Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is often called the “couple’s disease.” If you are in a relationship, ED doesn’t just affect the man, it affects both of you as a couple. This obviously puts stress on your sex life, but many times it carries over into the rest of the relationship. Men can be embarrassed to talk about their erectile problems or see their doctor; instead, they start distancing themselves from their partners. Oftentimes the partner thinks “he’s not attracted to me” or “he’s not interested in this relationship anymore.” It is important to know that ED results from relationship problems in <10% of cases. More commonly, ED is the result of an underlying condition such as heart disease or diabetes, or a side effect of treatment for a condition such as prostate cancer. For this reason, men with ED should seek care from a medical professional.
Sperm count refers to the average of total sperm present in one semen sample. Low sperm counts are usually assumed to be related to infertility, but there are men with low counts who have children. Just taking sperm count into consideration is not a good indicator of actual fertility because a sperm count does not tell you how well they can fertilize an egg.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to either get or keep an erection that is good enough for intercourse. ED is very common, and in fact, about 50% of men over 40 have some form of ED. Many men feel embarrassed, believing they can cope with it on their own. It’s not an easy topic for men to talk about and often times they suffer in silence. A penile implant is a permanent solution for erectile dysfunction. It allows you to be spontaneous again, and that is one of the reasons it has such a high satisfaction rate for both the man and his partner.
Couples who experience infertility may be surprised at the toll that the experience is taking on them. It is often one of the hardest experiences a couple can experience. Men and women typically handle these emotions differently. For men facing fertility problems, one of the biggest challenges can be simply opening up and talking about the issue. The diagnosis of infertility can also cause many males to question their masculinity; however, it is important to remember male infertility is not uncommon.
As men’s health specialists, we see patients in the office every day for erectile dysfunction issues. Up to 66% of men with diabetes have erectile dysfunction, and many do not realize that their diabetes is contributing to their erectile problems. In fact, half of all men with diabetes will experience ED within 10 years of their diagnosis. We see quite a few men for erectile dysfunction that end up being diagnosed with diabetes after their visit with us.