Cultivating a safe and satisfying sex life is crucial to our physical and emotional health. It’s no secret that our sexual desires drive some of our most important relationships, so it can be very daunting when something goes wrong.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can cause emotional and physical duress for you and your partner, but recent studies show that the problem is not uncommon. Over half of men over 40 struggle with some form of ED–and many of them suffer in silence.
On the surface, the physiological mechanisms behind maintaining an erection may seem relatively straightforward–especially when things are running smoothly. But it turns out that getting and keeping an erection involves a lot of moving parts. Expressly, after arousal, your body submits a signal to your brain, which then passes through your nerves, hormones, blood vessels, and muscles before an erection can even take place. If any part of that communication chain gets disrupted, it may lead to erectile dysfunction. Here’s how to recognize the most common symptoms of ED:
Trouble getting an erection
When arousal and sexual desire are present, but you’re not able to get a full erection, this could be a sign of ED.
Trouble maintaining an erection
If you’re able to get an erection, but are having difficultly maintaining it during sex, you could be suffering from ED.
Many other factors can contribute to ED, including diet, stress, alcohol, cardiovascular disease, and genetics. However, studies show that low testosterone is also a common cause of ED.
To determine whether or not low T is behind your ED, schedule an online visit with a Vault provider to discuss your medical history. To accurately diagnose low T, your Vault medical team will send a provider to your home to complete a blood test following your online consultation to check your testosterone levels.
If your results point to low levels, your Vault providers will determine the right course of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for you. And the best part is—you can expect to see and feel the results quickly. Some men who start TRT report a reversal in their symptoms after just two weeks.
Diagnosing and treating low T is straightforward, effective, and can have a ripple effect of benefits on nearly every aspect of your physical and mental health. Your Vault providers can help you treat this common problem and get you back to peak performance.