When most men become aroused, they get an erection. Looking at or hearing something sexy, a certain smell or a touch can instantly send blood into the penis making it hard and ready for sex. Some men do not have this reaction rather easily. Erectile dysfunction is the inability of a man to get or keep and an erection. Although undesirable, this is a fairly common problem among males and can be treated with a number of different options.
Signs and Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
Every man at one time or another will have trouble either getting an erection or maintaining it and this is considered perfectly normal. Stress or a traumatic experience can cause temporary erectile dysfunction, as well as indulging in a little too much alcohol previous to sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is diagnosed when this problem happens regularly for an extended period of time.
What are the Causes of Erectile Dysfunction?
The most common cause of erectile dysfunction is extreme drug and nicotine use. Other causes can be cardiovascular issues, diabetes, severe obesity or psychological issues. Stress can also cause temporary erectile dysfunction, as well as, excessive alcohol consumption.
Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction
Depending on the cause of erectile dysfunction, there are different types of treatment. Erectile dysfunction, due to psychological problems, is usually diagnosed when the man is still able to have erections while he sleeps, but not when in a sexual situation. Doctors may prescribe a combination of therapy and medication to help overcome whatever is bothering him psychologically. In some cases, adding exercise into the daily routine can significantly help with erectile dysfunction.
Medication, either prescription or herbal are usually suggested and most times successful. Consulting a doctor is recommended before taking any medication because depending on the cause of erectile dysfunction, different medications may be used.
As a last resort, usually when erectile dysfunction is permanent and a result from illness or age, surgical implants may be inserted into the shaft of the penis. These implants are permanent and cannot be reversed after they are placed. They work by inserting either foldable rods or inflatable tubes into the corpora cavernosa to simulate an erection.