Causes, Symptoms and Treatments of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction, sometimes referred to as ED, or impotence is a condition that can keep you from getting or maintaining an satisfactory erection that is firm enough to have sexual intercourse.
What is Erectile Dysfunction
A mans erection is a crucial part of his sexual function. Being able to have and maintain erections is an integral part of a mans sexual interaction. From masturbation and self exploration as a child, to the first time he has a sex, to the long term sexual relationships, erections are a part of the mans identity. When something prohibits him from getting those erections it can cause serious damage to his psyche and self image. Even times affecting his relationship. These erections are so important to the man that if something happens and he can no longer perform, he will likely withdraw from sex altogether. This can lead to a distance in his sexual relationships and cause frustrations from all parties involved.
What causes ED
There are many causes of Erectile Dysfunction. Not every loss of erection is due to ED. There are many other factors that could potentially keep a man from getting an erection. Things like drugs or alcohol, stress and anxiety. His mental state alone could keep him from getting firm. But if none of these things seem to be the real issue then it is time to visit your doctor. Medical issues contributing to impotence could be prostate cancer, an enlarged prostate, or even treatment for prostate cancer. It could come from having high cholesterol as this could restrict blood flow to your penis. Another cause is high blood pressure. Things like diabetes or obesity can contribute to your impotence and even effect your self confidence leading to a lose in erection. If you have had surgeries to your pelvic region or spine you could be at risk of ED as well. More serious causes could be hypertension, cardiovascular disease, pelvic radiation therapy, Peyronie’s disease, and prescription drug use (whether recreational or prescribed).
Living with ED
There are more minor causes such as a lack of having a partner and even the quality of your relationship with your spouse. It is no surprise that if you and your partner are going through a rough patch, or issues, that it would be hard to get an erection. So what is a man to do when he loses that luster? Many men suffer from this condition and if you are experiencing it, well, you are not alone. You would be happy to know there are things you can do to improve your problems with ED. It can be hard on a mans ego to go speak to your doctor about these types of problems, but it is a necessary step to receiving treatment.
You and your partner must be patient and allow the process to take time. You can’t rush these things. It could cause even more psychological distress which is not helping the problem. But you first must be willing to tlk freely and openly to your health care provider about any health issues you may have, drugs you may be taking, and your overall mental state and state of your relationship. These are all contributing factors in your Erectile Dysfunction. There are many various treatments available. Through taking supplements, prescriptions, using pump devises or penile rings, to urethral suppositories, or more invasive surgeries.
There are other natural remedies. The remedies come from plants and herbs. Things found in nature that have been used for many hundreds of years. You need to be fully aware of the side effects of these methods and educate yourself on them to avoid any negative reactions.
Take your life back
If you are serious about taking back your sexual health then there are many options for treatment. You should try counseling with your doctor to get to the route of the problem. You would not want to take drastic measures if the issue is in the quality of your relationship or your mental state. It could be fixed simply by therapy. But your doctor would be the one to determine which route to take and which treatment is the most viable for your needs. So talk to your doctor today and get your sexual health back on track.
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Erectile Dysfunction and How It Affects Men
No man wants to think that his virility might be in question in any way, shape or form and for many men, the discovery that they are having problems with their erectile function is an extremely unpleasant and traumatic one. The ability to get and maintain an erection is generally considered, rightly or wrongly, to be a ‘mark’ of masculinity and being unable to do so is considered to be an embarrassment. It is usually no less traumatic for their partners, who may feel confused and rejected, especially if their loved ones are unwilling or unable to discuss what is happening with them and simply deliberately close down emotionally and physically.
Who is affected
But erectile dysfunction is undeniably a Thing. It is very common, and can and does affect men of all ages, races, nationalities, and levels of physical health and fitness. Many people make the mistake of thinking that impotence is something which only affects men of a ‘certain age’ or those who have poor health or certain medical conditions.. men who, young people may think, are too old to be interested in sexual relations anyway. Whilst it is undeniably true that impotence is more commonly found in men who are older or who have certain ailments it is dangerously naive to think that only these men are affected and younger and more healthy men should not be complacent.
Because of the taboo surrounding the condition, for centuries it has been shrouded in mystery. And yet erectile dysfunction has, presumably, afflicted men for all of human history and there have been many ‘remedies’, most of them unfortunately inefficient and some actively dangerous, that pertain to cure the condition. At best men may have been throwing their money away on something which did not work and at worse, they may have been risking their physical health by using devices or taking dubious and untried medications that have had severe effects on their health.
In the last two or three decades, more help has become available, however. These days physicians tend to be well versed in the condition and there is nothing shameful or embarrassing about having to see a doctor and ask for help! The most commonly prescribed treatments and the most effective, according to user testimonies, are the various medications that work by increasing the blood flow to the penis when intercourse is desired and thus producing an erection that can and will last for as long as needed.
So, for those who can’t or won’t take medication, is there anything else that is available out there? The answer is – probably not very much. There are various pumps and similar things that are marketed as being effective cures for erectile dysfunction but these are considered to be nowhere as effective as actual medication. Counseling can certainly help with the psychological aspects of the condition but is rather unlikely to effect a cure on its own. For those who have no desire to see the end to their sex lives just because of a physical malfunction then medication such as Viagra in South Africa is still the most effective solution. Such medications are suitable for the vast majority of sufferers and have been proven to provide a great deal of wanted relief and even to save flagging relationships.
Society and ED
The main problem surrounding the issue of erectile dysfunction is still the taboo factor. Getting anyone to talk about this problem can be very difficult. Every single sufferer probably knows another sufferer within their work environment or immediate social circle; in all probability, they know several. Every person, male or female, who has a partner who is a sufferer probably has friends and acquaintances who also have partners who suffer. But nobody wishes to bring this subject up as a polite after-dinner conversation. Why not, though? It is a perfectly normal and entirely common physical affliction and more openness about the subject could really help to dispel the taboo and the feeling of failure that apparently often accompanies it – and a subsequent rise in the number of people seeking the help that is so readily and easily available these days. Things are certainly improved from the dark days of a few decades ago but more can still be done.
Male Practitioner in Melbourne. My interests: erectile dysfunction, STD, female libido.