Are erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation related?

Erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation are related

The short answer is, “Yes, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation are related.”
Although the more well-known symptoms of ED include the inability to have an erection, the disease is more complicated than that.
According to Johns Hopkins University, estimates are that by 2025, ED worldwide will affect nearly 300 million men, and many still do not understand the disease properly. This disease in itself is intricate in its potential causes and symptoms; we will answer some of the most common questions regarding ED.

What is ED?

Erectile dysfunction is defined as the consistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse. There are two main types, each with its own set of causes and treatments.

Organic ED
Organic ED pertains to the dysfunction of the arteries or veins that supply blood to the penis. Some of the causes of organic ED include:

- Atherosclerosis. The hardening of the arteries, usually due to smoking, excessive drinking and an unhealthy diet. Atherosclerosis is generally associated with older males that are overweight and can often be treated with a change in lifestyle and medication. ED is often seen as an early symptom of atherosclerosis, as it can affect penile function before it progresses to affect the heart.

People with diabetes are at higher risk of atherosclerosis, as well as neurological dysfunctions that can affect penile function.
- Atrophy and fibrosis. This includes the complete wasting of tissue (atrophy) or the growth of excess smooth muscle tissue (fibrosis) that affects the venous function in the penis. Also considered an early symptom of atherosclerosis.
- Depression
- Neurological problems can affect penile function through nerve damage due to injury, diabetes or alcohol abuse.
- Hormonal imbalances. These imbalances can be caused by the hormonal treatment of prostate cancer, or imbalanced introduced through disease or steroidal supplements.
- Medicinal side effects. Anti-depressants, glaucoma eye drops and even chemotherapy can have ED as a side effect.

If you have questions about any of the symptoms listed above, get assessed today and a health professional will review your application.

What is Premature ejaculation (PE?)

It is defined as uncontrolled early ejaculation that occurs either before or within 1 minute of vaginal penetration, in all or most sexual encounters. This is usually accompanied by negative personal costs such as stress, annoyance and eventually, the evasion of sexual intimacy. PE can either be classified as lifelong PE, acquired PE or performance anxiety.

Lifelong PE pertains to individuals who have always struggled with PE in sexual performance, whereas acquired PE applies to men who have had normal sexual function until a certain point, after which they have developed PE. Finally, performance anxiety is related to stressful circumstances and is considered a psychological form of ED.

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Get assessed today.

Based on your diagnosis, a doctor will prescribe treatments that may include a combination of lifestyle changes, medicine, relaxation techniques or surgical intervention.

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