Erectile dysfunction is a sexual disorder in which a man finds it unable to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It is prevalent for men to have some problems with erection at times, but if this condition progresses and persists for a long time, it should be treated. Many men experience erectile dysfunction at times of stress. This can be a sign of severe health problems which has to be treated by a professional.
The increased flow of blood causes an erection into the penis. During sexual excitement, nerves release chemicals that help improve the blood flow into the penis. The blood runs through the penile arteries filling the two chambers of the penis made of spongy muscle tissue (the corpus cavernosum). As the chambers get filled with blood, the penis becomes stiff, and the erection ends when the muscles contract and the accumulated blood is released back into the circulation.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) involves trouble in getting an erection. There is difficulty in maintaining an erection during sexual activity and also diminished interest in sex. Other sexual disorders include premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, or inability to attain orgasm.
Erectile Dysfunction causes may include both physical and mental conditions. They have cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high cholesterol and blockages in a man's vascular system, stress, and depression. It can also be due to alcohol consumption, smoking, or chewing tobacco. Research has shown that men suffering from ED are at a greater risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or circulatory problems in the legs.
If ED is affecting a man's happiness or his relationship with his partner, it should be treated earliest. The treatment should aim to fix erectile function, help circulatory health, and improve a man's life quality.
The treatment begins with a consultation with the doctor, who may point out the risk factors that may cause erectile dysfunction. You may be asked to change your dietary habits, stop smoking, quit alcohol or drug consumption. Lead a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise.
Treatment can also include solving emotional problems arising from relationship conflicts, depression, or performance anxiety.
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