Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction or ED is the most common sex problem affect men sexual heath. It affects approximately 30 million men worldwide. ED is defined as trouble getting or keeping the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. It can be caused mainly due to chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis (or blood flow in the penis is limited with harmed nerves), medications, drinking too much alcohol, stress or emotional reasons or being too tired. Although, it’s not rare for a man to have some types of erections problems from time to time. It can cause stress, contribute to relationship problems and affect your self-confidence.

ED that is occurring routinely with sex or progressive is not normal and it should be treated. It can also be a risk factor for heart disease and a sign of an underlying health condition that require treatments. Men who have a problem with their sexual health may be reluctant to discuss with their doctor, seeing it can be an embarrassing issue. Consult your doctor without wasting your time, even if you’re embarrassed. Sometimes, treating ED on time is enough to reverse its bad effects. In other cases, your doctor may prescribe medications or other direct treatments.

Symptoms

Erectile dysfunction symptoms might include, trouble getting and keeping an erection that is firm enough for sex and relatively reduced sexual desire. Your doctor or an Urologist can help, if ED becomes a routine and bothersome problem for you. It also can be a primary warning sign of cardiovascular disease indicating the presence of blockages in a man’s vascular system. Some studies have shown that men suffering from ED are at significant risk of getting a stroke, heart attack or circulatory problems in the legs. It also can cause low self-esteem and depression.

Causes

Male sexual stimulation is a complex process that involves the brain, emotions, hormones, nerves, blood vessels and muscles. Problem with any of these can results an erectile dysfunction. Moreover, mental health concerns and stress can also cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. Sometimes a combination of physical and psychological issues can results in erectile dysfunction. For example, a minor physical condition that slows your sexual behaviour might cause anxiety about maintaining an erection. The resulting anxiety can sometimes lead to or worsen erectile dysfunction.

High blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, treatments for prostate disease, injuries in the pelvic area or spinal cord, hormonal disorders including thyroid conditions and testosterone deficiency and surgical complications can also be the other caused of ED.

Prevention

The best way to avoid erectile dysfunction is to manage any existing health conditions and adopt healthy lifestyle choices. For its prevention:

  • Manage your any existing diseases like heart disease, diabetes or other chronic health conditions.
  • Limit or avoid your alcohol consumption, stop smoking and never use illegal drugs.
  • Visit your health specialist for regular checkups and medical screening tests.
  • Work toward reducing stress.
  • Include exercise in your daily routine.
  • See your health specialist for depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns.

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