Erectile dysfunction (ED) can drive a wedge between partners for a number of reasons.
The man may feel ashamed that he can’t perform sexually, the woman may assume that her spouse is no longer attracted to her, and both may find that the lack of intimacy is pushing them apart in other aspects of their relationship.
In some cases, women might incorrectly assume that their spouse is cheating on them, which can foster distrust.
The truth about what causes ED
Most of the time, the causes of ED aren’t related to extramarital affairs, but rather physical or mental factors.
Low testosterone can play a role in ED, and is a more common cause as men age and the hormone slowly decreases.
Certain medications can contribute to erectile dysfunction. The most common are those use to treat cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Erectile dysfunction can also serve as a warning sign for cardiovascular problems and other diseases caused by blocked capillaries. Surgery for prostate cancer can cause ED both structurally and hormonally, and diabetes can lead to nerve damage in the penis.
Men with heart valve problems completely unrelated to heart disease can experience a backwash of blood, which can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Anxiety, depression and stress can all play a role in erectile dysfunction as well, often contributing to a vicious cycle. A man who is anxious that he won’t be able to get an erection, may cause his own ED, which in turn will make him more anxious.
The good news is, no matter what’s causing your ED, it’s usually treatable.
According to the EverydayHealth.com article, “ED and the Sexless Relationship,” the oral drugs Cialis, Viagra and Levitra are effective in about two-thirds of men with erectile dysfunction.
For men who don’t respond to any of the ED medications on the market, there are alternative treatments that may work, including penis pumps, injections and implants.