Those of us who suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) are used to the usual cast of characters when it comes to treatment options: pills, pumps, injections. Even penis rings.

Don’t get me wrong: I have a great deal of gratitude for these products. Without them, many of us wouldn’t be able to perform in the bedroom at all. But medications and tools treat only the physical issues related to ED, and not the mental aspect.

In my experience, to truly thrive with ED, it takes more than just a physical fix.

Sexual identity & self-worth

An ex-girlfriend raised this point when we initially discussed that I was writing articles about sexual health. She said her biggest concern for me regarding my erectile dysfunction was the damage it’s done to my confidence and self-worth over the years.

I’m 43 and have battled ED for about one-third of my life. When you’ve constantly worried about something so