What is erectile dysfunction? It is the inability to get and maintain an erection long enough to have meaningful sexual intercourse.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can either be occasional or frequent. Occasional ED can occur in times of stress. Frequent ED is however a signal to serious health problems both physical and mental and may need professional help.
What are the causes of an erectile dysfunction?
ED can occur at the different stages of an erection. An erection results from increased blood flow into the penis caused by sexual excitement.
Erectile Dysfunction is caused by physical and emotional conditions. Some causes of ED include;
- High cholesterol.
- High Blood Pressure.
- Kidney Diseases.
- Cardiovascular diseases.
- Performance anxiety.
- Relationship issues
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Certain health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by one or a multiple of the above conditions. That is why it is very important to seek medical and professional help if you are dealing with erectile dysfunction.
What are the 9 questions one might be afraid to ask about Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction is an embarrassing topic to discuss. Men have ego when discussing sex and a lack of performance may cause undue stress. Some questions men with ED ask about themselves are;
- Is Erectile Dysfunction new?
ED has been around since time immemorial. People have not been publicly talking about it until American politician Bob Dole appeared on a Viagra advert in 1999.
- Is Erectile Dysfunction a common problem?
ED is a common issue among men, though not commonly and openly discussed. The National Institute of Health estimates that around 30 million men in the United States are affected by Erectile Dysfunction.
- What are the causes of Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction is caused by both physical and emotional problems. In summary, the physical conditions that cause ED are related to the damage of the structures of the Penis, including nerve, arteries, muscle and other tissues. We can sum up phycological and emotional issues to stress and depression.
- What are the symptoms of ED?
I can sum the basic symptoms of erectile dysfunction as;
- You can get an erection sometimes, but not always when sexually exited.
- You cannot get an erection.
- When you get an erection, it does not last long enough for meaningful sexual intercourse.
- What is the common age for ED?
We misplace the notion that erectile dysfunction gets people with advanced age. Approximately 10 percent of people below 60 have ED, another 22 percent of people at age 60 have ED, and about 30 percent of males 70 years and older have Erectile Dysfunction.
- Can I have sex if I have ED?
With treatment, one can still have sex when suffering from Erectile Dysfunction. The important point is you need to get treatment.
- Are there treatments for Erectile Dysfunction?
Yes, Erectile Dysfunction is not a permanent condition but is treatable when you seek medical help. Your doctor can come up with a treatment plan to your ED.
- How can my doctor treat Erectile Dysfunction?
There are different ways your doctor can treat Erectile Dysfunction. Your doctor can suggest lifestyle changes and changes to your prescription drugs to treat underlying illnesses and advice counseling. Your physician might also suggest the use of a vacuum erection pump to achieve an erection.
Surgery to implant ED devices is also another treatment avenue for Erectile Dysfunction and also repair arteries in the penis.
- What can my doctor prescribe for ED?
There are some medications your doctor can prescribe for treatment of ED that are taken orally, or through injection to your penis or inserting in your urethra. Some oral medications include Sildenafil, Vardenafil, Tadalafil, and Avanafil.
These medications smooth out your penile muscles and increase blood flow to the penis.