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What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is a common problem where a man finds it hard to get or keep an erection. It’s usually nothing to worry about, but you should see a GP if it keeps happening. It could be a sign of a more serious problem.
Erectile dysfunction symptoms
You may have ED if you regularly have:
- Trouble getting an erection
- Difficulty maintaining an erection during sexual activities
- Reduced interest in sex
Other sexual disorders related to ED include:
- Premature ejaculation
- Delayed ejaculation
- Anorgasmia, or the inability to achieve orgasm after ample stimulation
Speak with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they’ve lasted for 3 or more months. They can help determine whether your symptoms are caused by an underlying condition that requires treatment.
Erectile dysfunction causes
There are many possible causes of ED, and they can include both emotional and physical conditions. Common causes include:
- Being over the age of 50
- Cardiovascular disease
- Having high blood sugar levels (Diabetes)
- High cholesterol
- Smoking or other tobacco products
- Low testosterone levels or other hormone imbalances
- Kidney disease
- Relationship problems
- Certain prescription medications, such as those used to treat high blood pressure or depression
- Sleep disorders
- Drug use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Certain health conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Damage to the pelvic area through injury or surgery
- Peyronie’s disease, which causes scar tissue to develop in the penis
ED can be caused by only one of these factors or by several of them. That’s why it’s important to work with your doctor so that they can rule out or treat any underlying medical conditions.
How can I treat erectile dysfunction?
The Erectile Dysfunction Treatment starts with taking care of your heart and vascular health. Your doctor may point out ‘risk factors that can be changed or improved. You can work with a health care professional to treat an underlying cause of your erectile dysfunction (ED). Choosing an ED treatment is a personal decision. However, you also may benefit from talking with your partner about which treatment is best for you as a couple.
Your health care provider may also suggest treating emotional problems. These could stem from relationship conflicts, life’s stressors, depression, or anxiety from past problems with ED (performance anxiety).
Medicines used to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Medicines such as Sildenafil (previously known as Viagra) is the most common treatment often prescribed by doctors.
Other similar medicines to Sildenafil are Tadalafil (previously known as Cialis), Vardenafil (previously known as Levitra) and Avanafil (Also known as Spedra). All of these work in a similar way to Sildenafil.
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