Erectile Dysfunction and Sexual Wellness
Updated: Sep 16
It’s so easy to think of our bodies as machines, made up of individual components that either work, or don’t work. Not many people realize that our sexual organs are just one part of a much bigger picture - this is called ‘sexual wellness’. Crack the code for that, and lay the foundations for a healthy and happy sex life.
So what actually is sexual wellness? Sexual wellness is about so much more than having good sex. It’s a huge messy tangle of things that all contribute to a general state of well being. Sexual wellness is physical, mental and social. It is feeling good in your body and being able to enjoy sexual pleasure. It’s feeling safe in an intimate situation and confident enough to communicate what you do and do not want. It’s creating a close bond with another person, no matter the context.
Sexual wellness leads to feeling confident that you’re in control of your own body. Having difficulty achieving and sustaining an erection can be a major obstacle to that feeling of self-confidence. Erectile dysfunction affects so many men - as many as 30 million men in the US alone - so it’s not something to feel embarrassed about.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a multitude of things. Many of these causes can be intrinsic medical issues that can be talked over with a doctor in person, or from the comfort of your couch via one of our free online consultations.
A fulfilling Sexual Experience
However, ED isn’t always a medical issue - often the problem stems from our psyche. Mental health plays a huge role in the bedroom. To have a fulfilling sexual experience, you need to be able to put issues of stress, overthinking, and self-esteem aside.
If you’re in a relationship, talk to your partner about any concerns or worries - they may well have their own to share with you too, and communication is a key step to overcoming performance anxiety.
Masturbation can help! It may not be something people talk about much, but for many, it can be an important part of sexual wellness. Spending some time with your own body releases endorphins, raises your self-esteem, and helps you recognize what feels good, and what doesn’t.
Love yourself and Body
In order to prioritize your mental health, you need to be good to yourself - love yourself and your body. A healthy body makes you feel better inside and out. Eating a nutritious diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fiber can help, as can avoiding too much salt and saturated fats. You could also consider quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise and avoiding over-consumption of alcohol. Look after you body, and the rest will follow.
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