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Erectile Dysfunction - A Nightmare For Every Male

Published on Jul 20, 2015 and last reviewed on May 24, 2022   -  5 min read


This article stresses upon the fact that erectile dysfunction is as manageable and treatable as other physical and mental ailments.

Erectile Dysfunction - A Nightmare For Every Male

Men in every culture and society are too concerned about their sexual strength. Performance in the bed is one of the main essential criteria to determine sexual courage. In the olden era as well, males were judged based on their sexuality. This is a natural selection running from humanity's origin to determine one male's dominance over the other, hence claiming the right to procreate.

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is one of the most prevalent sexual health-related problems faced by men. A whole multibillion industry is thriving on this problem, marketing various products claiming to improve the performance. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as difficulty obtaining and maintaining an erection during sexual activity and has noticed a marked decrease in erectile rigidity in all or almost all (75–100%) sexual encounters. The prevalence estimates of ED had ranged from 10-45%. With age, the incidence of ED also increases such that, in men, less than 40 years of age, 1-10% develop ED, whereas in men more than 70 years of age, about 50% complain of having ED.

Comorbid conditions which can occur along with ED are:

What are the Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

The symptoms of Erectile dysfunction may include trouble sustaining an erection where the symptoms are persistent and may include:

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

1. Genetic Basis:

Involvement of ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) gene and Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS) gene.

2. Neurobiological Basis:

3. Psychological Factors:

4. Social and Environmental Factors:

Status and dominance issues, intimacy and trust, loss of sexual attraction, low socioeconomic status, lower education are the common factors associated with ED.

5.Side Effects Due to Medicines:

ED can be a side effect of several common medicines, like:

What Are the Risk Factors For ED?

Risk factors for ED include having medical conditions such as:

How To Diagnose Erectile Dysfunction?

Diagnosis of ED includes self-reporting of difficulties in erection during masturbation, morning erections, and partnered sex, complete medical evaluation and blood work (fasting blood glucose, lipid profile, cholesterol, prolactin, total testosterone, thyroid profile, prostate-specific antigen), manual inspection of penis and testicles, and nerve conduction studies to rule out any organic cause of ED. The other tests include:

What Are the Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction?

Treatment of ED includes both somatic measures as well as psychological measures.

1. Somatic Measures:

Mechanism of action of somatic measures is to increase the vascularity in the penis, resulting in engorgement of blood vessels via relaxation of smooth muscles, hence resulting in increased tumescence and rigidity.

2. Psychological Measures:

Besides this, weight loss and regular physical exercise also show reasonable responses in mild to moderate cases. Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption, as they also contribute to the development of ED. The best modality of treatment is the combination of somatic and psychological measures to treat comorbid conditions for complete recovery of premorbid sexual performance. Last but not least, ED is just as treatable as other mental and physical ailments. Certain exercises can help with ED, like kegel's exercise, aerobic exercise, and yoga.

The following foods have been observed to help manage erectile dysfunction:

What Are the Complications of Erectile Dysfunction?

Complications usually result from poor sexual life:

How To Prevent Erectile Dysfunction?

To prevent ED:

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