Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to get a good enough erection to achieve satisfactory intercourse. ED is very common and can occur for a variety of reasons. In younger men, this tends to be anxiety about having intercourse due to lack of experience.
In men around their 50s, it is more to do with working too many hours and stress. In men in their 70s, it becomes more of a problem due to deterioration in the blood vessels which supply the penis.
There are a number of conditions, which can also lead to ED:
- Diabetes can cause damage to the nervous system, which is part of the process of getting an erection. One in three men who suffer with diabetes will experience ED
- High blood pressure can lead to the deterioration of the blood vessels
- Being overweight
- Some prescription drugs can cause ED as a side effect
If you think you are suffering from ED, speak to your Pharmacist or your GP. There are prescription medicines, which can help.
There are various types of contraception available to avoid pregnancy:
- Ovulation preventing (contraceptive pill, injections, implants and patches)
- Physically preventing the sperm from reaching the egg (diaphragm, female and male condoms).
- Intrauterine Devices (IUD), which is inserted into the womb by a GP and stops the egg from implanting in the womb.
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