There are professions that require certain qualities, such as healthy nerves, a sense of responsibility, extreme patience, and stress resistance. Not everyone is endowed with these qualities, and not everyone can apply them. And many of those who do this work deserve our sincere admiration!
Stress itself has been linked to the development of heart problems, high blood pressure, and other conditions that increase the risk of stroke, myocardial infarction, and other serious conditions.
A new study shows that stress is one of the really common causes of erectile dysfunction (ED). Chronic stress and overwork not only affect erectile function, it also disrupts the interaction between the nervous and immune systems.
What is stress, and what is its mechanism?
No matter how calm and smooth-tempered an employee is, he or she has experienced high stress in the workplace at least once in his career. There may be dozens of reasons for this.
Exaggerated demands of the supervisor.
Tasks not completed on time.
Too many tasks.
Poor project management.
Relationships with colleagues.
Lack of opportunities for growth or development.
Work does not bring satisfaction.
Any job can be stressful, even if you are dedicated and love what you do.
But what happens when people are under stress?
At such times, the hormone cortisol is released from the adrenal glands in higher amounts than necessary. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. It is responsible for a variety of functions in the body, including its involvement in regulating blood pressure and the cardiovascular system.
Cortisol is known to raise blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cause immune dysfunction and infertility. Thus, high cortisol levels can cause ED in men of any age.
Stress and burnout at work are not only temporary phenomena. If ignored, stress can become chronic, unbearable and harmful to both mental and physical health.
How do I know if my ED is stress related?
Stress at work can affect our behavior and mood in many ways. Acute emotional stress can make the body produce more testosterone. However, chronic stress can cause lower testosterone levels, which can lead to lower sperm production or ED. Chronic stress can also increase the risks of reproductive organ infections.
If you suspect you have psychogenic ED, consult your doctor. Symptoms may vary depending on the type of disorder.
A sudden start.
Problems with erection occur situationally.
Great night erections.
A gradual beginning.
Progression of the disorder.
Problems with erection happen all the time.
Your doctor can run blood tests to evaluate lipid (fat) levels, testosterone levels, and glucose levels. This will help rule out organic causes of ED from your diagnosis.
How do I treat stress-related ED?
There are various ways to treat ED:
● PDE5 inhibitors.
● Hormone therapy.
● Shockwave therapy.
● Penile implants.
● Psychosexual counseling.
● Lifestyle changes.
● Injections of vasoactive substances into the urethra.
● Penile pump (vacuum device for erection).
● Surgery of the blood vessels.
In ED caused by stress at work, the most commonly used treatments are:
● Taking medication for ED.
● Talking to your partner.
Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, can help change the beliefs and behaviors that cause erection problems. Since psychogenic ED is caused by psychological factors, such as stress at work, psychotherapy can be very effective.
Discussing problems with your partner can be a very effective part of treatment. It is important to seek your partner's understanding and support, You don't have to carry the burden of ED alone. Tell your partner about your condition and your treatment options. If you find it difficult to discuss it freely, discuss the situation with your doctor.
There is a chance that you will be able to overcome ED by addressing psychological factors, such as improving relationships with partners and relieving stress. However, if you try to overcome the problem on your own and fail, it may make ED worse. It might be better for you not to keep everything to yourself, but to see a doctor.
PDE5 inhibitors and high-stress job
There are three common types of drugs used to treat ED.
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If you can get an erection with ED medications, you will gradually regain your confidence and get rid of your anxiety about sexual activity.
Cialis, Viagra, Levitra, and their generic versions are classified as PDE5 inhibitors. They are often prescribed to treat psychogenic ED related to stress at work and are a first-line therapy.
Regarding the action of the drugs, an erection is achieved and maintained through a vasodilatory effect. Therefore, they can be expected to improve erection in most cases of psychogenic ED.
The efficacy of PDE5 inhibitors is extremely high, ranging from 80% to 90%, regardless of whether the cause is psychogenic or organic. The drugs are taken as needed, 30-60 minutes before sexual intimacy.
There are men who have no effect within 1 hour of taking the pill orally. In very rare cases, it may take more than 2 hours to achieve an effect.
Many men mistakenly believe that taking PDE5 inhibitors will naturally increase their libido and lead to an erection, and sometimes complain that this treatment method is ineffective. You should understand that medications do not increase libido and are ineffective without sexual stimulation. Particularly when it comes to sexual stimulation, sexual fantasies alone are often not enough, and direct stimulation of the penis is required.
Also, ED pills may not work the first time. Please make several attempts to make love after using the pills on different days before you change the dosage or decide the treatment is ineffective.
Taking PDE5 inhibitors for psychogenic ED often results in increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Subsequently, this self-confidence often leads to successful sexual activity without using the medication.
Tips for coping with stress at work
Occupational exhaustion, increasing demands, and long hours at work can make you feel stressed, tired, depressed, and have erectile dysfunction. By focusing on yourself and your personal stress reduction needs, you can prevent many chronic diseases and conditions.
Here are some tips to help if you have a high-stress job.
Tip #1: Monitor the impact of stressors on you
First, find out what stresses you the most and throws you off balance. You can start with a simple but effective idea - keep a journal and frankly write down everything that annoys you. Be sure to mark the situations that made your erection problem even worse.
After 2 to 4 weeks, you will be able to build on the data recorded. When you know what you're most worried about, you can take the first step towards solving the problem. Don't think this is a pointless exercise. It's much easier to develop a healthy mechanism for recognizing and responding to stress.
Tip #2: Get more organized
Being organized is beneficial. A well-organized workflow will help you concentrate on your work and increase your effectiveness.
The main benefits of being well organized are the following:
● Less time wasted.
● Reduction of failures and errors.
● Maintaining a stable psycho-emotional state.
No one likes the feeling of working in a mess. If you want to reduce your stress level, you shouldn't work in chaos.
Get your workplace in order and maintain it throughout the day. If possible, get rid of anything that has a distracting effect. Every morning or evening, make a list of tasks that need to be solved during the working day, if your work allows you to do so. Prioritize your tasks, and decide which ones are worth doing in the first place. Make a schedule and stick to deadlines.
Tip #3: Make sure you get enough sleep
To avoid the negative effects of exhaustion and stress, you need time for your body to recharge and return to its optimal level of functioning. The need for sleep varies from man to man, but the average requirement is 8 hours. If you have serious sleep problems, see your doctor.
You will have less chance for stress if you feel rested. If rest, work, and daily activities don't fit into 24 hours, you have to sacrifice something to make it all happen.
Doctors often recommend avoiding phones, tablets, laptops, emotional reading, and vigorous exercise before bed, and it does help. But everyone is different, and if you need to watch an episode of your favorite series in order to doze off, that may be okay.
Other tips that may help you:
● Set your own boundaries between work and your personal life.
● Don't answer emails outside of business hours.
● Make sure to be more physically active while at work.
● Rest whenever possible.
● Build positive relationships with coworkers at work.
● Limit your coffee intake if you drink more than 3 cups a day.
● Choose a hobby that will help you relax and make your work more effective.
Stress plays an important role in our work. Depending on its level, we cope with work more successfully or vice versa. If you experience a lot of stress, it not only interferes with your professional performance but it can also cause erectile dysfunction.
Nowadays, most cases of ED are treatable regardless of their cause. PDE5 inhibitors such as Cialis, Viagra, or Levitra are first-line therapies for psychogenic erectile dysfunction. Lifestyle changes, combined with psychological help, can have long-term benefits in improving sexual health.