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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

At Western Women’s and Men’s Health, our experienced physiotherapists in Hoppers Crossing take a special interest in the health of both men and women. In this blog, we are discussing the uncomfortable topic of erectile dysfunction.

These pelvic muscles are just as important for men as they are for women. Having a strong pelvic floor can help you recover post-prostatectomy, improve erectile function and reduce any issues with dribbling after urination.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is when a man is unable to get and/or keep an erection that allows sexual activity with penetration. It is not a disease, but a symptom of some other problem, either physical or psychological or a mixture of both.

How common is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is very common and becomes more common as men age.

An Australian survey showed that at least one in five men over the age of 40 years has erectile problems and about one in ten men are completely unable to have erections.

With each increasing decade of age, the chance of having erectile problems increases.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Often erectile dysfunction is a sign of another serious health problem that may be undiagnosed such as diabetes or heart disease. Sometimes there is no clear reason for the erectile dysfunction and a more thorough clinical history and examinations may be necessary.


Is erectile dysfunction just part of getting old?

There is no doubt that the muscle cells in the ageing penis are less responsive, interfering with getting and keeping good erections. Like the rest of the ageing body, muscle tone in the penis reduces with age, as do many other aspects of sexual function. It can take longer for a man to get fully aroused. It may take much longer before a second erection happens compared to when the man was younger, and usually the erection is not as firm.

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

For most men, erectile dysfunction cannot be cured; for some there may be a reversible underlying cause. For this reason, it is important to assess all men with erectile problems to see if there is a treatable cause.

Is sex important to older men?

It is common for a healthy older man to still want sex and be able to have sex within appropriate limitations. Understanding what is normal in older age is important to avoid frustration and concern.

Can I do anything to prevent erectile dysfunction?

Although not proven, it is likely that erectile dysfunction can be prevented by good general health, paying particular attention to body weight, exercise, and cigarette smoking. Early diagnosis and treatment of associated conditions like diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol may prevent or delay erectile dysfunction, or stop the erectile dysfunction from getting more serious.

Our experienced physiotherapists are trained specifically in the areas of pelvic floor and continence rehabilitation to assist with any issues you may have. We provide unique and tailored treatment plans to help you achieve your best quality of life.


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