It is safe to say that erectile dysfunction affects men of all ages and from all walks of life at least once, no matter what we might say. It can be stress, nerves, psychological or emotional factors or even just the over-imbibing of alcohol at the root of the problem. Nonetheless, it really can be an uncomfortable ordeal for men, which isn’t helped by the inherent sexual pressures of modern society.
With the remnants of patriarchy still prevalent in modern society (just look at the Eiffel Tower!) the penis is, as it always has been, what many men consider to be the physical embodiment of their manhood. Therefore, a faulty penis can seem like a much greater affliction that it really is, as it intrinsically affects the pride of the sufferer.
Since the mid-20th century, popular culture and society in general has undoubtedly become inherently and ever-increasingly more sexual.
To put things into perspective, in 1967 the Rolling Stones, when performing their smash hit Let’s Spend the Night Together on Top of the Pops, were forced to change the lyrics to Let’s Spend Some Time Together due to the explicit implications.
Now, just 40 years later, we have the likes of Beyonce, who is idolised by toddlers, teenagers and adults alike, with songs such as Drunk in Love blaring over daytime radio, essentially about making love all night while drunk. This example barely scratches the surface of the types of explicit messages that are ubiquitously and innately passed on to both young people and adults.
This post-1970 freedom of expression and sexuality has undoubtedly led to a better understanding of ourselves and our bodies. It has led to a burgeoning of western culture with the likes of music and art as well as tolerance and ultimately helped to discard much of the negative stigma attached to sex.
However, this increasing sexuality in popular culture brings with it an array of innate pressures, especially in the likes of penis size, body images and performance. This is true for both men and women. Even from a young age sexual symbolism is everywhere – in the media, in the music industry and even within social groups, and can have extremely derogating effects on confidence and self-esteem.
Ergo, it comes as no surprise that erectile dysfunction reportedly affects around 26 per cent of men under 40, with around 40 per cent of men aged 40-50 and 50 per cent of men aged over 50 suffering.
Although medical treatments exist, the problem in many cases can be psychological, due to these aforesaid pressures or even the day-to-day stress of modern life.
In this case, it may be better not to simply medicate and therefore mask the problem. A number of natural erectile dysfunction remedies exist that offer a much more holistic cure. These, in many cases, can actually be the best treatment for erectile dysfunction.