Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition, whereby a man is unable to achieve an erection or maintain one during sexual intercourse. It is also known as impotence in man. It is a common sexual condition, although it cannot be considered normal. Men who are affected by this condition are embarrassed over their experience and condition.
Yet they wish to express their sexuality not just at the prime of their lives but also beyond. However, there are some who are affected even when they are at their prime. Erectile dysfunction is condition that all men would not want to be impacted with in their lives. It is considered a very demeaning condition that belittles their manliness. When a man cannot achieve or maintain his erection for a satisfying sexual encounter, it is a great hit on their ego.
But the truth of the reality is, men who are affected by erectile dysfunction are not able to relive or experience great sexual activities as before, especially those between 60 and 80 years of age.
Possible Causes Of ED
There are many possible causes of erectile dysfunction. It could be attributed to the reducing amount of testosterone in the male’s body. Once a man hits 50, the amount of testosterone in his body begins to decrease; even if it is only by one or two percent. Any dip in the testosterone levels of a man affects his erection ability as testosterone is the primary hormone controlling the libido and sexual function of men.
Other possible causes of ED include stress, anxiety, depression, guilt, fear (especially of sexual failure) which are mainly psychological factors. Studies have shown that a decreased sexual capability in man can be attributed to deeper causes of psychology as well as physical handicaps.
Medically, it has been researched that your younger days’ lifestyle will impact your later years’ sexual performance. The urologist and the dietician are in agreement over the careless lifestyle and diets that are adopted in our lives.
Diet can impact a man as it does a woman; a woman may consider a diet plan with a different focus than a man but the type of diet can impact a man’s sexual ability throughout his life; even beyond his reproductive years.
Bad cholesterol from excessive fatty foods and fried foods with high alcohol consumption over the years with chain smoking and lack of exercising can impact your sexual ability over time. A sedentary lifestyle is also not helpful in maintaining your sexual prowess as well as your general health.
Males aged 30 and above are likely to be impacted adversely if their lifestyle has been unhealthy. Other high ranking causes of ED include diseases and health conditions such as diabetes, kidney problems, chronic alcoholism, atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, neurologic disease and vascular disease.
Seventy percent of erectile dysfunction stem from these causes. Various medications can also affect ED such as antihistamines, tranquilizers, blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, appetite suppressants and specific ulcer drugs.
Main Components in Erection
The fact is that there are 3 components which need to come together when a man were to experience erection. One, the nerves around the penis must be functioning well. Two, the brain has to be in some form of stimulation. Three, the penis must be receiving a sufficient amount of blood.
3 main Physical Causes and Reasons for Erectile Dysfunction
There may be hormone imbalances in the body which affect penis erection. Hormones related to the thyroid, testosterone or pituitary called Prolactin can impact a man sexually. These hormones are required to be in balance for the general well being of the body as well as impacting the sexual components of the body. Their imbalance causes the dysfunction condition.
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Poor Blood Circulation
If the blood circulation is affected by vascular based conditions like diseases, then erection is affected negatively. A common vascular based condition is hypertension or high cholesterol levels in the body, which hardens the arteries and prevents good blood circulation leading to erectile dysfunction.
Cardiovascular diseases can impact a man’s erection ability. In general, whatever is bad on your heart is bad on your penis. Your body organs are interconnected with the nerves and arteries; hence, a hardening of one or more arteries in your body may impact the artery transporting blood and nutrients to your penis and its surrounding system.
When there is a restricted flow of blood to your penis, you will not experience a satisfactory erection. In the long run, impotence sets in when the surrounding nerves are damaged.
Diabetes is another potential cause of erectile dysfunction. Studies record that 50-60% of diabetic men are impotent. Other nervous system diseases that can bring on erectile problems are Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries.
Consuming any unhealthy entity puts the body at risk and affects the sexual organ’s performance. One should decrease the consumption of alcohol based beverages, tobacco based products, or illicit drugs to avoid erectile dysfunction.
Men who continue with these unhealthy practices will experience problems in getting a full and longer erection for a satisfying sexual engagement. In addition to this, many over-the-counter and prescription medications could result in this penis problem.
If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction condition, you should first identify the root of the problem, before applying a plausible solution. You can consult a medical professional who may offer medications, or research on it from the Internet, which should be credible, before you take a natural course of action based on the information.
Overcoming Erectile Dysfunction
There are many ways to overcome erectile dysfunction. Consult your doctor for the best recommendation of treatment besides identifying the cause of your ED condition first. You can consider supplements or natural treatments depending on the actual causes diagnosed.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle with sufficient exercise or activities to develop and maintain your overall good health and optimum sexual ability. But you should ensure that your doctor is kept informed of your choices of treatment if you are not prescribing solely to his.
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