Movember – ED and Mental Health

We men embarrass easily. Less than 5% of African men will talk to their doctors about erectile dysfunction (ED).

Their is no clear connection between long hours on a motorcycle riding and ED or infertility.
The reason riding may cause ED is that the seat puts constant pressure on the perineum—the area between the genitals and anus. This pressure can harm nerves and temporarily slow blood flow, which causes tingling or numbness in the penis and, eventually, ED.

But it’s important to be aware that many men can ease, or even reverse, ED by making simple lifestyle changes — such as losing excess weight and quitting smoking — that also are likely to boost their overall health and reduce their chances of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome.
For some men, depression can accompany the condition of erectile dysfunction (ED). The most common symptoms of depression include low self-esteem, loss of interest in formerly pleasurable activities, fatigue, changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, and apathy.

ED is not an easy topic to talk about, no man would want his performance to be in question. And few would admit if they ever were sailing in this boat.

It’s very difficult for men like myself to broach this subject when dealing with the stigma surrounding men and their sexual health, particularly at the place where sexual and mental health meet. It’s a problem that puts me at risk for depression and a variety of other issues.

But in the spirit of Movember we have to be our brother’s keepers. I should be able to hold my brother’s hand, give him my unwavering support and encouragement through any health issue such as ED.

That 60 men take their lives every hour around the world is unacceptable. Let’s encourage each other to talk, let us be open and vulnerable to each other, and be that guy, that brother, that they can turn to for support.

Make difficult conversations easier.