Erectile dysfunction, also known as a “trigger” in common parlance, is much more common than it first appears..
However, it is very difficult to establish epidemiological figures, since many men do not ask for help with this disease and it is considered taboo in the social sphere to question a person’s sexual health. . Despite these difficulties, studies estimate that 52% of the American male population between the ages of 40 and 70 suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED).
We’re taking it a step further, because the same sources estimate that 30 to 50 million people have recurring triggers in the United States and over 150 million men have erectile dysfunction worldwide, at least. With this data, we just want to show that the lack of “dexterity” in bed is quite natural, much more than you would think after having had an anecdotal conversation between people of the male sex.
In addition, it should be noted that erectile dysfunction is a sign of a physical clinical entity in 80% of cases. We usually associate it with an emotional image, but the reality is that it usually indicates a systemic or endocrine disorder, such as diabetes, hypogonadism, side effects of using certain medications, and high blood pressure. With these ideas in mind, we show you how the trigger affects men’s quality of life.
What is a trigger and when is it a clinical entity?
Erectile dysfunction or trigger is sexual dysfunction in which the penis does not stay erect (or erect in the first place) before and during intercourse. It is the most common sexual problem in men, and although its main trigger is physical, it can have side effects on an emotional level. Gender roles and male dynamics do not help normalize this condition either.
All men suffer at some point in their life from a lack of erection due to stress, anxiety, substance use and many other reasons, but erectile dysfunction (ED) persists over time, either sporadically (intercourse can be maintained sometimes, but not when desired), permanent or transient, that is, the patient is able to maintain the erection for some time, but not until the end of the sexual act.
Below, you can see the most common triggers for trigger or erectile dysfunction:
- Up to 40% of patients with erectile dysfunction suffer from hypertension, while 35% of hypertension suffer from erectile dysfunction. If less blood reaches the cavernous body of the penis, it does not rise up.
- Hyperlipidemia occurs in 42% of men with ED. High levels of lipids in the circulatory system also decrease blood flow to key areas, such as the penis.
- Up to 30% of adult men with undiagnosed type II diabetes suffer from erectile dysfunction. Excess circulating glucose can damage vascular tissues, nerves and sex tissues, making an erection very difficult.
- Obesity increases the likelihood of having erectile dysfunction by 50%.
- People with depression are 40% more likely to have erectile dysfunction. Interestingly, the likelihood of developing depression associated with ED is 3 times higher than in the general population.
As you can see, most of the causes of erectile dysfunction are mostly organic; the dysfunction is associated in a significant percentage with the depression (be it this cause or trigger) and other psychological disorders, but it is almost always accompanied by diabetes, hypertension, hypogonadism, and other conditions that affect the circulatory system.
Does this condition affect the quality of life of men?
Without a doubt, recurring cat bumps can be a serious problem for humans. As we have seen previously, the likelihood of developing depression with erectile dysfunction is up to 3 times higher than in the general population.
According to studies such as “Psychological Impact of Erectile Dysfunction on Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence”, dysfunction can occur as a result of anxiety, stress, and depression, but the inability to exercise in the sexual act results in the patient lower levels of self-esteem and even more anxiety and stress. A vicious circle is created in which “worthless” increases dysfunction, while dysfunction promotes the idea of “worthless”.
This same study, after testing 405 patients with erectile dysfunction, found that there was a clear correlation in quantifying the self-esteem of people with and without erectile dysfunction. In other words, it seems that men with erectile dysfunction tend to have a diminished self-image, at least compared to the general population. Interestingly, this trend was not observed to quantify a self-confidence scale.
However, it should be remembered that up to 80% of gang-backed executives are due to organic causes, while 20% respond to emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders and other psychiatric events. Therefore, rather than talking about the effect of the trigger on men’s quality of life, pay attention to the underlying cause.
Untreated diabetes, hypertension, hypogonadism, and other systemic conditions are clinical entities that go far beyond erection problems. Without going any further, ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death in high-income countries and is largely linked to high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, or obesity.
Therefore, you should see the blows more as a clinical sign than as a personal failure, because it is almost always preceded by a physical or emotional state of a pathological nature. If we don’t blame or ridicule a person for having edema in their legs, why does the dysfunction have such negative connotations? Both are clinical signs and therefore a reason for medical examination and treatment by a specialist.
Being vulnerable as a man is not bad
That much, it only remains to break a spear in favor of “vulnerability” and, to some extent, the deconstruction of classic masculinity.. Historically, we are taught that men must be strong, imposing, reluctant to talk about our feelings and protectors of the opposite sex. Fortunately, current gender dynamics and identity specters are driving us more and more as a society in this area, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
Having a sexual problem is not a failure, but a clinical sign. It is not a question of masculinity or lack of shoulder, but of a pathological pictureo. When this event is normalized as part of a larger picture to be addressed (and barriers to predominantly masculine behavior are removed), men will speak more clearly about their problems and illnesses can be detected before they become chronic. .
- Erectile dysfunction, NCBI, STATPEARLS. Retrieved May 27, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK562253/
- Martín-Morales, A .; Meijide Rico, F .; Garcia Gonzalez, JI; Irrigator Anechina, L .; Fonte Manero, M. (2005). Psychological impact of erectile dysfunction on self-esteem and self-confidence. Spanish urological acts, 29 (5): p. 493-498.