Understanding Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

The inability to achieve or maintain an erection that is solid enough to engage in sex is referred to as erectile dysfunction or impotence. It is an emotionally devastating condition for many men. It can impact relationships and cause self-esteem issues.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is far more common than many men think. About 5 percent of all men suffer from ED, and that number increases to 15 percent for men over 70. Occasional ED is not a cause for concern, but if it is ongoing then you’ll want to seek medical help because it could indicate an underlying health condition.

For many men, it’s embarrassing to talk to a doctor about ED. However, if the disorder is being caused by a treatable underlying condition then it’s imperative that you undergo diagnosis. In many cases, heart disease might be the culprit. Left untreated, heart disease will worsen and can lead to death.

7. Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

The symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Trouble achieving an erection (especially one firm enough to have intercourse)
  • Inability to keep an erection
  • Low or absent libido

Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you are suffering from erectile dysfunction. You should schedule the appointment if:

  • There are concerns that your erections are not firm enough
  • You are suffering from sexual dysfunction such as delayed ejaculation or premature ejaculation
  • There are any other symptoms that are accompanying the erectile dysfunction

6. Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

The male sexual system is extraordinarily complex and involves not only the physical process of achieving an erection such as muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, but also the brain, emotions, and hormones. If anything is out of sync, then you might not achieve an erection. Stress can worsen ED and might even end up the cause of the disorder.

In many cases, ED occurs as a combination of physical and psychological issues. If you are suffering from fears or worries then they can lead to a physical impact on your sex life. In many cases, the situation can snowball. You might suffer from a minor physical problem which causes the ED but then you become so nervous that it will happen again that it starts to become a common problem spurred by anxiety and fear.

Other causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Obesity
  • Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
  • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Prescription medications
  • Tobacco use
  • Sleep disorders
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Low testosterone
  • Surgeries of the pelvic region or spinal cord
  • Prostate cancer
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug abuse
  • Treatments for prostate cancer
  • Low testosterone
  • Sleep disorders

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