Erectile dysfunction: how to cope

Top tips to help you live with ED


The best way to cope with erectile dysfunction (ED) is to try to overcome it. In order to overcome ED, you need to consider the cause of your ED. ED can be physical or psychological. Physical ED, usually affects older men, whereas psychological ED, usually affects younger men. Physical ED is often caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight, or by injury to the nerves or blood vessels involved in an erection. Excessive cycling is a common cause of injury to this area. Psychological ED is often related to performance anxiety but can have other causes as well. Performance anxiety is when you experience anxiety relating to sex. This can include worries about sexual performance, satisfying your partner, sexual health, pregnancy, body image, self-consciousness and self-esteem. If you are not sure of the most likely cause of your ED, a doctor should be able to help you get to the root of the problem. It is also possible to experience ED as a side effect of a medication you are taking. If you believe this to be the case, you should speak to your doctor about alternative treatments.

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When you have identified the likely cause of your ED, you can start to take steps to overcome it. For psychological ED, it may be helpful to speak to a counsellor, CBT therapist, psychologist or sex therapist about your issues. But there are also self-help tools available online that may be beneficial. For ED with a physical cause, you can take steps to improve your health. Eating more healthily, doing more exercise and losing weight may help alleviate your symptoms. Alternatively, a doctor may be able to help you by prescribing you medications to treat your underlying problems. ED medications such as Viagra (Sildenafil), Levitra (Vardenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil) and Spedra (Avanafil), can be used to treat psychological and physical ED.


But coping with ED is not all about treating the problem. ED can seriously affect your self-esteem and many men experience mental health issues relating to their ED. It is estimated that 52% of men experience ED, with 40% of 40-year-old men and 70% of 70-year-old men experiencing ED. ED is something that is experienced by many men, especially as they age, although it is thought that as many as 1 in 4 men under 40 may also experience ED. ED is not something you need to feel ashamed of, and there are treatments available to help you.


It can feel very difficult to talk about ED with your partner. But the best option is to communicate openly about it. You can discuss the causes and treatment options. You may need to reassure your partner, that they are not to blame for your ED, and that it is a symptom of an underlying mental or physical health condition or a medication side effect. In addition, by talking to your partner about your ED, you may be able to find other ways to enjoy a sex life together in the meantime. If your ED is psychological, your partner may be able to help you alleviate your anxieties. But whatever the cause of your ED, it is important that you remember that not all sex involves penetration. Using your mouth, hands of sex toys can help you to satisfy your partner even if you don’t have an erection. Some men are also able to orgasm without an erection, so that could be another option for you and your partner to explore.

ED can be difficult to cope with, but with the support of a doctor and your partner, you can find ways to deal with and treat your ED.

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