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Erectile dysfunction or male impotence is an old and ever-present problem in male sexual life. Even if it may come as a surprise, almost all men have problems with sexual function at some point of their life. However, this is typically something that most men keep as the most guided secret. It is emotionally very hard for them to speak about this condition and try to get positive feedback and solutions from their partners or close friends. But if only this could change and if only men felt more comfortable to share their experiences with impotence with others, every single one of them would be very much surprised to hear how common this problem is.

How common it is?

Erectile dysfunction, the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse, is a problem that affects men of all ages. The risk increases with age, but erectile dysfunction is also very common among young men, as it often occurs as a result of performance anxiety. Men can feel a lot of tension before and during the sexual intercourse, as they may fear the intercourse may not last long enough, they won’t be able to satisfy their partners or simply feel worried, confused and inadequate. Performance anxiety is one of the most common causes of male impotence, but it also affects women. This sexual problem is caused by severe anxiety when it comes to engaging in sexual activity. The relationships may deteriorate because of this problem, and it can eventually lead to low self-esteem and sexual dysfunction. About 5% of men at their age of 40 are affected with erectile dysfunction. Only 15 years later, in 65-year-old men, the incidence of male impotence rises to 15% and 25%. It’s been estimated that 30 million American men are impotent at any given time.

How to deal with it?

Even though it often seems to be a huge problem, erectile dysfunction is relatively easy to manage using a lot of successful treatment options available today. Many men will find their erectile dysfunction is reversible with stress reduction techniques. Other simple lifestyle changes include quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Men are often advised to exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes, preferably on most days of the week. Medical treatment includes hormone therapy and various erectile dysfunction drugs such as Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra. A vacuum constriction device can also be used. This is a special device, an external pump that a man with erectile dysfunction can use to get and maintain an erection.

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