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    Erectile Dysfunction
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    Does masturbation cause erectile dysfunction?

    You may have heard that masturbation causes erectile dysfunction. Is this a myth, or real? Fortunately, there is no evidence that masturbation can cause ED. In fact, there are many benefits associated with masturbation.

    At some point, nearly all men have a problem getting an erection. If this problem persists or happens often, it is called erectile dysfunction. You can discover more about the causes of ED below.

    Age and ED

    Age is the leading predictor when it comes to suffering from ED. Approximately 40% of men over the age of 40 suffer from ED to some degree. The complete inability of getting an erection is approximately 5% of men at the age of 40 and rises to approximately 15% by the age of 70.

    Erectile dysfunction risk factors

    While engaging in masturbation is not a risk factor for suffering from ED, there are many potential risk factors. Following is a list of conditions that can cause or exacerbate erectile dysfunction.

    • age (being over 40)

    • having diabetes

    • being overweight

    • having heart disease

    • having lower urinary tract symptoms (bladder, prostate, or urethra issues)

    • alcohol and cigarette use

    A male and female under some bed covers with their legs hanging out from under the covers

    When young men suffer from ED

    Typically, when a younger man is unable to achieve an erection, the cause may be associated with the following psychological or emotional factors. (These factors can apply to older men as well.)

    • being stressed (with relationships or work)

    • having anxiety

    • being depressed or having post-traumatic stress disorder

    • having bipolar disorder

    • being overweight

    • having insomnia or lacking sleep

    • urinary tract infection

    • performance anxiety

    • spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida

    How to treat erectile dysfunction

    Addressing the conditions listed above may improve a man's ability to have an erection. In younger men, avoiding stress and getting proper sleep may be all that is necessary to experience normal erections again. In older men, there may be underlying conditions making it difficult to have an erection without the use of medication.

    Viagra

    The most popular medication for treating ED is Viagra. Millions of people around the world have been prescribed the blue pill for the treatment of ED.

    Viagra goes by the generic name "sildenafil", which is the same drug but costs less. You can buy sildenafil here at UK Meds.

    Cialis

    Cialis is another ED medication. It typically costs a little more than Viagra but has fewer potential side effects. We have written a lengthy article discussing the pros and cons of Cialis vs Viagra here. For quick reference, the following are potential side effects of both medications.

    Side effectViagraCialis
    Stuffy or runny nosexx
    Headachexx
    Dizzinessx 
    Upset stomachxx
    Nauseax 
    Indigestion x
    Vision changesx 
    Rashx 
    Flushingxx
    Back painxx
    Pain in the limbs x
    Muscle achesxx

    You can buy Cialis here at UK Meds. We also sell the generic version called tadalafil as well.

    Levitra

    Yet another medication is Levitra. Levitra is similar to Viagra but also has fewer side effects and is more expensive. You can buy Levitra here at UK Meds.

    Over-The-Counter ED medicine

    All of the medications listed above for the treatment of ED require a prescription. However, there is a form of Viagra that can be sold without a prescription. It is called Viagra Connect, and comes in 50mg tablets which should be taken no more than once per day.

    Alternatives to Viagra

    Viagra is not for everyone. If you are experiencing side effects, you may want to explore Viagra alternatives. These range from other medications, to supplements and even dietary choices you can make which will enhance your ability to achieve an erection.

    Benefits of masturbation

    You probably came to this article wondering if masturbation is harmful and may cause erectile dysfunction. The truth is that it can be beneficial. Following is a list of benefits organized by Planned Parenthood.

    Plenty of research has shown the health benefits of masturbation. Masturbation can:

    Release sexual tension
    Reduce stress
    Help you sleep better
    Improve your self-esteem and body image

    Help treat sexual problems

    Relieve menstrual cramps and muscle tension

    Strengthen muscle tone in your pelvic and anal areas

    In summary, masturbation does not cause erectile dysfunction. The culprit is likely to be age, diabetes, being overweight or any of the other conditions listed above. If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, there are ED medications that can help you achieve an erection long enough to have sex.

    According to Dr Alexis Missick (MBChB, MRCGP), "Masturbation actually has beneficial effects on testosterone levels and libido almost like a positive advocate loop. By masturbating it can delay the time to ejaculation; almost like building stamina and routine. It can also reduce some of the psychological issues such as low self esteem and performance anxiety that would increase the chance of erectile dysfunction. The reverse is true; refraining from masturbating could worsen premature ejaculation and indirectly erectile dysfunction."

    Medically Reviewed by:
    Dr. Alexis Missick MBChB. MRCGP
    GMC reference no: 7151419
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