Men performing far below what they used to be capable of and find themselves unable to complete intercourse may fear that they’ve begun noticing the early symptoms of erectile dysfunction, or ED.
Erectile dysfunction, like other diseases and disorders, requires a comprehensive physical exam and several laboratory tests in order to diagnose with certainty. Too many men take too great a risk in assuming that they have ED and take generic medication in order to improve performance. Let’s be perfectly clear—do not take medication for ED without a proper prescription and diagnosis from a licensed physician.
If you’re experiencing impotence, decreased performance in bed, or fear that you’ve developed the disorder, consider these 6 little known symptoms of erectile dysfunction before setting an appointment with your doctor:
1. Anxiety and Stress
Have you been feeling overly stressed or particularly anxious in recent memory? If so, consider the possibility that your mind may be playing a factor in your ability to maintain an erection. While it may be difficult for some to consider, the Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH) has clearly determined a tangible link between the state of your mind and the physical performance of your body.
According to the CIH, experiences with depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, and general relationship problems that contribute to your mental state can be a symptom of ED just as much as they can be a cause. As with all other ailments, consult with your doctor about your mental health, consider seeing a therapist to ensure that you’re in the proper state of mind for sex.
Sexual intercourse is as much a psychological act as it is physical one, and taking proper care of your mental health may cure your ED entirely.
2.Nighttime Erections (Or Lack Thereof)
Discovering whether or not your body can have and maintain an erection while you sleep can be a tricky ordeal. However, determining if you are able to get an erection while subconscious will help you determine whether or not your ED is a physical or psychological issue.
Testing for nighttime erections is a tricky business, and is known in the medical field as the nocturnal penile tumescence test, or NPT. It’s worth noting that the test isn’t commonly used to treat ED these days, but could serve as a valuable indicator for you when determining whether or not to see your doctor about ED.
Want to perform the NPT at home? Try out the widely recommended postage stamp test. Wrap and fasten a length of postage stamps around the base of your penis before going to bed. If you find the ring of stamps broken in the morning, your body successfully had an erection in the night. Be sure to try the test multiple nights in a row to ensure the validity of the results.
Don’t be fooled by thinking that your ability to gain an erection means you don’t have ED. In fact, one of the many symptoms of ED actually includes the ability to continue having erections.
Erections that are solid enough to be defined as such, yet too soft to perform successful intercourse are called soft erections, and are just as much of an indicator of ED as failing to gain an erection in the first place.
Take note sexual intercourse of your ability to perform. Remember that signs will show themselves over time, and a single night’s failures may not completely confirm whether or not you have ED.
4.Orgasms With a Flaccid Penis
Many men will incorrectly assume that ED means an inability to achieve an orgasm, and will consider their ability to climax to be an indication that they’re not experiencing any issues. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and the two concepts are actually exclusive to each other.
Erectile dysfunction only refers to a man’s difficulty and inability to gain and maintain an erection, not an orgasm. If you find yourself able to have an orgasm with a soft erection or even a fully flaccid penis, you could still be either at risk or showing an early but serious sign of the development of ED.
5.Pain When Achieving Orgasm
It may be difficult to discern or adequately determine in the heat of the moment, but one of the early signs of ED includes pain when achieving an orgasm.
If you’re experiencing a sharp or strong pain when climaxing, be sure to check and see if you’re showing any of the other symptoms commonly associated with ED. It may be difficult to remember to check or know what exactly constitutes as a painful orgasm, but remember that consistent pain can be yet another indicator that you need to see a doctor.
Many men with ED can still experience a firm and strong erection, but fail to be able to maintain the strength during intercourse. Don’t assume that ED means a complete inability to have an erection, or even an inability to have a strong erection. Just because you are able to have an erection when the time is right doesn’t mean that constantly failing to complete intercourse successfully is normal.
As with our other symptoms, check and see how often you’re able to have an erection, as well as complete successful intercourse. If you’re failing more often than you’re succeeding, you may be due for an appointment.
Ultimately, there is no single sign or symptom to point towards when trying to determine if you have erectile dysfunction. Which is why it’s important to consult with medical professionals before introducing medication and treatment.
Talk to your doctor and receive either a positive diagnosis or peace of mind, and stop worrying about your ED today. There are many options available to those with ED, and your doctor may be able to help you find a coupon for Cialis, Viagra, or whichever medication is prescribed to you.
We hope that these six little known symptoms of erectile dysfunction have helped you stop wondering, and you start taking action on your well-being today.