Erectile dysfunction is a common and easily treatable condition that affects many men, causing them the inability to achieve and maintain an erection of their penis, leading to dysfunction in their sexual activity. Commonly referred to as impotence, erectile dysfunction can play a serious role in a man’s self-confidence and esteem, as many who are affected by this condition may feel embarrassed or ashamed. Erectile dysfunction may place a strain on one’s relationships as their sexual life is impeded. Both partners may feel frustrated, unsatisfied as their physical needs are not being met, and a loss of intimacy. One’s partner may suffer emotionally, placing the blame of the erectile dysfunction on themselves, that their partner is no longer interested or attracted to them. The one experiencing the erectile dysfunction may feel inadequate in their ability to perform and satisfy their partner. These emotions can lead to misplaced anger, arguments, and resentments. Fortunately, however, the causes of erectile dysfunction are common, and the condition can be easily treatable, allowing one to return to normalcy and proper sexual function.
Symptoms of erectile dysfunction are straight forward, including:
Inability to achieve erection
Inability to sustain erection
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:
There are many factors both physical and psychological that contribute to a man’s ability to achieve and sustain arousal. Achieving erection involves a complex process includes the brain, hormones, nerves, blood vessels, and emotions. If either of these factors are askew, one can experience erectile dysfunction. Impotence is typically a side effect of a larger physical issue at play. Often an underlying physical or psychological condition is at the root cause of the dysfunction, and the dysfunction can be resolved with managing the root problem. These causes may include:
Clogged blood vessel
High blood pressure
Development of scar tissue inside the penis
Certain types of prescription medications
Excessive alcohol consumption
Sleep disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnea
Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
Depression, Anxiety, Stress or other mental issues
Treatment for erectile dysfunction may include treating the underlying health issue that is causing the erectile dysfunction, whether that be a physical condition or seeking psychological therapy for issues with depression, anxiety and stress. In addition to treating the underlying conditions, certain medications are available for a more immediate, dependable solution. Drugs like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra work by increasing blood flow and relaxation, allowing one to get an erection when sexually stimulated. If the erectile dysfunction is caused by low levels of testosterone, hormone therapy or testosterone supplements may be prescribed.
The best course of action for any condition is always prevention. To help prevent erectile dysfunction, it is important maintain a healthy weight, follow a healthy diet, and exercise regularly. Any medical conditions should be managed by a physician, especially those related to weight, heart disease, diabetes or chronic illness. The use of drugs and tobacco should be avoided, as well as drinking in excess. Stress, anxiety or depression should be managed, or dealt with through the help of a professional if needed.
Erectile dysfunction is a condition that many men are embarrassed to talk about and seek help for. The condition however is common and affects nearly 18 million men throughout the United States. Under the guidance and care of a physician, erectile dysfunction is easily treatable, and most men are able to return to normal sexual function.