Erectile dysfunction: causes and symptoms

Erectile dysfunction: causes and symptoms

The causes of erectile dysfunction and erectile dysfunction treatment
Problems with getting and/or maintaining an erection sufficiently strong enough to have sex are extremely common and affect millions of men at some point in their lives. The causes can be physiological or psychological and are often related to the blood supply to the penis. Understanding the common causes of erectile dysfunction or impotence can help you identify why you may be experiencing this upsetting and worrying problem.

A common problem

Men often prefer not to talk about erection problems, which may create the impression that you are alone. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is part of ageing and it is estimated that over half of all men in the UK aged between 40 and 70 suffer from some form of erectile dysfunction.

The causes of erection dysfunction

A psychological problem is sometimes the cause. In that case, a sexologist can offer a solution. However, there a physical cause is more likely to the cause of the problem.
A narrowing and/or reduced elasticity of the blood vessels, for example, can cause problems with the blood supply to the penis. As less blood flows to the penis, the erectile power decreases.

An unhealthy lifestyle, smoking, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, excessive alcohol consumption, drugs and certain medicines can all play a role in erectile dysfunction causes.

Erectile dysfunction causes are linked to an unhealthy lifestyle and if you have several unhealthy factors, the probability correspondingly increases:

  • Overweight (BMI> 30): the risk is 4 times higher
  • Smoking: the risk is 4 times higher
  • Smoking and being overweight: the probability is 16 times greater
  • High blood pressure and smoking and being overweight: the risk is more than 16 times greater

Impotence should not be ignored

Erectile dysfunction can be very drastic for a relationship and for the self-esteem of the man. Performance anxiety can exacerbate the issue when the man feels anxiety about the act of making love. Self-confidence decreases, with the result that the man concentrates so strongly on that desired erection that the spontaneity and enjoyment of sex are lost. This can ultimately lead to the man avoiding sex and any form of intimacy which can be disastrous for a relationship.

Erectile dysfunction cures

If a physical problem forms the basis of impotence, the good news is that there are many erectile dysfunction cures available: pills, injection therapy or an erection pump. The different types of erectile dysfunction treatment have various advantages and disadvantages, so making the right choice is very important.

Erection pills
Four different erection pills are currently available the most widely known is Viagra. Although they promote the quality of the erection, they are not always without risk: and these pills are not suitable for everyone. it is important to be aware that the pills that are frequently advertised for sale online do not have any guarantees that the composition is correct.

Injection therapy
Your doctor may prescribe Alprostadil, which is injected directly into the penis. It can also be used as a suppository, placed into the opening at the tip of the penis.

Penis pumps
A penis pump is a device that uses air suction to help achieve and maintain an erection by drawing blood into the penis. It’s not a cure but can help increase your ability to have sexual intercourse.

The most effective treatment of erectile impotence tends to involve more than a quick prescription of an erection pill because an erection pill does not solve the underlying causes.

Erectile dysfunction is often the first sign of unhealthy blood vessels.
It is becoming increasingly clear that impotence is not ‘just’ a local problem of the penis, but an expression of a disorder of all blood vessels in the body. It is wise to do thorough research to find a possible underlying cause.

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