Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition in which a male has persistent problems in achieving an erection of the penis. It is a very common medical condition, and it can make sexual intercourse impossible. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can occur at any age, According to some studies, approximately18 to 30 million men are affected.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:
There are various causes of erectile dysfunction, and some of the leading causes are described below:-
Chronic Diseases: Chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis and Kidney Diseases interfere with the blood flow and nerves of the body.
Lifestyle Choices: Lifestyle choices such as smoking, obesity, and alcoholism can impair the blood flow and result in erectile dysfunction. Smokers have almost twice the risk of erectile dysfunction as compared to non-smokers. Men who work out daily are less prone.
Surgeries: Surgical treatments and radiation treatments for prostate cancer, or aggressive Bladder cancer can damage blood vessels and nerves near the penis. Sometimes, surgery causes temporary erectile problems, and the condition improves on its own after 6-7 months.
Medicines: Medications such as anti-hypertensive drugs, anti-depressants, and some tranquilizers can also cause erectile problems in men.
Occupations: Avid cyclists are more prone to erectile dysfunction than other men. They ride on bicycles for many hours, and bicycle seats put pressure on the nerves that are very important for a normal erection and sexual arousal.
Diagnosis of Erectile Dysfunction
A complete medical history, physical examination and genital examination help the doctor in establishing the diagnosis. Many lab tests are also very helpful in detecting the cause of this disease such as testosterone levels. Other tests which are advised are Complete blood count, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels.
Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Lifestyle Changes: Often males with erection problems can improve their condition by making only few lifestyle changes. Cessation of smoking, weight loss, and regular workout can help in improving the blood flow.
Injections: There are also many injectable drugs and medicines. Some men sustain much stronger and longer erections by injecting these drugs directly into their penis. Injectable drugs work by dilating the blood vessels and thus causing the penis to become more engorged with blood. Muse pellets are also used now a day, and they can stimulate erection within 10 minutes.
Surgery: If there is obstruction of the artery of the penis, then surgery can be used to treat the condition.
Acupuncture: Some studies have found that Acupuncture can be very beneficial for men experiencing ED as oppose the adverse effect of anti-depressants such as SSRIs.
Reduce your risk of Erectile Dysfunction
If you want to reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction, workout and maintain a healthy and fit body, stop smoking and avoid alcohol.
A Las Vegas Urologist such as Dr. Lawrence Newman can help you with this issue.