December 3rd, 2013
The human body and mind are incredible creations. So strong, so interwoven, and yet so complicated and vulnerable. Men in their middle ages who suffer from erectile dysfunction look for solutions to improve their erectile functioning in order to enjoy relationships and sex.
Suffering from erectile dysfunction and impotence is more than an organic issue; failure to meet one own’s and the partner’s expectation (just the fear of low performance can be crushing the psyche!) can have a huge negative impact on a man’s psychological well being.
While research and technology have introduced Viagra and Co., the so called PDE-5-inhibitors, and have made erections on demand available to all those who suffer from erectile dysfunction, a recent study shows that these drugs actually do not necessarily make men happy.
A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine evaluated the overall psychological state of minds of men before and after treatment with PDE-5-inhibitors.
The aim of this study was to report and analyze the published data for the psycho-social outcomes associated with erectile dysfunction (ED) before treatment with a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor; and the change in psycho-social outcomes after the use of a PDE5 inhibitor in men with erectile dysfunction (ED). The study evaluated the results of 40 clinical studies in which men who participated reported relatively good quality of life and overall relationships, but poor sexual relationships and sexual satisfaction, diminished confidence, low self-esteem, and symptoms of depression.
Interestingly these men reported a significant improvements from baseline in most of these measures, except for overall life satisfaction and overall relationship satisfaction.
The researchers concluded that erectile dysfunction and the treatment of ED go behind the simple aspect of a man’s life than just erectile functioning. The importance of evaluating the psycho-social factors associated with ED and its treatment, and the importance of using standardized scales to conduct this evaluation was highly recommended by the authors.
This study clearly shows the importance of psychological counseling and support for men who suffer from erectile dysfunction. While drugs may aid to achieve and maintain a sufficient erection for satisfactory sexual relations, they do not make men suffering from ED happier; psychological counseling regarding healthy relationships and sexual behavior might be necessary.
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