping an erection. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just a part of getting older. While many men may need more stimulation as they age, they can still get an erection and enjoy sex. There are many other reasons why it is difficult for some men to get and sustain an erection:
- High blood pressure
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- Problems in the relationship
- Sleep disorders
- Alcohol and tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Other underlying conditions
Maintaining a normal sex life with ED
If you’re concerned about erectile dysfunction and how it’s affecting your sex life, your relationship, or your health, talk to your doctor first. Your doctor may suggest medication or other treatments, such as couples’ counseling or psychotherapy. Sometimes treating an underlying medical condition is enough to remedy the issue. But there are also some things you and your partner can do together that can have a big impact in the bedroom.
Another good first step is to open the lines of communication with your partner. While it might be difficult (and uncomfortable), the single most important thing you can do to improve your sexual relationship is to communicate with your partner, especially if there’s an issue. It takes two to work out a solution or come up with ideas to manage the situation.
The best way to deal with symptoms of erectile dysfunction is to make healthy lifestyle choices and work to manage any existing health conditions. Once you and your healthcare provider determine the possible causes of your erectile difficulties, consider helping your physical symptoms through penile exercises and vacuum pumps that can help restore sexual function and improve erectile difficulties.
When used, vacuum pumps create a vacuum around the penis, quickly drawing in blood, resulting in an erection. VaxAid delivers more vacuum power than other pumps, with many users reporting that this leads to quicker (and longer lasting) erections.
Maintaining a normal sex life with ED can feel difficult, but fortunately there is a wide variety of options that can help; from changing your everyday habits to exercising and using a vacuum pump. To learn more about Vaxaid’s vacuum pump options, visit our shop or our FAQ section.