Erectile dissatisfaction and erectile dysfunction are two closely related, yet misunderstood concepts. Erectile dysfunction is a health condition where a man is unable to get and/or maintain an erection that allows sexual activity with penetration. Erectile dissatisfaction is a natural condition where a man fails to get an erection.
The internet (as used by individuals and companies selling drugs – mainly unapproved by the FDA) has helped us believe that every man over 50 has erectile dysfunction (ED). However, that is quite far from the truth. In practice, Viagra-type drugs have greatly increased the amount of sexual activity in this ‘seventh age’ and beyond. This article contains what you should know about erectile dissatisfaction and erectile dysfunction for men over 50.
Erectile Dissatisfaction After 50
The human body is designed to change as it gets older – an erection is not an exception. It is natural that at 50 the penis begins to rise more slowly, and become less firm. Another cause of erectile dissatisfaction is a change in attraction. If what attracts a man changes, then erections would be difficult to get. Many men mistake this for erectile dysfunction (ED) while it is actually erectile dissatisfaction.
The age of 50 may have been set as the benchmark for erectile changes, however, some of the things men do can hasten the coming of this menace. This condition may arrive earlier in men who smoke, drink in excess, are obese, men who do not exercise (not in all), or have certain heart conditions.
How to Handle Erectile Dissatisfaction
Most men tend to mistake erectile dissatisfaction with the medical condition (erectile dysfunction) and become distraught. Getting anxious over erectile dissatisfaction would only make the condition worse. If you are unsure which it is, we advise that you consult a doctor as soon as possible.
Anxiety, stress, and tension cause the arteries that carry blood into the penis to constrict, thus, making erections even less likely. Because erectile dissatisfaction is a natural, rather than a physiological or physical problem, the tips we will provide you will exclude the drugs used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Furthermore, it is important to know that at this age, sexual fantasies are no longer enough to start and/or maintain erections. It’s disconcerting to lose firmness and suffer wilting from minor distractions. Post 50 men may need more fondling, teasing and foreplay before sex to stimulate an erection.
Falling in love, remaining in love with a partner, getting in shape, staying away from smoke and the bottle, and making love earlier in the day when you have more energy can also improve your chances of having erections. Relax, breathe deeply, ask for the kind of touch that excites you — and instead of mourning what you’ve lost, focus on the pleasure you can still enjoy.
Erectile dissatisfaction can be a blessing for older couples, that is if managed properly. At this age, arousal is much slower so their erotic pace more closely matches women’s. A slower pace allows plenty time for kissing, cuddling, and whole-body massage, all essential to most women’s enjoyment of sex.
Erectile Dysfunction After 50
Erections occur when blood fills the penis. ED occurs when type V phosphodiesterase (an enzyme) breaks down nitric oxide too quickly. Erectile dysfunction is a very common condition among men, and there are a number of methods used in treating this condition.
The cases of erectile dysfunction increase with age. According to a research carried out by the University of Chicago, about 1 in every three men aged 50 to 64 suffer erectile dysfunction. From age 65 to 85, the figure is approximately 44 percent. While ED becomes increasingly common in older men, more than half never develop it.
Erectile Dysfunction Doesn’t Start Overnight
According to the same landmark study carried out by the University of Chicago study, one-third of men age 18 to 49 complain of climaxing too soon at least once a year. And for many older men, premature ejaculation (PE) remains a problem or returns.
A follow-up study carried out by the same researchers at the University of Chicago showed that premature ejaculation affects 31 percent of men in their fifties, 30 percent in their early sixties. Premature ejaculation is an early warning sign of erectile dysfunction.
Currently, there are a number of methods used to treat erectile dysfunction. Drugs, injections, pellets, gels, lifestyle change, pump devices, and even surgical processes are being used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Because the causes and severity of this condition defer, there is a possibility that the treatment your doctor prescribes for you could be different from your neighbors.
Important Tips to Prevent Erection Dysfunction at 50
If you are below the age of 50 and are reading this, you are in luck as there are things that you can do to reduce your chances of suffering from erectile dysfunction or erectile dissatisfaction in the coming years.
- Start Exercising if You Haven’t: Exercise is an active treatment for a lot of medical conditions including erectile dysfunction. Exercising improves blood flow and pressure in the body by increasing nitric oxide in the blood, which is very important for men to get and maintain a strong erection. Learn Kegel exercises too, but don’t stick to only them.
- Watch Your Weight: Men who are obese are at a greater chance of suffering from erectile dysfunction.
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol (at least drink minimally). And if you do not drink or smoke, great, don’t start.
- Eat healthily: Men who eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, heart-healthy oil, nuts, and fish are less likely to suffer erectile dysfunction and erectile dissatisfaction. Any food that is not healthy for your heart will reduce erections too.