Erectile dysfunction is the inability to maintain or even get an erection. It is also called impotence.
Impotence affects many older men due to their age. Men between ages of 40 and 70 are the ones who are frequently affected with it. Half of the men who are between these ages are affected with erectile dysfunction to some degree.
When to see your General Physician (GP)
For a person who has erectile dysfunction for a couple of weeks, it is important to check your GP. It will enable you assess your general health because if you have erectile dysfunction for many weeks it could be a sign of a serious disease like heart disease. This is because your blood supply could have been blocked in your body.
Why does erectile dysfunction happen?
Impotence can be because of different causes that can be either psychological or physical. Physical causes include:
Narrow blood vessels causing less blood to flow to the penis. This can be associated with diabetes, high cholesterol or high hypertension.
Surgery or injury
Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction include:
Some of the ways you can know if you have which type of erectile dysfunction can be for instance, if you have an erection during masturbation or you wake up in the morning and find yourself with an erection and you can’t get an erection before sex, the cause of erectile dysfunction can be due to psychological causes.
If by any chance you can’t get an erection under any of the above circumstances, then your erectile dysfunction could be due to physical causes.
Impotence can also be because of medical effects after taking certain medicines.
To diagnose erectile dysfunction, it is important that you check your GP though many people are usually embarrassed as being diagnosed with erectile dysfunction. A physician will ask you questions, do some simple tests and then have a physical examination.
How is erectile dysfunction treated?
Fortunately, due to technological and science advances, erectile dysfunction can be treated by tackling the cause of the problem whether psychological or physical.
If the problem is due to atherosclerosis, whereby your arteries start to narrow down and reduce in diameter, you can treat it by changing your lifestyle like you can lose weight as this will help reduce the fat in your arteries hence opening up your arteries. In the end, it will cure erectile dysfunction.
You can also use some successful medicines like Sildenafil commonly called Viagra. Vacuum pumps can also be used as they will increase blood flow into your penis, hence cause an erection.
Psychological treatments include sex therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
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