Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, or ED is the inability of a man to maintain an erection firm enough for sexual activities. The coordination of nerves, blood vessels and muscle in the penis is required to achieve an erection. ED can be caused by a variety of factors, often in combination. This includes neurological, hormonal, and vascular diseases, as well the natural ageing, certain chronic diseases, and many medications. Stress, depression, and performance anxiety are all psychological issues that play a part in almost every case of ED.

Men with ED report a low level of sexual desire, and have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. These issues can affect sexual intimacy, and negatively impact self-image and relationships. Studies show that ED increases with age.

A medical professional may be able to determine the cause of the problem, and provide effective treatment. Physical examinations can reveal medical conditions that are underlying, such as atherosclerosis or nerve damage in the spinal cord. They may also show signs of prostate cancer surgery or pelvic organ disease. Neurologic conditions such as multiple sclerosis or nerve damage caused by stroke, diabetes, or other medications can also cause ED. Another cause of ED is a symptom of a psychological disorder, such as depression, anxiety or stress. However, these conditions are rarer than physical problems.

The main symptom is the inability to maintain an erection firm enough for sexual activity. Other symptoms of ED include stiffness and decreased pleasure when sexually active. ED can also cause men to have problems with urination or defecation.

The treatment for ED begins with a medication that blocks a chemical in the body which breaks down erections. PDE5 inhibitors are available on prescription. These drugs are more effective and less side-effect prone than many other treatments. PDE5 inhibitors are available in two forms: by injection into the penis or as a pill.

Alprostadil is an injection that can be given by a doctor if PDE5 drugs don’t work or are not available due to health issues. It helps blood flow in the penis and produces an erection. The cream version of this medication can be applied directly to the skin.

Vacuum erection devices can be used by those who are unable to get an erection using medication. The device consists of an acrylic cylinder filled with lubricant that is placed on the penis. The cylinder is then vacuumed by a pump, while a band at the base helps maintain an erection.

If a person is unable to get or maintain an effective erection they can still experience sexual intimacy through cuddling, oral sex, and genital caressing. These methods are used by most people with ED. Some even report experiencing orgasm if they cannot maintain a rigid erection during penetrative sex.
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