Ways That Technology Might Be Giving You Erectile Dysfunction

02-Impotence-and-TCMWe live in a world that requires us to use electronic devices almost continuously throughout the day for both work and pleasure. It’s common for checking your smartphone to be the very first thing you do every day, and it’s often the last thing you do as well. We use laptops, tablets, phones, and desktop computers for everything from spreadsheets to entertainment, and it’s common for people to go for years at a time without ever turning off all the electronic devices they use daily. Studies have shown that the constant use of technology late at night is affecting our sleep patterns, and further research is also pointing to the likelihood that it’s affecting us sexually as well. It sounds a little farfetched, but technology might be giving you erectile dysfunction.

Of course erectile dysfunction is not the only form of sexual health that our electronic devices can affect. Studies have shown that a man’s sperm count, and the health and vigor of the sperm that is produced can be affected by having a laptop computer in your lap for long periods of time during the day. More study is needed, but decreased male fertility can also bring on performance anxiety for couples that want to conceive a child but are unable to. Introducing any kind of worries into sexual relationships can bring on bouts of erectile dysfunction that might be helped by drugs like sildenafil, the active ingredient in both Viagra and generic Viagra, but will never really be addressed until the sperm count is restored to the level needed to conceive. If the woman blames herself for an inability to conceive she can also become depressed, making it even harder for a man to perform sexually on cue.

Our electronic devices allow us to take our work home with us, and that can have bad effects that can lead to erectile dysfunction. Almost all work involves stress, and being on duty around the clock is both tiring and stressful. One of the side effects of stressful situations is the production of adrenaline in the body. Adrenaline is like an anti-erection drug, and men that are constantly struggling with problems at work even when they’re at home can easily become a victim of at least temporary erectile dysfunction. While a doctor can prescribe sildenafil to help a couple who wish to have sexual relations without the fear of performance anxiety, he would probably counsel the patient to turn off the computer and smartphone once in a while and let his mind and body get a rest from stress as well.

Many couples bring smartphones and tablets into bed, and they can wreak havoc with a normal love life. At least a third of respondents to a survey say the last thing they see at night is a glowing screen, which is one of the least romantic ways to end your day. In addition, smartphones have a tendency to produce mindsets that also produce adrenaline in the body, a sure erection killer. It also reduces and degrades sleep, which further wears down the body and can cause erectile dysfunction on its own.