Erectile dysfunction can be described as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection long enough to have fulfilling sexual intercourse.
An erection is achieved when there is sexual arousal and the brain sends nerve signals to the penis which in turn increases its blood flow, which results in the tissue expanding and hardening. On the basis that three factors are involved, that is, arousal, nerve stimulation and blood flow, if there is any disruption to any of these contributory factors then erectile dysfunction will ensue.
The cause of erectile dysfunction can be split into two areas, the psychological causes and the physical causes.
Treating the depression may help with the ED but bear in mind that some antidepressant drugs can actually cause ED.
There are a variety of medicines prescribed which can contribute to erectile dysfunction, some related to the other factors already contributing to the ED!
These include hypertension medication (treatment for high blood pressure), antidepressants and tranquillisers among others. If you are suffering from ED it is advisable to consult with your GP regarding any prescription medication you may be taking
There are several other lifestyles and behavioural factors that may contribute to the erectile dysfunction:-
For the psychological problems which may be causing the erectile dysfunction, we can consider individual counselling or counselling with your partner.
It may be that your doctor would advise sex counselling.
For physical problems that may be associated with the ED, the initial approach would be to treat any underlying conditions that may be causing the ED, for instance, hypertension, high levels of cholesterol or diabetes.
Aside from this, there are medications specifically designed to manage the symptoms of ED. There are several types around and it may be that you need to try different types and different doses before you find one that suits you.
These oral medications encourage better blood flow into the penis to aid erection; they are known as PDE inhibitors and brands such as Stendra (avanafil), Viagra (sildenafil). Cialis (tadalafil and Levitra (vardenafil) are amongst them.
Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/erection-problems-erectile-dysfunction/
Everything you need to know about erectile dysfunction (ED) https://www.healthline.com/health/erectile-dysfunction
What is erectile dysfunction https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/erectile-dysfunction(ed)
Symptoms and Causes of Erectile Dysfunction https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/symptoms-causes
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