Erectile dysfunction or impotence is an inability to get & keep a firm erection for sex. Having erection problems from time to time is not necessarily a problem for concern. If erectile dysfunction happens to be an ongoing problem, but it may lead to stress, affect self-confidence & lead to relationship problems. Problems in getting erection could also signify some underlying health condition which requires treatment & a risk factor for heart disease.
Individuals concerned about erectile dysfunction should speak to a doctor about it. At some instances treating the underlying condition can reverse an erectile dysfunction. In other instances, medicines or the other treatments may be required.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction :
- Trouble having an erection
- Trouble in keeping an erection
- Decreased sexual desire
Do see a doctor if:-
- If you are concerned regarding your erections or you are having other sexual issues like delayed or a premature ejaculation
- If you are suffering from diabetes or any other health condition which may be associate with erectile dysfunction.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:
The sexual arousal of a male is complex process which includes brain, emotions, hormones, muscles, nerves & blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction could be a result of a problem with any of them. Similarly, stress & mental health concerns could lead to or worsen the erectile dysfunction
Sometimes combination of psychological and physical problems leads to erectile dysfunction. For example a small physical condition which slows the sexual response may lead to anxiety regarding maintaining erection. The resulting anxiety could cause or worsen the erectile dysfunction.
Physical causes of Erectile Dysfunction: s
In several cases, the erectile dysfunction is a result of something physical. Common reasons involve:-
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Clogged blood vessels or atherosclerosis
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome – it is a condition that involves increased blood pressure, increased levels of insulin, body fat surrounding the waist & high cholesterol
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Certain prescribed medications
- Use of tobacco
- Peyronie’s disease – growth of scar tissue within penis
- Sleep disorders
- Alcohol consumption
- Treatment of enlarged prostate or prostate cancer
- Injuries or surgeries which affect our pelvic part or the spinal cord.