Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get and maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse.
This is very common, most often in older men. Approximately half of all men aged between 40 and 70 will experience ED to a certain degree.
Most men will experience episodes of erectile dysfunction at some point in their life. However, as you get older, it is more common and more likely to become a problem.
It may have an impact on the quality of life of the sufferer.
Experiences of ED are different for different men. Some men are not able to get an erection at all. Others can get one, but it is not hard enough for sex. And others get a hard erection, but lose it before or during sex.
Causes of ED:
Both physical and psychological causes can lie at the root of erectile dysfunction. Physical causes may include:
- narrowing of the blood vessels going to the penis – This is often associated with hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol levels and diabetes
- hormonal problems
- surgery and/or injury
Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction may include anxiety about sexual performance, depression, relationship problems and stress.
How can ED be treated?
Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition. So, in most cases, erections will not improve without treatment.
Erectile dysfunction is primarily treated by tackling the main cause of the problem the patient is experiencing, whether this is a physical or psychological problem. In certain circumstances, erectile dysfunction may be overcome by making improvements to your physical and/or psychological well-being.
Several treatment options have proved very successful.
Vacuum pumps that encourage blood to flow to the penis and cause an erection are available.
Psychological treatments may include cognitive behavioural therapy and sex therapy.
Medication can be used to successfully manage erectile dysfunction in at least two-thirds of men.
Prescription treatments for ED are available through totalpharmacy’s online doctor service.