Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Erectile dysfunction or Impotence, can be caused by ‘Psychological factors’, ‘Physical factors’, or a ‘combination of both’, and can have a major impact on their a man’s emotional well-being.  Common effects of ED can include:

–  A man may feel a loss of manhood,
–  Embarrassment, frustration, Anger
–  A loss of confidence/low self-esteem,
–  Difficulties in relationship or sexual encounters.

Erectile Dysfunction can be extremely difficult for men to discuss even knowing that it can be treatable.  Dave Wells provides a confidential and respecting service, supported by specialised skills in sexual health and relationship issues. Addressing ED can require individual and/or couple’s counselling, dependent on the man’s situation

Dave Wells recognizes the importance of providing support for partners of men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction, since we understand when in a relationship this often becomes a couple’s issue. When in a relationship, a co-operative couple will benefit more from treatment.

For the independent man, ED can greatly interfere with meeting partners, effect his personal view of himself, and his sexual confidence.  ED and its effects isn’t something that men have to live with, although treatment can be made much more complicated when ED is a result of a medical condition, e.g. Prostate Cancer, etc.

A Gradual Problem

Men with cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke), hypertension (high blood pressure), or atherosclerosis (narrowed arteries) may notice slow but continuing change in being able to achieve or maintain an erection. The same process, which can cause cardiovascular disease and linked conditions, also affects the penis. When arteries in the general circulation become blocked, this restricts blood flow to the heart and can cause heart disease. When arteries in the penis become blocked, blood flow to the penis is restricted, which is necessary for an erection.

In general, morning and night-time erections, without any form of sexual encouragement, are a sign of everything working normally. With a ‘gradual’ type of erection problem. It is common for natural morning and night-time erections to become increasingly uncommon.

A Sudden Problem

Men with erection problems of a more emotional cause can often pin-point the very first time it happened. It may be linked to a particular event (or run of events) in their life – such as being made redundant, a divorse/separation, bereavement, or an operation (such as prostate).

Morning and night-time erections usually still occur, and the problem gaining an erection may only happen sometimes.

An Occasional Problem

Very few men go through life without now and again having a problem with erections. Drinking too much alcohol, stress, anxiety, and loss of confidence can be the cause of an occasional problem.

A poor lifestyle including unhealthy eating, smoking, recreational drug use, and a lack of exercise are also common causes of erection problems.

In most cases ED is psychological in nature.