Everyone’s life was disrupted when we were all aboard the COVID-19 boat, even our most intimate relationships.
Research has shown that the pandemic impacts both relationship quality (cf. Randall and Bodenmann, 2009, 2017), and the way intimate partners conjointly deal with stress (Falconier et al., 2015).
Relationship quality in turn is closely linked to many parameters of well-being, including psychological and bodily health. That is why it is important to maintain a healthy and intimate relationship during this time of lockdowns and strict restrictions.
In the restrictive and repetitive contours of everyday life under COVID 19, finding a way to connect is essential especially this month of romance and intimacy.
Sexual intimacy during these times helps people to enhance their lives and pleasure within the context of intimate relationships. This helps relieve stress and maintain a sense of connection with your partner.
However, some couples find it hard to keep the passion alive because of a condition that’s rarely talked about publicly, especially in the Philippines: erectile dysfunction (ED).
It’s often caused by underlying conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and low testosterone levels. And contrary to what many people might think, ED not only affects older men; it can affect younger men as well due to smoking and drinking.
Dr. Frederick Mendiola, a board-certified urologic surgeon with a subspecialty in minimally invasive urology and a special interest in sexual medicine, has brought to the Philippines a safe and non-invasive way to treat ED: GentlePro laser treatments.
GentlePro uses radial shockwaves to help develop new blood vessels and stimulate the area to be treated. Depending on the degree of ED, 5 to 8 treatments are needed to see a lasting improvement. This non-invasive treatment is virtually painless and has no downtime.
Dr. Mendiola also recommends the following lifestyle modifications:
- Get moving
“A sedentary lifestyle makes weight management more difficult, which is a proven contributor to ED. You can start by walking at least 30 minutes a day,” Dr. Mendiola said.
- Switch to a healthier diet
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish reduces the likelihood of having ED.
- Ditch the cigarettes
According to studies, men who smoke are twice as likely to develop ED than nonsmokers. Nicotine causes the blood vessels to constrict, which limits the amount of blood that flows to the organs.
- Monitor heart health
Hypertension, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol can damage the arteries, which prevents proper blood flow (thus causing ED).
ED is a common problem that is very treatable and should not be a cause for embarrassment. For a lot of men, initiating the first conversation about a very personal condition is the most difficult step. Know your options and have it treated as soon as possible by talking to a trusted urologist.
Schedule a consult with Dr. Mendiola by calling 0906-8844469. Message him on Facebook and Instagram (@docericmendiola).
Dr. Frederick “Eric” Mendiola, a board-certified urologic surgeon with a subspecialty in minimally invasive urology and a special interest in sexual medicine. Dr. Mendiola is a fellow of the Philippine Urological Association and one of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Endourology Society. He is a member of both the European Society of Sexual Medicine (ESSM) and International Society of Sexual Medicine (ISSM). He is a Urology Consultant at several leading hospitals such as St. Luke’s Medical Center BGC and Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center.
About the Author
Gina Costante is an editorial intern of SubSelfie.com and student of Broadcast Communication in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.