Erectile dysfunction (ED) has long been a problem for many men and is characterized by the inability of a man to develop or maintain an erection for a period of time during sexual excitement. Unfortunately, an increasing number of men are finding themselves suffering from some form of ED.
Signs and symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is typically characterized by the inability to obtain or maintain an erection.
Various situations can exist:
- Severe ED: Complete inability to develop an erection
- Medium ED: Able to develop and maintain an erection (such as when sleeping) but not consistently.
- Low ED: Able to develop and maintain an erection, however lacking firmness, hardness, or suffering from Premature Ejaculation.
Main Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
The most common reasons for erectile dysfunction are:
- Use of Drugs (including Nicotine)
- Psychological Causes (stress, performance anxiety, depression)
- Neurological disorders (brain injuries, stroke)
- Trauma (surgery or injury to the colon, bladder, rectum or even prostate.)
- Age (testosterone production and libido naturally decrease over time)
- Lifestyle choices (exercises, smoking)
How to Diagnose Erectile Dysfunction:
Given the number of physiological and potentially physiological issues concerning erectile dysfunction, it is difficult to test or diagnose this problem.Medical professionals can offer to perform blood tests to determine any underlying issues, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or a multitude of vascular diseases.
For most ED cases, the problems experienced by men are typically physiological or psychological that can be easily corrected. An easy way to figure out if you issue if physiological or psychological is to determine where you have ever had an erection. If you have had an erection, this means that an physiology is working correctly and the issue may be purely psychological.
There are a number of medical tests which can be taken to determine whether ED is due to physiological or psychology reasons. These tests can include:
Penile Nerves Function Test:
This test determines whether there is suitable nerve sensation in the penis
This test determines blood flow and can indicate any vascular deficiencies.
This test measures the vascular pressure within the corpus cavernosum.
Nocturnal Penile Tumescence (NPT):
This test determines whether regular nocturnal erections are present.
Dynamic Infusion Cavernosometry (DICC):
This technique involves inserting fluid into the penis to determine vascular pressure within the corpus cavernosum.
Using electromagnetic vibration, this test evaluates nerve function sensitivity.
Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction:
Although treatment for erectile dysfunction should always to conducted only after understanding the cause of the problem, the first and foremost recommendation for all men should be adopting a healthy lifestyle which includes regular exercise and proper nutrition. Studies have shown that aerobic exercises in particular is effective treatment for erectile dysfunction purely because ED is typically a vascular problem and aerobic exercise helps with maintained proper vascular flow. Additionally, exercises has a number of ancillary benefits which includes helping to reduce stress, promotes testosterone production and improves overall well being (especially when dealing with concerns of depression).
Prescription drugs have been a very popular method to treat ED, however they come with serious side effects, do not treat the cause of the problem and can be very expensive. Viagra (Sildenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil) and Levitra (Vardenafil) are all forms or phosphodieterases (PDE5) inhibitors.
These drugs do come with serious side-effects, including permanent priaprisms (permanent erections) and more serious including potential for death.
Surgery for Erectile Dysfunction:
In recent years there have been great leaps in the medical industry with respect to surgical procedures to correct EF problems. Surgery is often seen as a treatment of last resort. One common procedure is prosthetic implants (inserting a rod into the penis) to provide an artificial erection.
Herbal Supplements for Erectile Dysfunction:
There are a large number of non-prescription herbal supplements which have shown to be very effective at preventing and even improving sexual performance and pleasure. Unfortunately, the internet is littered with hundreds of different products, so choosing the correct male enhancement for your use is critical in ensuring you find a supplement that works for you. These supplements typically take 1-3 months before significant increase in both libido and erection hardness can be seen.
Penis Pumps for Erectile Dysfunction:
Suction pumps, vacuum pumps or also known as Penis pumps are devices which create negative pressure around the penis helping to expand the corpus cavernosum.