Guys may like to brag about their sexual exploits, but mention “erectile dysfunction” and you’re likely to be greeted with nervous laughter, or awkward silence. It’s not a topic most men want to discuss, yet an open conversation is the first step in finding a solution.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
The occasional difficulty in getting or keeping an erection is normal. It’s only a problem when you’re regularly having difficulty — to the extent that you’re purposefully avoiding contact with your partner for fear that you’ll have trouble satisfying them in the bedroom.
Erectile dysfunction takes many forms. Some guys with ED are unable to achieve an erection under any circumstances, while others can occasionally become erect. You can also suffer from ED if you have no trouble getting an erection, but can’t consistently sustain an erection sufficient for satisfying sexual intercourse.
Having ED doesn’t mean that you’re infertile. The majority of guys with erectile dysfunction are still physically capable of having an orgasm and fathering a child. It’s just that these things are difficult to do when you can’t consistently achieve and maintain an erection.
What Causes ED?
To start with, ED is NOT in your head. You can’t simply will yourself to get an erection, no matter how much you try. Studies show over 80% of ED cases are caused by a treatable physical disorder. Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are common causes. Even a perfectly healthy man can develop ED after a brain or spinal cord injury. ED can be a side effect of certain medications, too. Read more on our Causes of ED page.
ED Treatment Options
Since no two men are alike, the best ED treatment plan will depend on what’s causing your problem. That’s why you need to put aside your embarrassment and make an appointment to visit with see a qualified doctor who specializes in helping guys get back to enjoying their time with their spouses or partners to the fullest. You’ll be relieved to talk to someone who understands and has solutions.
Pills such as Viagra® are the most common ED treatment, but they don’t work for everyone. Some guys find they cause bothersome headaches or persistent stomach troubles. Some have serious side effects such as chest pain and vision or hearing changes. Others don’t respond to the medication at all. And still others don’t like having to wait for the pill to take effect.
When pills don’t work, an ED implant offers hope. Penile implants are custom-fitted devices that are surgically implanted to allow you to obtain an erection when desired. They are undetectable to the naked eye, so no one will know you have one unless you tell them. The Titan® penile implant from Coloplast produces a totally natural, controlled and spontaneous erection that will restore your confidence, relationships and pleasure.
ED Affects Partners Too
Men aren’t the only ones who suffer with ED. Spouses and partners experience their own emotional challenges. They often feel rejected or blame themselves for the toll ED takes on their relationship.
If you’re a woman whose partner who is struggling with ED treatment, you can talk to someone who knows exactly what you’re going through — and can help. The Coloplast Partner Support Network offers a free, confidential connection with the spouses or partners of men who’ve been treated with a penile implant. They will listen to your questions and concerns, and share their own knowledge and experiences of how to keep your relationship strong during this challenging time.