Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common problem for many men. Contrary to belief, it is not confined to older men, although it is most often seen in those beyond 50 years. In the following article, we will be looking at the symptoms and causes of ED, why it is always essential to seek medical help should you notice the symptoms., and what can be done to overcome or reduce the problem.
Before we move on, it may be helpful to understand how the male erection works to explain the causes of ED better.
How an Erection Works
We will be looking at methods of erectile dysfunction treatment later, but first, have you ever considered how an erection works? It’s not something we expect you to think about! An erection is a sexually aroused, hard penis that is stiff enough to enable sexual intercourse.
When the penis is stimulated – this can be by thought or touch and is inspired by hormones – extra blood runs into the penis. This blood fills two cavities, which makes the penis hard. In the case of ED, this is either reduced or does not happen at all. How do you know if you are suffering from ED?
Symptoms of ED
For example, if a man from Mesa cannot achieve an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse, finds he is not getting as hard as he once was, or can’t maintain an erection during sex, he is exhibiting the symptoms of ED.
At this point, things get complicated as not only are the possible causes of ED varied and many, but it can also be a sign of other often underlying severe health issues. Let’s talk in more detail about the possible reasons for erectile dysfunction.
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?
In searching for the causes of ED in men from Glendale and the surrounding areas, the doctor will want to know a lot of detail about the individual. This is because there are three distinct classes of causes for ED. These are physical health reasons, lifestyle and habits, and mental health issues. While age is a cause of ED, it is unlikely to be the sole reason, and there is usually more than one factor influencing the situation. The following are some of the physical health reasons why a man may suffer from ED:
- Being over age 50
- Having high blood sugar (Diabetes)
- Having high blood pressure
- Having cardiovascular disease
It should be noted that the above list is far from comprehensive, and more illnesses can cause erectile dysfunction. At this point, it is also worth knowing that certain prescription medications can be a cause of ED. Among these medications are anti-depressants – among the most commonly taken prescription drugs – some of which are directly responsible for ED. Now let’s look at what we meant by lifestyle and habits, of which the following can cause ED:
- Having high cholesterol
- Using drugs or drinking too much alcohol
- Being obese
- Lacking exercise
The above five possible reasons all link to each other in some way. High cholesterol levels are caused by poor diet and lack of exercise in the main, as is obesity in many cases. It is also a result of smoking and drinking too much. If a patient is to be treated for erectile dysfunction, he will be expected to adjust his lifestyle to help and refrain from smoking. Drug use cut down on alcohol, and begin eating a healthy diet and getting sufficient exercise.
Finally, let’s consider the emotional influences that can lead to ED:
- Relationship conflicts
- Stress at home or work
- Stress from social, cultural, or religious conflicts
- Worry about sex performance
The above are all important and need to be treated to relieve the patient of his ED problem, and with these mental health issues, counseling may be the way forward. Let’s now look at the various methods of treating ED in Phoenix.
Treatment for ED
Treatment for ED in men from Scottsdale may take many forms. The decision as to which will be the most appropriate will be arrived at during consultation between the patient and a doctor and will depend upon the diagnosis of the cause of the ED. Below, we look at four areas of treatment for ED and who they may be suitable for.
Therapy for ED
For patients suffering from ED because of mental health issues or concerns about sexual performance, talking therapy can be extremely helpful in tackling the issue. Many men who suffer ED do so due to such concerns, possibly influenced by their social group, and reassurance of expectation can go some way towards helping.
Men suffering from depression, anxiety, or stress through the general rigors of life and work are more likely to suffer from ED. This is because of the hormonal influence on getting an erection. In these cases, there may be a combination of talk therapy and medication.
There are oral medications that can boost the rush of blood to the penis that is necessary to gain and sustain an erection. There are many available, and the doctor will discuss this method and suggest medication if it is suitable for the patient.
The P-shot is an injection into the penis that involves hormone replacement therapy to overcome the loss of ability to become erect. This method is not suitable for all and, once again, will be suggested if the doctor believes it appropriate.
The latest method of treating ED is the GAINSWave, which uses high-frequency acoustic waves to stimulate the blood vessels and encourage fresh blood flow to the penis.
ED in itself is not dangerous, but it can be a symptom of more severe issues. This is why we strongly recommend that any man of any age who experiences the symptoms should seek a medical examination and diagnosis immediately.