Some men cannot get an erection or keep it long enough to have sex. Not having an erection in times of stress or sadness is natural. But erectile dysfunction is a condition where the problem becomes chronic which means that one always has a hard time getting an erection.
Erectile dysfunction can have a traumatic effect on a man’s psyche and make him think he is impotent. It can also lead to intimacy issues in a relationship. In addition to causing problems in a relationship, erectile dysfunction can also be a sign of an underlying health condition.
Erectile dysfunction can be the result of any of these conditions that require immediate treatment.
- Heart problems
- Clogged blood vessels
- High levels of bad cholesterol
- Parkinson’s disease
- Sleep disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
What increases the risk of erectile dysfunction?
These are some factors that make erectile dysfunction more likely.
- Tobacco use constricts blood vessels and reduces the blood supply to the penis.
- Obesity also reduces blood flow to the penis.
- Prostate cancer surgery or radiation therapy.
- An injury that damages the nerves or arteries connected to the penis.
- Surgery that affects the spinal cord or nerves.
- Drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs.
How is erectile dysfunction diagnosed?
First, a health professional will ask detailed questions about your symptoms and medical history. Is there a test to detect erectile dysfunction? Your doctor may ask you to do some tests, such as blood tests, ultrasound, or the nocturnal swelling test of the penis.
Is erectile dysfunction curable?
Fortunately, erectile dysfunction can be controlled. If the cause of this disorder is psychological, sex counseling can help. Talking to a therapist will help you overcome the mental blocks that are preventing you from getting an erection.
If ED is caused by some medicines you are taking, your doctor may lower the dose of these medicines or change the medication.
Depending on your underlying condition, medications can be herbal or allopathic. You can decide which one you want to go for and talk about it with your doctor.
Treatment may also include therapy. It is very important to note here that erectile dysfunction is nothing to be ashamed of. With the right treatment, you can have a normal and happy sex life.