Putting the 'function' back in 'dysfunction' - A guide to ED.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a prevalent medical condition that affects a significant number of men, particularly as they age. According to a recent study, approximately 52% of men aged 40 to 70 experience some degree of ED at some point in their lives. ED is characterized by the consistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. It can have physical or psychological causes, and the symptoms may vary in severity. Understanding the causes and available treatments for ED is crucial for those affected, as it can significantly impact both physical and emotional well-being. This condition can often be effectively managed, allowing individuals to regain their sexual function and quality of life.

Causes of ED.

Physical Factors: ED can be due to physical factors such as poor blood flow to the penis, nerve damage, hormonal imbalances, or certain medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or obesity.

Psychological Factors: Psychological issues, like stress, anxiety, depression, or relationship problems, can contribute to ED. Performance anxiety can also be a factor.

Lifestyle Habits: Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, and a sedentary lifestyle can increase the risk of ED.

Medications: Some medications may have ED as a side effect. It's essential to consult a healthcare provider if you suspect this.


  • Difficulty achieving an erection.
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection.
  • Reduced sexual desire or libido.


 Treatment options for ED depend on its underlying cause and can include:

  • Lifestyle changes: Improving diet, exercise, and reducing alcohol and tobacco use.
  • Counselling or therapy: Addressing psychological factors.
  • Medications: Prescription medications like Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra can help improve blood flow to the penis.
  • Vacuum erection devices: Mechanical devices that create a vacuum to draw blood into the penis.
  • Penile implants: Surgical options for those not responding to other treatments.

It's important for individuals experiencing ED to consult a healthcare professional to identify the underlying cause and determine the most suitable treatment plan. In many cases, ED can be effectively managed or treated, allowing individuals to resume a satisfying sex life.

Sex Toys

Certain Sex toys can sometimes help with ED.

A penis pump, also known as a vacuum erection device, is a non-invasive device that can help with erectile dysfunction by temporarily improving blood flow to the penis and facilitating an erection. It can be particularly useful for individuals who may not respond well to medications or who prefer a non-medication approach.

Cock rings are made from different materials and can either be hard or soft. They are positioned at the base of the penis where its job is to prevent the backflow of blood, this helps the penis stay harder for longer, hopefully allowing you to relax and enjoy the moment a little bit more!

Vibrators – You could even treat your partner to your vibrator (or his!). Vibrating and massaging him will help stimulation and be very enjoyable!

Stimulating someone with Erectile Dysfunction

The best way to help your partner with ED is to firstly make him feel comfortable by creating a non-judgemental space.

Once you’ve done that you can experiment with different types of touch that creates arousal. You can gently massage and fondle with the penis which can still be pleasurable for your partner.