Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a men’s health condition that affects your ability to get and keep an erection during sex. It’s extremely common, and an estimated 30 million American men have it.
It’s normal to have problems in the bedroom every now and then — but if you find yourself struggling to get an erection more often than not, it could be ED. It can happen to any man, and it gets more common as you get older.
Daniel Moghadam, MD specializes in men’s health, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for men with ED. Going to the doctor for ED might seem embarrassing, but you deserve a healthy, fulfilling sex life and treatment at Modern Aesthetica can help you get there.
If you’re worried you might have ED, it’s time to learn more about the five most common signs.
1. Unsatisfactory erections
The number one sign of ED is difficulty getting and keeping an erection that’s strong enough for sexual intercourse.
When you’re not sexually aroused, your penis is soft. But when you get aroused, your body releases chemicals that increase blood flow to your penis and make it hard.
If you have ED, your penis doesn’t get enough blood to become firm. You might notice that you have trouble getting aroused and developing an erection, or you might find that your erection is too soft for penetrative sex even if you are aroused.
2. Inability to orgasm
Soft erections make sex difficult or impossible. That’s why many men with ED also experience the inability to ejaculate. Difficulty getting aroused and maintaining an erection work together during sexual encounters to make it unlikely that you’ll reach orgasm.
ED can also make you lose your erection during sex. You might get an erection that’s firm enough for sex, but it becomes soft again before you ejaculate.
3. Low sex drive
Sexual arousal involves a complex blend of physical and mental factors. Everyone has a different sex drive, but consistently having trouble getting and maintaining an erection can make your sex drive drop.
If you know you have a hard time getting erections, the emotional stress can affect your interest in sex. In addition, low testosterone (a common cause of ED) can also cause low sex drive.
4. Low self-esteem
Your sex life is an important part of your identity. Dealing with problems in the bedroom can negatively affect your sense of self. Men with ED may be more likely to experience low self-esteem and even depression.
Many men find that ED also puts strain on their relationship with their significant other. In addition to feeling embarrassed about your performance, you might find yourself feeling disconnected or angry with your partner.
5. Underlying health conditions
One of the biggest causes of ED is simply getting older, but there are a number of other health conditions that could be causing your symptoms. Your risk of ED could be higher if you have an underlying health condition like:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
If you have one or more of these health conditions and you’ve noticed a change in your sexual performance, it could mean you have ED.
ED can impact your self-esteem, relationship with your partner, and your quality of life — but you don’t have to accept it. Dr. Moghadam offers comprehensive men’s health evaluations and treatment options for ED.
Revitalize your sex life with men’s health care at Modern Aesthetica. Call our office at 310-975-3918 or send us a message online to get started.