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How Erectile Dysfunction Affects A Man’s Lifestyle

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How Erectile Dysfunction Affects A Man’s Lifestyle

If you ask most men what makes a man, well, a man, you’ll probably get a smirk followed by a typical answer: “How well can you please your girl?” While some might say this is a very shallow and generic answer, most men do measure their “manhood” meter on their performance in bed.

So it doesn’t come as a surprise when the man’s whole worth of self-esteem gets shaken pretty badly when his performance is affected. But the fact is that any man can suffer from erectile dysfunction at some point in his life. It doesn’t make him any less of a man, but it can affect his lifestyle in many ways. Let’s get into the bottom of this, shall we?

Erectile Dysfunction: Causes & Treatment

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is scientifically defined as the inability of a man to get and/or maintain an erection long enough to perform sexually in bed. Out of the 600,000 new cases every year, very few ever seek treatment. And out of those who do find enough courage to seek treatment, they find themselves faced with a lot of products that give a lot of promises to no results at all. If you’re curious for more, see this research: to check out reviews about different ED treating pills and their efficacy. Ever since the patent on Viagra, the original ED treating medicine, a lot of shady products swamped the market and their quality is yet to be tested. 


Despite the big number of cases, 4 out of 5 men suffering from ED never seek treatment. This makes it important to understand what causes erectile dysfunction. There’s a misconception around ED, as most men think that it only hits as you age, and that if it hits early on then there’s something hugely wrong going on with them. There are some other reasons why a man could suffer from ED, such as:

  1. Aging
  2. Heart diseases
  3. Diabetes
  4. Psychological causes such as anxiety, depression, or stress.

How Erectile Dysfunction Affects a Man’s Lifestyle

Without seeking any medical advice, ED can affect a man’s mental and social well being pretty badly. Some of the detrimental effects of ED on a man’s health can be:

  • Lack of Self Confidence

As most men rate each other’s manhood based on their ability to perform in bed, feeling that you can’t level up to those around you can be very stressful. This makes those suffering from ED very insecure, and gradually they start losing self confidence. 

  • Issues that Arise in Intimate Relationships

If feeling their self-worth going down isn’t bad enough, this inability to perform in bed reflects badly on their partners. Many of those suffering from ED are faced with the difficult situation of trying to explain to their partners the root of the problem. Their partners might start thinking that they’re the reason, or they don’t find them attractive anymore. With their backs hard pressed against a tight corner, they’re feeling ashamed, guilty, insecure, and stressed all at once. 

  • Anxiety & Depression

As their self confidence starts shaking and their relationship is put to testing, the levels of stress and anxiety worsen over time. Left to deal with ED and all of its psychological and physical effects alone, many fall victim to depression. 

Dealing with Erectile Dysfunction

As if physical and psychological effects weren’t bad enough, Erectile Dysfunction comes with a lot of social stigma. That’s why most men never seek treatment, which can complicate a condition that can be easily treated with the help of a physician. It’s important to understand that ED can be the result of a stressful lifestyle or it can be a symptom of a more serious disease. Through understanding the causes and treatments of ED, a man can get back control over his life in no time.

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Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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