For many men, the first time they struggle with erectile dysfunction (ED) can bring up all sorts of feelings of worry, anxiety, and self-doubt. It can be frustrating to have your body not behave as you've come to expect. However, you should know that you're not alone. ED is a common struggle, and there are all sorts of ways to manage it. Here is some advice that will come in handy if you're struggling with ED for the first time.
Check in with your mental health first.
Sometimes men experience a little ED and then jump to the conclusion that something major is wrong with them medically. But while ED can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical condition, it can also be a side effect of temporary mental health struggles. So, before you jump to any conclusions, check in with yourself regarding your current mental state. Have you been feeling worried or anxious lately? Maybe you've been experiencing low moods or struggling to fall asleep at night. If so, you may want to do some self-care, such as yoga or meditation. Or, if your mental health problems feel deeper, make an appointment with a therapist. This may be all you need to ease your ED symptoms.
Check for other symptoms of low testosterone.
ED can be the most obvious sign that your testosterone levels are low, but it's not usually the only sign of low T. Have you also been struggling with any of these symptoms?
- Weight gain
- Trouble putting on muscle
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Dry, thinning skin
If you have any of these symptoms, arrange to have your testosterone levels checked. If they are low, then supplementing with testosterone should help with your ED.
Give it time.
Before you get too concerned and start worrying that you'll be battling ED for the rest of your life, take a step back and wait. Do some relaxing activities, treat your body well, and get plenty of sleep. Sometimes, men can experience short bouts of ED that fade after a few days or a couple of weeks. You may just be having one of these temporary bouts, and it may very well work itself out if you're patient.
Your first bout of ED can be a struggle to deal with. However, with the advice above, you can do a better job of figuring out what's behind it and staying calm through it all.
Contact your healthcare provider for additional information about erectile dysfunction.