Erectile dysfunction causes and cures


Among all the health problems that can dislodge any modern man, erectile dysfunction stands apart. The tragedy of this disease is that in society it is perceived as something shameful, that’s why in most cases a man remains alone with his misfortune.

Meanwhile, experts point out that the current medical methods for the treatment of erectile dysfunction not only return men the joy of full sexual life, but also allow achieving the desired result even in difficult cases – after two or three visits to the doctor.

Erectile dysfunction – what is it?

Erectile dysfunction implies chronic difficulties with the implementation of a full sexual intercourse. This can go both about problems with erection, and about the absence of ejaculation or orgasm, as well as other phenomena that prevent you from enjoying sex and satisfy your partner.

What are the risk factors contributing to ED?

There are several risk factors that contribute to the development of erectile dysfunction. So, problems with potency are often observed in smokers with experience, men with diabetes, coronary heart disease and hypertension, as well as those who suffer from depression, neuroses and some other mental disorders. Sometimes impotence is provoked by taking certain medicines, by a sharp change in diet or lifestyle, and by traumas and operations in the groin. Men who abuse alcohol and those who spend most of their time sitting at the computer or driving a car should also be prepared for possible problems in sexual life, which one day will destroy plans for a romantic evening.

Causes of erectile dysfunction

Doctors divide the causes causing impotence into two groups:

  • Physical (associated with a physical obstacle to the natural occurrence and maintenance of an erection),
  • Psychological (in which no physiological disturbances are observed in a person, and problems in sex are explained by stress, chronic fatigue or psychological trauma)

The most common causes of impotence are organic or physical- they are often associated with age-related changes in the walls of blood vessels. The fact that the mechanism of erection can be compared in part to the filling of the bath with hot water: when you close the drain plug and open the tap, the tank gradually fills up, and to empty it, you need to cut off the water supply and remove the plug. When vascular lesions (for example, cholesterol plaques), the process of filling the cavernous bodies of the penis – a kind of analogue of the bath – slows down, sometimes so much that the erection does not occur at all. If the cause of erectile dysfunction is a violation of the hormonal background, then under the escarpment there is the entire mechanism of excitation: a man may completely cease to be interested in sex.

How to treat erectile dysfunction?

Success in the treatment of ED depends on many factors, in the first place – on the reason that caused the disease. So, to cope with erectile dysfunction of psychogenic character in a young man is indisputably simpler than, for example, with severe organic impotence due to surgery to remove the prostate gland.

There are some means that are helpful for improving the situation:

  • Psychotherapy

The goal of psychotherapy is to remove the block that prevents a physically healthy man from performing a sexual function. Trustful relationships with a specialist help to find the cause underlying the disorder and overcome past negative experiences.

  • Drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction

In some cases, with organic erectile dysfunction, the prescription of medicines may be effective. For example, preparations from the group of phosphodiesterase inhibitors of the fifth type dilate the vessels of the penis, making it possible for an erection even in severe circulatory disorders.

  • Vacuum Therapy

This type of treatment involves the use of special medical devices that operate on the principle of a pump, which can pump blood into the penis (the preservation of the erection is achieved with the help of special compression rings).

  • Massage

Special types of massage and self-massage of the pelvis and pubic bone area have a beneficial effect on the tone of the vessels in the male genital area. Regular procedures help improve blood circulation in the pelvic area and positively influence the process of stimulation.

  • Exercise therapy

Training the muscles of the perineum is another way of the drugless treatment of erectile dysfunction. Due to a sedentary lifestyle, many men experience chronic stagnation of blood in the pelvic region, which disrupts the work of the vessels and adversely affects the erection.

  • Operative intervention

Unfortunately, in some cases, the treatment of erectile dysfunction without resorting to surgical techniques does not give the desired result. Currently, various models of implants have been developed that can reproduce a natural sexual function with a high degree of reliability and provide pleasure to both partners.



This article was written by Dr. Breslin, a private certified urologist and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a former research fellow at the Harvard Institute, and the author of scientific articles related to urinary incontinence and bladder control.
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