The Lowdown on Erectile Dysfunction
Causes And Treatment
Erectile dysfunction – also known as impotence – is common among all men, but most often experienced in those between the ages of 40 and 70. In fact, it’s thought around half of all men in this age group have struggled to obtain and maintain an erection at some point.
So what’s behind it? There are a range of potential causes behind this particular problem – both physical and psychological.
People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes can be prone to erectile dysfunction, as these conditions tend to narrow the blood vessels leading to the penis. Hormonal problems including underactive or overactive thyroids are also oft-linked to this issue, and people who suffer trauma like head injuries are also pre-disposed towards erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction is also linked to a number of common medications, including anti-histamines, beta blockers and cholesterol medication. Men who drink large amounts of alcohol or take recreational drugs can often suffer from erectile issues.
There can often be a psychological grounding to erectile dysfunction, too – problems in maintaining an erection are often experienced by men with anxiety, depression or those suffering relationship problems. Many men experience erectile dysfunction only under certain circumstances, and while they may be able to gain an erection in some situations (when masturbating alone for example), they can’t in others. In this case erectile dysfunction more likely related to stress, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or sex therapy is the best port of call.
Problems in obtaining and maintaining an erection can have a profound effect on self image and emotional state of mind – and can place a huge strain on even the most well-functioning relationship.
When it comes to treating erectile dysfunction, there’s almost too much choice out there. Doing your research is crucial, and it’s important get a proper medical diagnosis so you know exactly what’s causing the issue. Only then can you find the treatment that’s right for you.
Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors are the most common prescription treatments for erectile dysfunction, and work by relaxing the muscles and increasing blood flow to the penis. The most well-known of these is Sildenafil, also known as Viagra, with tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra) and avanafil (Spedra) also available.
The problem with these sorts of drugs is that while they can be very effective, theycan also cause side effects, some which can be rather unpleasant, and for this reason only its essential that these are only taken under the strict guidance of your doctor…
If you do not fancy running the risk of side effects, Or for that matter discussing a rather embarrassing problem with your doctor, There are a good range of more natural alternatives to Viagra and the like, some of these are available over the counter or online, they are very effective and being 100% natural in their formulation are unlikely to cause any of the nasty side effects associated with Viagra and similar drugs
Another alternative is the vacuum pump, which works by placing the penis inside the tube and pumping out all of the air, creating a vacuum that forces more blood into the penis ( the key to a good solid erection). A rubber ring is then placed
around the penis to keep the blood in place and maintain an erection for around 30 minutes. After using a pump nine out of ten men have been able to have sex, although they can be difficult to use in the first instance.
Treating erectile dysfunction needn’t be a big deal – simple changes like weight loss, improved diet, lowered alcohol intake and higher levels of physical activity can pay dividends when it comes to sexual encounters.
When it comes to treating erectile dysfunction, the more you know, the more you can do, so do your research and start working out a solution that works for you.