What is erectile dysfunction? The facts:

Erectile Dysfunction (or ED) is a condition affecting millions of men around the world- up to 52% of us will experience ED at some point in our lives. The chances of the condition occurring increase with age, with up to 70% of men over 70 experiencing ED at some point. While the causes of ED can be extremely varied, for the majority it will be a one-off occurrence and not cause for serious concern. If the condition continues for more than a few weeks, it may be necessary to consult a medical professional- although the root cause of the problem may still be minor.

 

What does Erectile Dysfunction (ED) involve?

Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection. Lack of interest in sex, premature ejaculation, low sperm count or other symptoms are not related to the condition itself (though they may be indirectly linked).

 

What causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by a very wide range of problems- covering medical, physiological or psychological complaints. Discovering the root cause of persistent ED can be a challenge, although some common patterns in men suffering ED can offer clues on how to prevent or fight the problem in the majority of cases.

Common problems connected to ED include:

 

  •        Hypertension and poor blood flow- this is possibly the leading cause of ED. Achieving and maintaining a strong erection requires blood to flow easily to the penis- meaning any narrowing of or damage to blood vessels, such as caused by high cholesterol or smoking, can lead to reduced blood flow to the genitals.
  •        Hormonal issues- in older men especially, reduced testosterone production can lead to failure to gain an erection, although this has been observed in younger men too. We’re starting to learn more and more about the effects of diet and lifestyle on this all-important male hormone, and lifestyle adjustments that can increase your body’s natural hormone production.
  •        Anxiety, stress or relationship problems- ED is unusual in that it can be caused by poor mental as well as physical health. A lot of men today suffer more stress and anxiety than they have previously. With the increased pressure of modern life, more and more men are suffering anxiety, stress and depression- conditions all commonly linked by doctors to ED. Personal problems, lack of attraction or difficulties in the relationship with your partner can also contribute to erection problems, while conversely pressure to ‘perform’ lead many younger men to suffer stress-related ED. As a depressant, alcohol can also play a psychological role in exacerbating these issues and resulting in erectile dysfunction.
  •        Tissue damage- scarring or other damage to tissues around the genitals can commonly cause erectile dysfunction. While less common than the other causes mentioned above, it can nevertheless be one of the hardest to treat, as blood flow cannot be restored by medication or other means of promoting blood flow, such as vacuum pumps. Nonetheless, steps are being made toward resolving cases of ED caused by physical tissue damage. One of the more common causes of tissue damage-related ED is surgery, such as to the prostate, pelvis or groin.
  •        Side-effects of other drugs- a wide range of drugs, and in some cases the symptoms treated, can cause ED. Always read labels for any medication and if in doubt consult a medical professional. Blood pressure medication, as well as antidepressants and epilepsy treatments are among the drugs most commonly known to cause erectile dysfunction.

 

Is it inevitable as you age?

As you age the probability that you will experience ED grows- this is because of reduced levels of testosterone production in older men. It is not uncommon for older men to never experience ED- millions of men will never have a problem. However these remain the minority in statistical terms- with 70% of men over 70 suffering ED at some point.

 

How many men suffer ED?

While experts can only estimate the exact numbers of men suffering ED in private, we do know the number of men seeking medical help. Based on these figures, the medical community accepts the number is large and rising rapidly- about 25% of men under 40 and up to 40% of the over-40s. Most medical experts agree the real figure for men suffering ED is likely far higher than this.

 

How can I treat ED?
Generally medical professionals seek to explore lifestyle and other low-impact changes that might commonly be related to erectile dysfunction. A healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, little or no alcohol, quitting smoking, and a clean and vegetable-rich diet is certainly the route to a happier and longer life generally. Nonetheless many men find lifestyle changes alone problematic or insufficient for treating ED. One of the most popular and widespread treatments for erectile dysfunction comes from a group of medications called PDE5 Inhibitors- these are trusted by millions of men to restore healthy blood flow to the genitals, and have revolutionised the way men fight ED. These treatments include products such as:

  •        Kamagra
  •        Eriacta
  •        Aurogra
  •        Vardenafil
  •        Valif
  •        Silagra

By restricting the action of excess enzymes inside blood vessels, these treatments promote healthy blood flow around the body- restoring the ability to achieve and maintain an erection. Additionally these treatments can promote improved blood flow for up to days at the time with a single dose- allowing versatility and convenience. For this reason many men have come to prefer the freedom offered by PDE5 Inhibitors over less flexible or more intrusive means of achieving healthy erections.

 

  

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