Erectile dysfunction (ED)
There are many sexual problems like
1. Low drive or desire for sex
2. Premature Ejaculation
3. Erectile dysfunction
4. Impotence etc.
The focus will be on Erectile Dysfunction.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Erectile dysfunction also know as ED happens when a man has ongoing problems getting an erection and keeping an erection. Without treatment, ED can make sex difficult. The problem is reported by 1 in 5 men, and that number gets bigger with age.
Men can have several types of issues including poor sex drive and problems with ejaculation. But ED refers specifically to trouble getting or keeping an erection. You might have a healthy sex drive, but a body that won’t respond. Most of the time there is a physical basis for the problem.
Symptoms of ED include:
Erections that are too soft for sex.
Erections that are don’t last long enough for sex.
An inability to get an erection.
If you can’t get or keep an erection that lasts long enough or is rigid enough for sex, you have erectile dysfunction
Who gets ED?
Sexual dysfunction and ED become more common as you get older. Only about 5% of men age 40 have it. But the number rises to 15% of men age 70. This doesn’t mean growing older is the end of your sex life. Doctors can treat ED no matter your age. Age isn’t the only cause. Type 2 diabetes, obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure all make it more likely.
How does Erection come about?
You get an erection when blood fills two chambers known as the corpora cavernosa. This causes your penis to expand and stiffen, much like a balloon as it is filled with water. Impulses from the brain and genital nerves start the process. Anything that blocks these impulses or restricts blood flow to the penis can cause ED.
Causes of ED: Chronic Disease
The link between chronic disease and ED is most striking for diabetes. Men with diabetes are two to three times more likely to have erectile dysfunction. And it could start 10 to 15 years earlier. But blood sugar control can lower this risk. Any condition that affects the way blood flows through your body could lead to ED. This includes cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), kidney disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Causes of ED
Lifestyle choices can contribute to ED. SMOKING, HEAVY DRINKING, and DRUG USE disorder can damage the blood vessels and reduce blood flow to your penis. Being overweight and getting too little exercise also raise your odds. *Studies show that men who exercise regularly have a lower risk of ED.*
SURGERY, including treatments for prostate cancer, bladder cancer, or BPH, can sometimes damage nerves and blood vessels near your penis. If the nerve damage is permanent, you’ll need treatment to get an erection. But sometimes surgery causes temporary ED that gets better on its own after 6 to 18 months.
ED may be a side effect of medication, including SOME BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS & ANTIDEPRESSANT. Talk to your Pharmacist or doctor if you think a prescription or over-the-counter drug may be causing erectile problems. But never stop taking any medicine before you discuss it with your Pharmacist or doctor.
If you’re older, there’s probably a physical reason for your ED. But the causes can be in your head, too. Experts say STRESS, DEPRESSION, LOW SELF-ESTEEM, and PERFORMANCE ANXIETY can short-circuit the process that leads to an erection. These factors can also make the problem worse if your ED stems from a physical problem.
Lab tests can help diagnose ED. Blood cell counts, blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, and liver tests can reveal medical conditions that play a role in ED.
In some cases, ED can be a warning sign of a more serious disease. One study suggests it can predict heart attack, stroke, and even death from cardiovascular disease. If you’re diagnosed with ED, get checked for cardiovascular disease. This doesn’t mean every man with ED will develop heart disease, or that every man with heart disease has ED, but you should be aware of the link.
You may be able to improve your sex life with a few lifestyle changes. Giving up smoking, losing weight, and exercising more often can improve your blood flow. If you suspect a medication could be to blame, talk to your doctor about adjusting the dosage or switching to another drug
Some drugs can be used to treat ED.
They’re generally taken 30-60 minutes before sexual activity and should not be used more than once a day
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Even when ED has a physical cause, psychotherapy can help. A therapist can teach the man and his partner techniques to reduce performance anxiety and improve intimacy. Therapy can also help couples adjust to the use of vacuum devices and implants.
Talk with your Pharmacist or Doctor before trying supplements for ED. They can contain 10 or more ingredients and could make other health conditions worse. Some men say alternative treatments help them get and keep an erection. Unfortunately, the long-term safety of these products isn’t known, so most doctors don’t recommend them
A quick web search will reveal dozens of “dietary supplements” that claim to treat ED. But the FDA warns that many of these are not what they seem. These pills often contain prescription drugs not listed on the label, including the active ingredient in sildenafil (Viagra). This can cause problems if the medication interacts with something else you take.
These simple things can help lower your odds of ED:
Exercise and maintain a healthy weight.
Avoid alcohol and substance abuse.
Keep diabetes under control.
Though you’re the one with ED, your partner is also affected. Talking openly about ED will help your partner understand the diagnosis and treatment options. This can reassure them that you haven’t lost interest