Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction also known as impotence, it is the inability or difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection that is sufficient or satisfactory for a sexual intercourse. It is a common disorder and it is often a result of inactive lifestyle and poor diet. It is treatable.
Erectile dysfunction also known as impotence, it is the inability or difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection that is sufficient or satisfactory for a sexual intercourse.
How common is erectile dysfunction (ED)
The occurrence of erectile dysfunction increases as men get older. Some statistics show 15 to 25 percent of 65-year-old men experience ED. However it is estimated that half of all men between the ages of 40 and 65 will have some experience of ED.
What causes erectile dysfunction
Usually ED is caused by some physical issue, such as drug side effect, decease or injury. Anything that damages the nerves in the lower body or impairs blood flow in the penis can cause ED. However the main causes of erectile dysfunction are diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), prostate surgery, hormone imbalance, alcohol and drug abuse. There could also be psychological causes to the condition and they include anxiety, depression, relationship problems and fatigue.
Diagnosis of erectile dysfunction
Many cases go unreported since the admission of ED can cause embarrassment, however it is quite important to notify a healthcare professional whom can diagnose ED so that the cause can be identified and dealt with. It can be diagnosed by answering a few simple questions, there may also be a standard physical examination and other simple tests, primarily aimed at learning the physical condition of the individual, measuring blood pressure etc.
Treatment of erectile dysfunction
ED is treated by eliminating the cause for ED, physical or psychological or both. Narrowing of blood vessels, the arteries is called atherosclerosis which is among the biggest causes of ED is mainly itself caused by detrimentally unhealthy lifestyle. Treatment therefore, suggested by doctors is usually altering the lifestyle towards healthier alternatives for example, quitting smoking, stopping alcohol abuse, getting more exercise. Obesity and being overweight carries a risk of cardiovascular decease which will often correlate with ED and it is advised for sufferers to attempt to to stay fit, as well as getting rid of the symptoms it may also change life overall to the better. Doctors may also prescribe medication to treat atherosclerosis, for example statins that reduce cholestrol levels and other drugs that reduce your blood pressure. There are several immediate effect treatment options that have evidently shown to be successful in tackling ED. Drugs, such as sildenafil (sold and better known as Viagra), help at least two-thirds of men.
Another treatment for erectile dysfunction are penis pumps that encourage enhanced blood to flow through the stem of the penis, they are also successful in 90% of cases.
As a side effect of regular penis pump usage, penis length increased by up to an inch among men who had suffered from erectile dysfunction.
Psychologically ED can be treated by reducing stress in life and through behavioral and sex therapy. Overall, treatments for ED have improved significantly in recent years. These days most people are eventually able to return to successful intercourse.