Words often cause stigma, so in order to promote healthy sexual attitudes and leave room for improvement, it’s important to use the right terms. In social settings, erectile dysfunction is often described as impotence. However, this word and its connotations may prevent sufferers from seeking help. By correctly identifying the problem as ED, the patient is more likely to get the assistance that he needs.
Although popular opinion groups ED with premature ejaculation, it’s a little different. Erectile Dysfunction is defined as either the inability to become erect or the inability to maintain an erection strong enough to complete sexual intercourse. This means the man may be aroused and erect, but he’s not firm enough to successfully sustain engagement with his partner. For such a patient, the ideal solution would be the ability to last longer in bed.
ED can arise from physical challenges, medical causes, and problems related to lifestyle. It can also be caused by psychological issues in the relationship. Medical reasons for ED might be pre-existing, or they might be previously undiagnosed conditions. Medical tests can rule out some of the more common causes, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, clogged arteries, hyperlipidemia, Parkinson’s, or Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Erections are caused by increased blood flow in the penile chambers. This means any conditions that affect blood flow can lead to ED. Prostrate disease and treatment can affect a man’s circulation. Certain prescribed medicines can also interfere with penile function, though this usually corrects itself once the dosage is completed.
Sleep disorders often disturb circulation, and this, in turn, can cause ED. Other medical causes might include damage and injuries incurred during unrelated surgery or cancer treatment. If the patient has experienced other forms of injury, they might cause ED as a side effect. Still, on the medical front, ED may be a natural result of ageing. There is also a condition called Peyronie’s disease which accumulates scar tissue inside the penis. This can block blood flow, resulting in ED.
When it comes to lifestyle causes, obesity can interfere with a healthy sex life by triggering ED. High cholesterol is a factor as well. Excessive misuse of drugs and alcohol can affect a man’s performance in the bedroom by disrupting the blood flow to his sexual organs. These substances can also affect his mental faculties, which could interrupt the brain signals that facilitate arousal and erection. Smoking is often quoted as a potential initiator of ED.
On a psychological level, ED can be a by-product of anxiety, depression, or stress. These causes can be cyclic because experiencing ED aggravates them. ED may be psychosomatic, resulting from communication problems and unresolved conflict within the relationship.