What is ED?
Erectile Dysfunction, also known as ED or Impotence, is a common condition that affects your ability to get or maintain an erection long or firm enough for intercourse.
Nothing to be ashamed of
Did you know that ED is the most common sexual dysfunction that patients visit their doctors for? A recent study has shown that about one-third of all men globally are affected by ED (Gerbild, Larsen, Graugaard and Areskoug Josefsson, 2018). At home, a 2003 study found that 51.3% of Singaporean males above the age of 30 experience some form of ED (Tan et al., 2003).
A study done by the Department of Urology at the University of Wisconsin found that mild and moderate ED affects approximately 10% of men per decade (i.e. 50% of men in their 50s, 60% of men in their 60s.) This increasing probability has to do with the fact that illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and vascular diseases tend to be more present in older men and as older men age, they also need more arousal and stimulation to get an erection (Chung, 2019).
So what causes ED?
ED can be caused by physiological or psychological reasons. In some cases, it is a mix of both. Some of the common physiological causes are health-related issues such as aging, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity. Common psychological causes are depression, anxiety and stress.
According to Harvard Health, ED is often an early warning sign of heart disease. This is especially critical in younger men because it usually means that they are at a higher relative risk of developing cardiovascular problems because the risk of them getting ED due to age is very low (Rastrelli and Maggi, 2017).
Do I have ED?
Occasionally, it is normal if you are unable to get or maintain an erection. There is no need to be concerned as it could be due to the consumption of certain drugs, having too much alcohol, anxiety, feeling stressed or even just exhaustion. However, if you experience this more than half the time you have intercourse or that it affects your relationship or well-being, then you should consult a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. At Noah, this can be done in a matter of minutes.
What is the best treatment available in Singapore?
ED treatment is not one-size-fits-all. Different causes would lead to different treatments. Sometimes, the cause of ED is an underlying health issue and fixing that very issue can directly treat ED. Therefore, it is best to consult a doctor to find out what your cause is and the best treatment for you.
- Gerbild, H., Larsen, C., Graugaard, C. and Areskoug Josefsson, K., 2018. Physical Activity to Improve Erectile Function: A Systematic Review of Intervention Studies. Sexual Medicine, 6(2), pp.75-89.
- Chung, E., 2019. Sexuality in Ageing Male: Review of Pathophysiology and Treatment Strategies for Various Male Sexual Dysfunctions. Medical Sciences, 7(10), p.98.
- Rastrelli, G. and Maggi, M., 2017. Erectile dysfunction in fit and healthy young men: psychological or pathological?. Translational Andrology and Urology, 6(1), pp.79-90.
- Tan, J., Hong, C., Png, D., Liew, L. and Wong, M., 2003. Erectile dysfunction in Singapore: prevalence and its associated factors–a population-based study. Singapore Medical Journal, 44(1).
- Staff, H., 2020. Erectile Dysfunction Often A Warning Sign Of Heart Disease – Harvard Health Blog. [online] Harvard Health Blog. Available at: <https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/erectile-dysfunction-often-a-warning-sign-of-heart-disease-201110243648> [Accessed 14 July 2020].