Men’s health – Treating erectile dysfunction

Nov 18, 2020 | Jennifer O'Hara | @jenohara | Comments (5)

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When it comes to medical care, men are less likely to seek care than women. While men may typically avoid seeing their health care provider, some problems often prompt them to take action.

One complaint that can bring men to the doctor's office is erectile dysfunction, which is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. Since erectile dysfunction also can be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment, and it is a risk factor for heart disease, it is important for men to talk to their health care provider.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Sevann Helo, a Mayo Clinic urologist, discusses men's sexual health and treatments for erectile dysfunction, as well as male infertility.

To practice safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, this interview was conducted using video conferencing. The sound and video quality are representative of the technology used.

Connect with others talking about men's health and supporting one another in the Men's Health support group.

DR Halo kind of implied that ED is just a blood flow/health issue. There are a hundred other things that affect a man's ability to get and maintain an erection. First, and possibly the most important aspect he has to be aroused mentally. Just because he would like to have sex if his mind doesn't form some sort of erotic thought it might not happen.
Medications can kill the ability to get an erection and orgasm.
Body image both male and female
Stress at work and in the home.
Depression
The anticipation of failure to perform
Criticism
Mental, mental, mental, all it takes is one little thing to trip us up.

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@mazeppabob

DR Halo kind of implied that ED is just a blood flow/health issue. There are a hundred other things that affect a man's ability to get and maintain an erection. First, and possibly the most important aspect he has to be aroused mentally. Just because he would like to have sex if his mind doesn't form some sort of erotic thought it might not happen.
Medications can kill the ability to get an erection and orgasm.
Body image both male and female
Stress at work and in the home.
Depression
The anticipation of failure to perform
Criticism
Mental, mental, mental, all it takes is one little thing to trip us up.

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So true! The last comment about mental sums it up!

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@mazeppabob and @grdavis3, how do you get the mental in sync and not let it be a disruptor?

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@colleennyoung This might be to much info you decide.
I am 76 and most of my life I like most men and women thought that it was my job, duty, responsibility etc. to satisfy my wife sexually.
You know get her to an orgasm and when it rarely ever happened, I know it was more of a disappoint for me than her. So we build up these insecurities and
cobwebs in our heads that interfear. Much latter I came to the conclusion that you satisfy you and I satisfy me. She has what we call a tool box and
it is now her problem. If done alone or together it's just as exciting/satisfying, we both get off and takes the pressure off me.
I wish we had started this years ago.

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@mazeppabob

@colleennyoung This might be to much info you decide.
I am 76 and most of my life I like most men and women thought that it was my job, duty, responsibility etc. to satisfy my wife sexually.
You know get her to an orgasm and when it rarely ever happened, I know it was more of a disappoint for me than her. So we build up these insecurities and
cobwebs in our heads that interfear. Much latter I came to the conclusion that you satisfy you and I satisfy me. She has what we call a tool box and
it is now her problem. If done alone or together it's just as exciting/satisfying, we both get off and takes the pressure off me.
I wish we had started this years ago.

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Hey @mazeppabob, I really appreciate your response. Sorry to take so long to reply. I find what you wrote to be really insightful. I think we always underperform in anything in life if we take on such pressure. It only stands to reason that carries over into intimate relationships too.

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