is erectile dysfunction?
dysfunction is the persistent inability for a man to achieve
and/or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual
activity. Although previously called impotence, erectile dysfunction
is now considered a more appropriate term due to the negative
connotations some people attach to the word impotence. Many
men will have an occasional erection problem at some time in
their lives, but for others it becomes a frequent problem. This
condition is widespread, affecting more than 100 million men
dysfunction is not something to be embarrassed about. It doesn't
mean that a man is infertile or unable to have an orgasm or
ejaculate. Because it is an established fact that erectile ability
is not related to orgasm and ejaculation, men with erectile
dysfunction no longer have to be burdened by the myth that they
are somehow lacking in virility or potency.
dysfunction is a treatable condition in most men who have it.
While it is not a life-threatening condition even when it is
severe, it may have a very significant impact on a man's self-image
and a couple's relationship.
How do erections occur?
is the result of a complex process involving the body's blood
vessels and nervous system. The anatomy of the penis is specifically
designed to respond to this process.
is made up of two structures that start inside the pelvis and
run parallel to each other until they reach the tip of the penis.
These structures consist of spongelike tissue that contains
many blood vessels. Usually, the walls of these blood vessels
are contracted. This prevents extra blood from flowing into
the penis and keeps it soft most of the time.
man experiences sexual arousal, the blood vessels in the penis
expand. This enables more blood to flow rapidly into the penis.
At the same time, veins that usually take blood away from the
penis become compressed. This restricts how much blood can flow
out of the penis. With more blood flowing in and less flowing
out, the penis enlarges, resulting in an erection.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
with erectile dysfunction, the chemical reactions responsible
for erections do not take place as usual, so the blood vessels
don't relax sufficiently and the penis cannot fill with blood.
once mistakenly believed that erectile dysfunction was largely
a psychological issue or an unavoidable result of getting older.
While it's true that age can be a factor, erectile dysfunction
is by no means inevitable as a man gets older. Instead, we now
know that the majority of cases of erectile dysfunction are
associated with physical conditions. The most common risk factors
of erectile dysfunction include:
that make it difficult for enough blood to flow into the penis,
such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and
hardening of the arteries
from injury or illness that interrupts the connection between
the nervous system and the penis, such as spinal cord injury,
multiple sclerosis, stroke, or surgery for the prostate or
conditions, such as anxiety and stress
conditions, such as kidney or liver disease, depression, or
that may bring about erectile dysfunction as an unwanted side
effect, including some within the following categories: diuretics
(water tablets), high blood pressure medications, cholesterol-lowering
drugs, diabetes medications, anti-depressants, some types
of drugs used to treat cancer, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs), and epilepsy medications
smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and/or drug use
you want to know more about the specific causes of erectile
dysfunction, talk to your doctor.
Can erectile dysfunction be treated? Yes.
The good news is that regardless of the cause, the majority
of cases of erectile dysfunction are treatable. Patients now
have a variety of treatment options from which to choose, and
should discuss these options with their doctor.
do I know if I have erectile dysfunction?
have consistent erection problems, you probably already know
it. Before your condition can be treated, you need to get a
diagnosis from your doctor. There is no need to be embarrassed
or ashamed when discussing erectile dysfunction with your doctor.
Just be open and honest. If he or she has not brought up the
subject before, it could be out of respect for your privacy.
Your doctor should provide you with understanding, support,
and best of all, information.
will ask you a few specific questions and give you a routine
physical exam. This should help your doctor arrive at a diagnosis.
Based on this information, you and your doctor can decide which
treatment, if any, is best suited for you.
man's condition, a couple's concern
dysfunction doesn't only affect you. It can have a profound
effect on your partner. While erectile dysfunction is not usually
caused by a problem in a relationship, it can lead to problems
when it isn't understood or handled in a sensitive manner.
like many men, you may find that erectile dysfunction can lead
you to distance yourself emotionally from your partner. As a
result, your partner may get the mistaken impression that you
have lost interest or attraction. For this reason, it's important
for both of you to remember that the majority of cases of erectile
dysfunction are associated with a physical condition. So keeping
the lines of communication open can help maintain emotional
intimacy. Also, talking things over will help you get your partner's
emotional support in order to deal with erectile dysfunction
How do I discuss erectile dysfunction with my partner?
sit down with your partner and talk about the ways in which
erectile dysfunction may have impacted your relationship. This
can be an opportunity to share your feelings and let your partner
know that you would like to make things better~not just for
yourself, but for both of you. You may find that talking openly
about the problem may actually bring you closer together.
partner for support. Most partners of men with erectile dysfunction
are glad to help in the treatment process. Since erectile dysfunction
affects both of you, perhaps your partner would like to go with
you to your doctor's appointment. That way, you will both get
a clear idea of the condition and the treatment options that
are available. Then, you can talk them over and together choose
the course of action that's best for you and your relationship.
your life a better life Contact the Better Life Group designed
and hosted by blue