Ignoring Erectile Dysfunction Can Be Risky

Some say ignorance is bliss; but, when you choose to ignore physical symptoms, such as erectile dysfunction, you can put your health at risk.

to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 30 million men in the U.S. have the inability to get or to keep an erection. Many men worry about the social stigma associated with erectile dysfunction, and this interferes with their ability to find a treatment.

In the past, researchers from Riverfrontimes found that most men, especially young men, did not seek treatment, and when they finally did seek help it was due to their yearning to have sex, according to a 2005 report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine called “Attitudes of Men with Erectile Dysfunction: A Cross-National Survey.”

A new set of scientists wanted to understand the psychological and behavioral aspects associated with ED from men located in certain areas of the world. They used The Cross-National Survey that was conducted in 2000 for some analysis. The survey questioned men between 20 and 75 years old from the U.S., the United Kingdom and other European countries about their attitudes, behavior and more.

Men from all countries in the survey felt sad not just for themselves, but also for their partners, they wanted to know they were capable of having sex and they would do “nearly anything” for a cure. They also found that their doctor was the best source of information regarding their sexual issues.However, many men avoid going to the doctor. In a recent survey, 52 percent of men say they usually wait until something needs to be “fixed.”

According to the 2012 survey by Abbott, which develops pharmaceuticals and medical products, prolonged, severe pain, such as bleeding vomiting or itching, is considered the breaking point at which 63 percent of the men would decide that it was time to see a doctor. Most of the 2,000 men questioned shared a fear of doctors saying the doctors made them nervous or anxious.

Delaying visits to the doctor’s office is a game of Russian roulette that can lead to serious consequences. The inability of maintaining an erection can be a symptom of an undiagnosed underlying problem, such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

When you visit your primary physician’s office, your doctor will likely review your medical history, conduct a sexual health questionnaire and check your blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels in order to arrive at a diagnose. A visit to a urologist involves a full work up with more specialized tests, such as a penile ultrasound, a nocturnal penile tumescence test and hormonal tests.

Don’t present yourself with additional health risks by ignoring ED. Visit your doctor, safeguard your health and learn about the number of treatments that can help you enjoy your sex life.