Erectile Dysfunction v/s Infertility: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Erectile dysfunction and impotence are two serious health issues that impact the sexual lives of men in America and the world over. According to some estimates, around 30 million men in the US alone suffer from ED. Male infertility rates are even more alarming, with 7 percent of the total male population suffering from the medical condition. Both impotence and ED have been the subjects of intensive research over the years, and the medical fraternity has come up with definitive answers to address patient questions and concerns. That said, patients and a sizeable portion of the general population still use the terms interchangeably and fail to distinguish between the two conditions. The blog explores the two health conditions you distinguish ED-related symptoms and those that afflict a sterile patient. Take a look.

ED: Definition

Erectile dysfunction/ impotence is when a man has problem getting and maintaining an erection, a prerequisite to having sexual intercourse. Although occasional failures to get an erection is something most men experience at some point in their life, it is the frequent occurrence of such episodes which is a matter of concern.

Causes

Research shows that a man’s risk of experiencing signs of erectile dysfunction increases as they age. That said, age is not the only factor behind the problem. Other issues that put men at the risk of developing erectile dysfunction include:

  • Mental and psychological disorders, including mood swings and depression
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Extended and over consumption of antidepressants, antihistamines, and blood pressure drugs
  • Parkinson’s disease/multiple sclerosis
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol and tobacco abuse
  • Any injuries causing nerve/blood vessel damage

Patients undergoing radiation treatment to eliminate cancerous cells fall in the high risk category as the rays can cause extensive damage to nerve endings and blood vessels, resulting in erectile dysfunction.

Symptoms

Men suffering from ED report a gradual decline in sexual appetite, and find it difficult to get and maintain erections. Many patients choose to suffer in silence as talking about the subject is still taboo in most social circles, however, ignoring the problem is never a solution and patients must consult a specialized American medical centre to explore different treatment options.

Treatment options

At American Male Medical Centre, we understand that there is no universal magic potion when it comes to treating ED. To help patients to better manage their condition, our specialists conduct various tests to learn more about their specific situation and recommend the proper medication and treatment in accordance with their findings.

Defining sterility in men

It’s a misconception that infertility is predominantly a female problem, as men are also at high risk. Almost 33 percent of cases of couples failing to bear children a year into their marriages is due to male sterility. Patients suffering from the medical condition experience difficulty in producing/releasing semen, which is one of the prerequisites of egg formation.

Symptoms

  • A gradual decline in the size of testicles.
  • Swelling in the testicles accompanied with persistent pain and inflammation.
  • Changes in hair growth pattern.
  • Failure to achieve long lasting erections coupled with improper/irregular ejaculation.

Causes

Our medical experts consider various health issues as stepping stones to the setting of infertility symptoms in men. Some such concerns include:

  • Diabetes/cystic fibrosis.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse, especially steroids.
  • Genetic deformities.
  • Injury or surgery to the testicles.
  • Exposure to radiation, a common risk factor for patients undergoing cancer treatment.
  • A condition known as retrograde ejaculation in which the sperm flows back into the bladder.
  • Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Treatment options

American male medical clinics recommend various treatment options according to their patient’s particular condition, such as hormone replacement therapy.

Bottom line

If you are experiencing one or more of ED/infertility symptoms, consult a certified professional immediately. American Male Medical has been helping men lead healthy and stress-free lives for almost two decades now with a near perfect success record. We’re the first choice for patients located in California, Nashville, and Tennessee. Call us at (866) 517-5273 or fill out our contact form, and we’ll get in touch shortly.

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