Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction affects people more than they want to acknowledge. After all, who wants to admit that they are having Erectile Dysfunction problems?

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction or impotency is a fairly common problem. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 152 million men worldwide suffer from erectile dysfunction.

So what is it? What causes it? And is there a cure?

Male erectile dysfunction is the term used to describe the condition whereby a man consistently has a problem getting and/or keeping an erection long enough to complete sexual intercourse.

While many men may have occasional or temporary problems with erection, for it to be classified as erectile dysfunction, the problem would have to be occurring repeatedly over a period of time.

Erectile dysfunction has many factors that contribute to cause it. Many cases are due to other health related issues, and in some cases, the cause is purely psychological.

While age can also lead to an inability to get or sustain an erection, this cannot be termed as erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction commonly affects those who are suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or depression. In some cases, medicines used to treat high blood pressure or heart disease can also lead to impotency. Smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol can also be the cause of the problem.

In many cases, there is no cure for erectile dysfunction. However, if handled correctly, it can be treated quite effectively. If medicines are the cause, one can talk to one's health provider to suggest alternate medication. Eating healthy and appropriate exercising along with avoiding smoking and excessive drinking will also help.

There are various treatments available today. These include oral medicines, vacuum devices, urethral insertion tablets, injection therapy and surgical implants. While all these address the problem, they must be used only after consultation with your health provider as they could have fairly unpleasant side-effects.

When erection dysfunction is affecting relationships, psychotherapy could be used where you and your partner meet with a psychologist or psychiatrist to work out how your problems, sexual or otherwise, may be affecting your ability to have and sustain an erection.

Whatever the cause, addressing the problem and finding a solution will go a long way in easing stress and re-building possibly eroded confidence.

Erectile Dysfunction