Erectile dysfunction is a topic that can be difficult for many men (and women) to discuss.
But having the right knowledge and understanding of the issue as well as knowing how to spot erectile dysfunction symptoms is crucial to your well-being.
So to help make sure you have the right information and are able to identify when you need to seek help, here is some basic information about urology and erectile dysfunction.
What is erectile dysfunction?
Put simply, erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve a full erection in order to have sexual intercourse. Although many people might find it difficult to talk about, it is a common affliction for millions of men across the globe. It is often a temporary issue with a perfectly reasonable (and treatable) explanation. However, left untreated it can cause emotional issues, increase stress levels, have a negative impact on self-confidence and damage relationships.
What are the warning signs?
A clear warning sign is the ability to have an erection. Other symptoms include the inability to keep an erection, the inability to achieve ejaculation or the loss of sexual desire altogether.
Erectile dysfunction causes
When it comes to treating the issue, knowing how to identify the causes of erectile dysfunction is half the battle.
Male sexual arousal is complex. It involves hormones, emotions, muscles, and the entire nervous system.
The causes of on-going erectile dysfunction can often be broken down into two major categories: emotional/psychological or physical. It can also be a combination of both.
Psychologically speaking, some of the major causes of erectile dysfunction can be stress, depression, anxiety, various mental health conditions and relationship issues.
Physical causes of erectile dysfunction can be due to conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, MS, parkinson’s disease. Behavioral causes of erectile dysfunction can be due to tobacco use, sleep disorders, drug use and alcoholism, among many other triggers.
Previous cancer treatment can also be a cause of ED.
What erectile dysfunction treatments are there?
Often, the issue of ED can be resolved by making healthier life choices such as exercising regularly, reducing stress, stopping smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs or talking to your partner about your fears and concerns.
If the issue is emotional, you may wish to see a therapist or even a couples therapist to work through some of your issues.
Physical causes of ED however, may require assistance from an experienced urologist, some men respond well to Viagra or Cialis tablets and others, however, prefer penile injection therapy or prosthetic surgery.
Penile prosthetic surgery, in particular, is highly effective in restoring confident sexual ability, particularly in older men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction as a result of diseases such as diabetes or treatment for cancer.