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Erectile Dysfunction and Irritable Bowel Disease
Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) is a common gastric condition affecting many men in the UK and the rest of the world. It is a chronic disease divided into two types: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis that targets the digestive tract and leads to fatigue, weight loss, abdominal pain, frequent bowel movements, incontinence, and other issues
IBD is generally diagnosed between ages 15 to 40, a time when many men are in intimate relationships and in the case of younger men initiating them.
Researchers have shown that there is a high prevalence of sexual dysfunction including Erectile Dysfunction (ED) as a result of the emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of IBD in addition to the treatments used to manage the condition.
- IBD Emotional Issues – Patients suffer from embarrassment about both the disease and its symptoms, influencing their attitude towards, starting new relationships, or becoming intimate due to being anxious about issues which may occur during sexual intercourse.
- IBD Physical Issues – IBD often leaves men with little energy for sex due to the chronic fatigue they frequently suffer.
- IBD Psychological Issues – Men with IBD are often prone to depression while anxiety can affect sex drive as well as performance.
- IBD Treatment Issues – Taking prescription drugs such as corticosteroids can lead to mood swings, damaging one’s body image, and adding to persistent fatigue issues.
Medications to Overcome ED
According to a study published by the American Journal of Gastroenterology in September 2018, men with IBD are significantly more likely to use medications to overcome their ED compared to men without Inflammatory Bowel disease. Often these medications will include ‘little blue pills’ enabling a man to get a satisfactory erection despite their emotional, physical, or psychological problems.
One of the problems with taking ‘little blue pills’ is that their effect can wane over time, so a man may no longer be able to achieve an erection strong enough for penetrative sex despite the brain telling him that he wants to engage in intercourse. At MansMatters our combination of therapies including Shockwave treatment has been developed to overcome the problem, by increasing blood and nutrient flow through the penis allowing for hard erections to be achieved once more.
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