Diagnosis and treatment
The existence of sexual dysfunctions in one of the partners negatively impacts the quality of life of both components.
When problems of erection and lack of desire appear in men, the couple is usually the first to notice. However, few men dare to address the issue openly, due to fear, guilt and stress that causes them to “fail” during sexual intercourse, and adopt a false posture of disinterest towards sexuality, which generates differences and, often, the deterioration of the relationship.
And it is precisely at that moment when the couple must act to propitiate the approach of the problem with naturalness, through a fluid communication. In a recent study, involving 512 men who had experienced erection problems at some point, only 20% of them sought a solution. In addition, it takes an average of 1.7 years for man to consult with the doctor about his erection difficulties. One in 3 men who attended the doctor did so because of their partners, which reveals the decisive role of the doctor in the visit to the doctor and, therefore, in the diagnosis and timely treatment of the problems of erection and testosterone deficiency. man.
Erectile dysfunction is often irrefutably associated with age, when in reality it can be a sign that there are other aspects of male general health that are not working as they should.
The couple should not only encourage the search for medical assistance in these cases: it is essential to make the man understand that sexual dysfunctions can often be motivated by other health problems that must be treated in time, especially those related to cardiovascular health.
Similarly, it is estimated that about half of men who experience sexual problems interrupt the medication, hence the couple’s support is crucial in the adherence (compliance) to treatment.
As a couple, what signals should give the alarm:
Changes in regular sexual activity. If the inability to maintain an erection is no longer a punctual event or if you notice that there is less sexual desire or even difficulty reaching orgasm.
Disturbance of the mood. Being irritable, anxious or depressed in a habitual way can be an unconscious reaction to evade the real problem.
Other health problems Obesity and diabetes, loss of vitality and even lack of concentration can be related to sexual dysfunctions.
How to help?
In addition to inviting your partner to talk about this issue, avoiding negative judgments, it is important that you suggest the search for reliable information on sexual health, since accepting that your dysfunction may be masking other health problems could be the first step for be encouraged to consult your doctor and prepare that first visit.
Medications that interact with ED
A really unwanted adverse effect
Did you know that in 1 of every 4 cases of erectile dysfunction the origin is in the taking of a pharmacological treatment?
There are many medications that can affect male sexuality, especially in chronic patients who must receive medication for long periods of time.
What medications can alter erectile function?
Antidepressants, antihypertensives, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, antiarrhythmics, anxiolytics, lipid-lowering agents and anti-ulcers are among the families of drugs that can have a negative impact on erectile function.
On many occasions, men are unaware of this direct relationship between the drug and its sexual function, and it often takes a long time before they decide to consult their doctor; while others – when aware of this reality – tend to abandon treatment to prevent their sexuality from being affected.
What should I do if I take one of these medications and suspect that it may be altering my erectile function?
The solution is to look for a multidisciplinary approach to the problem, which allows the patient to continue with their medication to treat the chronic disease they suffer and not put their health at risk, while enjoying a sex life as pleasant as possible; in this sense, there are options that can range from a change in medication to the reduction of doses, so please check with your doctor if you think your dysfunction may be related to the consumption of certain drugs. Together you can find the best alternative to solve your situation.