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Reproductive Health for Men - Erectile Dysfunction

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

Reproductive Health for Men - Erectile Dysfunction

Today, this article is for all of the men out there. (Many of you are women, so please feel free to pass this on to your husbands and loved ones.)

I’m a big believer that the men in our society are so incredibly important. They are the carriers of so much stress and strain in our world and I believe that empowering the healthy qualities of masculinity is key for the health and wellness of us all.

In noting that, as a woman I want to make sure that I’m leaning in and supporting men in some of the needs that are often not spoken about.

Many men strive day in and day out for their families, for their communities and to stay strong in hard times. This means that their own needs fall by the wayside.

Today, I want to talk about one of the important reproductive issues that many men face so we can bring awareness and help out some of those men who do so much for us!

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

I know some of you are turning around to make sure no one sees you reading this article. But please don’t worry, this is a natural part of the human experience and it’s important for us to be educated about our bodies health.

“Erectile dysfunction is defined as the persistent inability to achieve or maintain penile erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance.” (Article 1.) This has been explored and found to be in direct correlation with physical problems, normally in affect of the bodies ability to allow proper blood flow to the penis.

Now what does this look like in terms of who it affects? Well, let’s just say that it impacts many, many, of the men that we have in our lives.

“The Massachusetts Male Aging Study surveyed 1,709 men aged 40–70 years between 1987 and 1989 and found there was a total prevalence of erectile dysfunction of 52 percent. It was estimated that, in 1995, over 152 million men worldwide experienced ED. For 2025, the prevalence of ED is predicted to be approximately 322 million worldwide.”

It’s a big deal and one that impacts everyone at one point or another, whether that’s you, a loved one, or your very own partner.

What causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction involves abnormalities in the penile arteries, veins, or both. This is the most common cause, especially with older men. This basically means that the parts of your body that allow blood to flow to the penis to allow for an erection are blocked or reduced in their ability to perform as they need to.

Here are some other factors that can increase the risk of ED:

  • Drugs (especially drugs that reduce circulation or increase inflammation.)

  • Nerve Problems - This can include Diabetes, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, heavy metal poisoning, spinal cord and nerve injuries, etc.

  • Depression - “Because there is a triad relationship between depression, ED and cardiovascular disease, men with depression should be fully evaluated for medical illness as well as psychological factors.” (Article 1.)

  • Diabetes

What are some additional risk factors for Erectile Dysfunction?

How does Light Therapy help?

Increased blood flow is one of the greatest benefits of light therapy. The lights actively increase circulation to allow for your body to regulate and care for itself during a session when your body interacts with the different wavelengths of light. During this time it devotes its energy to circulation, ATP production, and cellular healing.

The circulation issues that cause erectile dysfunction are then mitigated and successfully remedied so that you can perform in the way you want with your loved one.

What does the science say about light therapy?

A test performed with two groups to test sexual disorders in men found that light therapy helped to increase blood flow and satisfaction with sex. “At baseline the two groups were comparable. After 2 weeks the group treated with Light Therapy showed a significant improvement in sexual satisfaction, about 3 times higher than the group that received placebo.”

Heads up, there are still tests that are being performed to see if it does in fact increase testosterone as well.

I’ve also worked with several clients who have experienced success in eliminating the ED diagnosis.

For all of the men out there, thank you for all that you do in the world. I hope this weeks topic was helpful for you and helps you feel seen and heard. If there is anything that any of you need, I’m just a call away.

With Love,

~Lisa Chadsey


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