Approximately 18 million men in the US are estimated to be living with ED. But, men often don’t talk openly about Erectile Dysfunction (ED) despite its prevalence, and despite its potential link to serious health issues.

So why don’t men talk about it? One factor is that men can be reluctant because they feel a certain sense of embarrassment, shame or, perhaps worst of all, a loss of masculinity associated with the condition. This couldn’t be further from reality.

There is also a general lack of societal normalization regarding discussion of men’s sexual health which can make it seem “taboo” and can inhibit open conversations, amongst friends, partners and even with medical practitioners.

Additionally, there can be a fear of being stigmatized, feelings of inadequacy, and concerns about impacting relationships, which also deter men from addressing ED openly.

So why are we fighting for change, and why should men seek treatment for ED?

  • Firstly, ED can be a sign of other underlying health conditions, such as suboptimal hormone health, heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, which can be serious and require medical attention. By seeking treatment for ED, men can also reduce their risk of developing these conditions or manage them effectively if they already have them.
  • Secondly, ED can have a significant impact on a man’s quality of life, relationships, and mental health. It can cause stress, anxiety, and depression, and can lead to relationship problems and a decrease in sexual satisfaction. In fact, medical conditions are among the top reasons for sexual dissatisfaction in relationships, though one or both partners might not even be aware that’s the case.
  • Thirdly, there are many effective treatment options available for ED, including medications, lifestyle changes, and therapies. These treatments can help improve sexual function and overall health, and can be tailored to each individual’s needs and preferences.
  • Lastly, seeking treatment for ED can help break down the stigma and embarrassment associated with the condition. While you don’t have to be a champion for the cause if you don’t feel comfortable talking with others about these topics, at least be a champion for yourself. We encourage men to at least talk openly with their partners and healthcare providers, so they can take control of their sexual health and, at the same time, improve their overall confidence and well-being.

Want to learn about the therapies we have for men looking to improve sexual performance and satisfaction? Schedule your free, confidential consultation with one of our men’s sexual health experts today.