People with erectile disorders have higher rates of premature ejaculation and an increased risk of becoming depressed and suicidal, according to a new study.
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, examined nearly 1,500 adults with erectilia and found that erectile dysfunctions, which include low blood flow to the penis, increased the risk of premature menopause and erectile-related health problems such as depression and suicide.
“Men are at a greater risk of developing erectile symptoms than women,” said study author Dr. Andrew P. Brown, a professor of medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
“It’s not that men are not getting enough stimulation or that the way the brain is wired is not working properly.”
A key component of erectile function is the ability of the penis to expand to accommodate the penis’s expanding muscles.
But for many people, the ability to move the penis is limited.
In addition, erectile difficulties can include difficulty ejaculating or difficulty reaching orgasm, the study found.
The findings add to mounting evidence that erectilia is a risk factor for suicide.
A 2011 survey of 3,000 men and women found that 22 percent of the men and 6 percent of women said they had tried suicide.
Other studies have shown that the risk for erectile health problems is greater in men who are older, have poor social relationships, or have an impaired immune system, Brown said.
“This is an area where we are just beginning to understand the impact of erectilia on health,” Brown said in a statement.
“We’re not looking for a cure for this, but there are a number of things that can be done to help men, particularly men with erectiles, have better health.”
The new study is one of several to examine the effects of erectiles on men.
In 2015, the World Health Organization recommended that men who have been diagnosed with erectilic disorders get a full diagnostic assessment and follow-up.
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all men have blood tests that can detect the presence of erectiliac dysfunction and take measures to prevent it from occurring in the future.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet issued an order to test for erectiliacetin, or erectile enhancement drug, in people over age 18.
Brown said there are many drugs that can reduce erectile pain and dysfunction in men, but only some of them work.
“The ones that work best in the majority of men are usually the ones that are in the lab and you give them to them,” he said.
But not everyone is on board with using drugs to treat men’s erectilia.
In a 2015 editorial, the American Academy of Pediatrics said “there is no reason to use drugs to increase erectile sensitivity, or to treat those who have an erection.”
In the meantime, men can learn to control their erectile muscles, Brown and his colleagues said.
It’s possible to improve erectile performance and erectility by stretching and strengthening the muscles of the scrotum and penis, they said.
The authors recommend that people with erectiliitis get regular pelvic exams and get an ultrasound if they develop a pain in their scrotal muscles.
They also recommend men who become depressed or suicidal try to control the symptoms with a combination of medication and therapy, as well as by watching their body.
“You have to recognize that there’s a connection between those two things, but that the relationship is not as strong as it should be,” Brown added.
“We know from previous research that you have to have a lot of effort to have any positive change in erectile functioning.
We need to be more aware that there is a link between those things.”SOURCE: bit.ly/1jE4Q8R American Journal of Psychiatry, online December 22, 2019.