While it may seem like an embarrassing subject, Erectile Dysfunction is more common than you think. In fact, ED is one of the most commonly reported sexual health problem among men in Singapore.
According to Dr Lo Ying Tai, at least 50% of men in Singapore have experienced ED at some point in their lives.
Given how common ED is in Singapore, it’s time that we start discussing ED more openly! Learn more about the common causes of erection problems as well as how we can treat ED.
Common causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction may occur due to a mix of both physical and mental reasons. Although ED may seem like a problem that would plague older men, ED can also happen to younger males. Apart from age, common causes of ED include:
- Underlying chronic health conditions
- Mental health stressors
How to Prevent and Treat Erectile Dysfunction
#1: Switching Medication
Erectile dysfunction can be a side effect of using certain types of medication, such as beta-blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure, antidepressants, and antihistamines.
If you find that your libido has dropped since going on medication, speak to your doctor about switching or adjusting your medication dosage. Never stop medication on your own without a doctor’s advice as it may be life-threatening to do so!
#2: Managing Chronic Diseases
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol can damage the tiny blood vessels that supply blood to the penis. This decreases your ability to hold an erection, which leads to ED.
Speak to your doctor about how you can manage your chronic condition. This may include going on medication that directly treats your chronic condition or making healthy lifestyle changes to manage your health status.
#3: Learning to cope with Mental Stressors
Stress can arise from various sources, such as work, relationships issues or financial woes. When the body is under stress, cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone”, is produced in favour of testosterone. This causes a drop in testosterone level, which in turn results in a lack of sexual desire.
Make time for self-care activities and incorporate good mental health habits to manage your stress better. Rather than bottling up your emotions, speak to someone who might be able to help. For example, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by work, talk to a superior who might be able to help you manage your responsibilities at work.
Should you need additional support, consider seeking professional help, such as speaking to a certified sychologist or counsellor on the DA app.
Seek ED Treatment Today
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