What to do if you’re experiencing erectile problems
You can’t avoid erectile issues, or even prevent them from happening, and if you do, they’re very real.
The National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) survey of 1,200 Australian men found that 19 per cent of men experience at least one type of erectile disorder, such as pain, inability to have orgasms, inability or inability to get an erection, and problems with sexual function.
There were similar rates for men who had been treated for prostate cancer, depression, anxiety, erectile disfunction or anxiety.
“The average Australian has an erectile problem at least once a month and it’s an everyday occurrence,” said NHMRC’s Dr Stephen Smith.
“You’re probably not going to get it right away, but it can happen at any age.”
Dr Smith said erectile symptoms could be a sign of some underlying problem, such a heart problem, diabetes or arthritis.
If you have an erection that isn’t working properly, or you’ve experienced problems with the way you ejaculate, Dr Smith said it’s important to see your GP.
“A GP may have to prescribe medication or a course of treatment that’s tailored to your problem,” he said.
“It’s important for them to know what’s going on, how it’s affecting you and whether they should be prescribing that medication or treatment.”
Dr Sarah Cairns is a sex and relationship therapist in Brisbane.
She said a lot of men had problems with their penis, including pain, and they often feel like they can’t get an orgasm.
“If you’re having an erection problem, you’re not going in the right direction and it may be affecting your sexual performance, but there’s a lot more to it than that,” she said.
Dr Cairnes said that if a man doesn’t know about the issue, he’s likely to be confused and be in a difficult position, and it could make it harder for him to be sexually intimate.
“There are a lot who don’t know how to deal with it.
They don’t want to admit they’re having issues.
They may be feeling anxious and depressed,” she says.”
Men need to know they can talk about the problem.”
There are some options for men struggling with erectile pain, including using lubricants, using lubricant patches or using a lubricant cream, but Dr Smith warns that they’re not an absolute solution.
“Even though you can use a lubricating cream to make it easier, the problem with that is it can leave some marks,” he says.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has recommended lubricants that use petroleum jelly and petroleum jelly-based gel, and is a leading expert in erectile-pain relief.
“Lubricants are not the answer for men with erectilators and their pain is not the same,” said ASPS’ president, Dr Michael A. Miller.
“They need a safe, non-invasive, noncontagious treatment to improve their sexual performance and sexual satisfaction,” he told news.com in 2016.
“For men with a penis of normal size, this treatment can have a positive effect on the sexual performance of their partners.”
Dr Miller said lubricants can be used for both men and women, and that they work by reducing friction between the penis and vagina.
“Our studies have shown that using a product that doesn’t have lubricant on it will actually cause friction between your penis and the vagina and this can cause problems with ejaculation and can cause pain and other problems with your erectile function,” he explained.
“So it’s a very good idea to use a non-graphic product that will not cause any friction and that you can safely put on without discomfort or irritation.”
Dr Cairs said it was important to be careful about lubricants as well.
“One of the things that’s really important to look out for is what kind of lubricant it is,” she told news,com.AU’s Morning Report has more stories from the States and overseas.