Covid-19 increases risk of erectile dysfunction
India is said to be the powerless capital of the world. Yet most of us avoid the word erectile dysfunction when we hear it and avoid engaging in conversations around the same thing. Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, is much more common in men than you might think. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or maintain an erection of the penis which leads to unsatisfactory sex. In India, people generally do not perceive erectile dysfunction as a medical disorder but as sexual incompetence and more often than not it becomes the reason for the disturbance of balance and harmony in a relationship leading to self-doubt. and depression. Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction usually avoid accepting the condition and begin to avoid intimacy altogether, which might frustrate them. It affects around 30 percent of men over 40 and 20 percent of all age groups have difficulty getting / maintaining an erection. If a person is diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, the first step is to contact a doctor, as it can be a sign of an underlying health problem. Heart disease, blocked blood vessels, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, anxiety, stress, depression and lifestyle habits like excessive smoking and alcohol consumption are not just a few of the common causes of erectile dysfunction.
A recent Italian study found that Covid-19 increases the risk of developing erectile dysfunction (ED) almost six times. Diabetes, obesity and smoking which increase the risk of contracting Covid-19 are also risk factors for erectile dysfunction. Data estimates that men with a history of coronavirus will be 5.66 times more likely to develop erectile dysfunction. Researchers involved in the study said this problem could be short-term or long-term.
Although erectile dysfunction affects men and is generally thought of as a man’s thing, it also affects women in a relationship. According to the results of a recent survey, 56% of men would like to discuss erectile dysfunction with their partner to mend their relationship, while 28% of women might consider separating if their partner does not take corrective action for the erectile dysfunction. .
How to treat erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction can be treated at any age; treatment depends on your general health and the underlying cause of the problem. Apart from lifestyle changes, there are other important methods involved in curing the disease. These include oral tablets, injections, vacuum devices, surgically placed implants, and testosterone replacement therapy:
- Injectables: Specific penile injections cause the blood vessels in the penis to swell. This stimulates blood flow to the penis, thus helping to have a sustained erection.
- Vacuum devices: A vacuum erection device (VED) is an external pump with a band that a man with erectile dysfunction can use to achieve and maintain an erection.
- Penile implant surgery: Penile implants are devices placed inside the penis to allow men with erectile dysfunction to get an erection and are recommended in case other treatments don’t work.
- Testosterone replacement therapy: Insufficient production of testosterone is not a common cause of erectile dysfunction. But, when erectile dysfunction occurs due to decreased testosterone production, testosterone replacement therapy can improve the problem.
Your doctor can also help you treat it in other ways, including complementary or alternative therapies such as couple counseling or psychosexual counseling. However, be sure to consult a doctor before using any of these options for the proper advice and treatment.
The author is Consultant Andrologist, NU Hospitals and NU Fertility, Bangalore.
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