Signs and Symptoms of ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
Erectile dysfunction (or impotence) is a man’s inability to get or keep an erection that allows sexual activity with penetration. Erectile dysfunction is not a disease, but a symptom of some other problem – physical, psychological or a mixture of both.
Don’t worry about occasional failure to get or keep an erection. This is normal. Some of the causes include drinking too much alcohol, anxiety and tiredness. Unless it continues, there is no reason to be concerned. However, ongoing erectile dysfunction should be investigated by a doctor.
Treatments for erectile dysfunction include medications given orally (usually tablets), counselling, vacuum penile pump devices, injections directly into the penis, and penile prosthetic implants.
An erection starts when sexual stimulation causes the brain, nerves, blood vessels, and hormones to send impulses to muscles surrounding two chambers of spongy tissue in the penis known as the corpora cavernosa. Those muscles then relax, allowing blood to flow into the spongy tissue and making the penis expand, resulting in an erection. Another group of muscles closes off blood flow once erection is achieved, allowing a man to maintain his erection.
Physical erectile dysfunction happens over a period of months or years, and is often a gradual loss of function. If erections still occur spontaneously overnight or in the morning, the problem may be psychological.
Erectile Dysfunction can be due to:
1. Physical illness – erectile dysfunction is frequently associated with conditions affecting the blood flow in the penis. Diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), cigarette smoking and obesity are often involved, and there is a strong association between erectile dysfunction and cardiac (heart) disease. Men who have multiple sclerosis may also experience erectile dysfunction
2. Unhealthy lifestyle: Smoking, being overweight, being sedentary, and other unhealthy habits contribute to the diseases that cause erectile dysfunction.
3. Emotional issues: Problems from stress at work to disorders like depression and even the fear of being unable to perform sexually may explain as many as 20 percent of cases of erectile dysfunction.
4. Unknown – in a few cases, neither physical nor psychological causes are obvious. Vascular disease is likely to be the underlying cause in these cases
5. Surgery: Damage to the nerves, arteries, and organs necessary for achieving and maintaining erection can be a side effect of some surgical procedures.
Natural Solution for Erectile Dysfunction
Before taking any medication for erectile dysfunction, including over-the-counter supplements and herbal remedies, get your doctor's OK. Medications for erectile dysfunction might not work or might be dangerous if you:
1. Take nitrate drugs — commonly prescribed for chest pain (angina) — such as nitroglycerin (Minitran, Nitro-Dur, Nitrostat, others), isosorbide mononitrate (Monoket) and isosorbide dinitrate (Dilatrate-SR, Isordil)
2. Have very low blood pressure (hypotension) or uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension)
3. external vacuum penile pump devices to create blood flow
4. Injections directly into the penis (such as Caverject Impulse ®)
5. Penile prostheticimplants
6. Oral medication (tablets) such as Viagra®, Cialis® and Levitra®
7. Changing your prescription medication if it is the cause
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