Erectile dysfunction - your questions answered
What is it? - Erectile dysfunction, also known as erectile disorder or simply ED, is a condition whereby a man either cannot attain an erection, or cannot maintain it to completion. This can be very embarrassing for both parties and be the cause of stress within a relationship even with the most understanding partner.
What causes ED? - The causes of ED are diverse and can include:
Physical - obesity, high LDL cholesterol, smoking and alcohol consumption, injury, illness and cancer.
Psychological - anxiety, grief, stress and depression.
If you are reading this because you have ED, please make sure if you have not already done so, that you see your doctor to rule out potential physical problems.
How common is ED? - ED effects most men at some point in their lives, with five to 12 per cent of men actively seeking help. For these men there are a number of effective medical options, however like most medication these do not work for everyone; are not suited to everyone's lifestyle, sometimes have side effects and a significant number of men are dissatisfied with the idea of being reliant upon medication. This is where hypnotherapy can be of help.
Does Hypnotherapy work for ED? - The earliest large scale hypnotherapy work on male sexual problems like ED was reported by Crasilneck which showed success rates of 80 to 87%, which is the sort of success rate most hypnotherapists would expect to achieve. In addition, small scale studies have shown that hypnotherapy is superior to testosterone treatments and acupuncture for the treatment of ED.
What will the treatment be? - Every therapist has their own approach, most will tailor this to suit you personally. Some will focus on replacing negative thoughts and images with more positive or practical one, others will focus upon the causes and early negative experience and some will look to reduce anxiety. Some may suggest exercises or lifestyle changes to support the work.
Will I have to discuss my sex life? - It is likely that you will have to disclose some details of your sex life, such as who you are having sex with, and how frequently. All good hypnotherapists understand the need to respect your personal information and to keep it confidential. Most experienced therapists will wait until you feel ready before obtaining the required details.
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About Matthew Krouwel
Matt Krouwel is a Birmingham based hypnotherapist and therapy lecturer with over 15 years experience. He is the founder of the 'Evidence Based Practice in Clinical Hypnotherapy' annual conference and is a leading authority on the hypno-therapeutic treatment of psychosexual issues.