Erectile Dysfunction. One out of ten.

Thursday, November 6, 2008 9:36
Posted in category Health News

According to Jason Isaacs, nothing is more embarrassing than developing an erection.

Erectile Dysfunction affects the lives of many men, and they don’t like to make it known. To contradict what Issacs believes, for a lot of men there is nothing that is worse than NOT being able to obtain an erection. It guarantees laughs on your favorite TV comedies, it’s a punchline for jokes, it’s blamed for failed marriages, and (what many men truly fear) it’s the subject of hush-hush conversations between women in restrooms around the globe. There are not many other conditions that carry the stigma that erectile dysfunction does. Are you suffering from a form of depression or social anxiety? There are numerous support groups that defend your right for acceptance, making you feel welcome and understood by society. Do you think you are suffering from erectile dysfunction? You are basically on your own, and you sure feel like you are. And this question may not always be posed so delicately. Even in your own mind, you may perceive the condition as not being able to ‘get it up!’

Erectile dysfunction — like depression and anxiety (which you hear about more often) — is more prevalent than most people think, and it is not a lifelong problem. In today’s culture, no one talks about Erectile Dysfunction, so the prevalence of the condition is probably underestimated, but statistics show that perhaps as many as one out of every ten men has Erectile Dysfunction. That would mean there are at least 30 million men suffering from one form or another in the United States alone. For men who have diabetes, the numbers jump to over half.

How do you know if you are suffering from Erectile Dysfunction? The basic explanation of erectile dysfunction as ‘being unable to obtain or keep an erection for pleasurable sexual activity’ seems to be unclear and not helpful — nearly all men feel unsatisfied with their bedroom activity at some time in their lives, even though they are in good health. It can be safely said that if a man makes 4-6 unsuccessful attempts out out of every 10 tries, then they have full-blown erectile dysfunction. If your erectile success is only around 50%, consider it to be a problem and see your physician.

As already suggested, diabetes can be an all-too-common cause of erection difficulties. Diabetes is connected with the destruction of the inner lining of the blood vessels, which leads to restricted blood circulation to the limbs and penis, making it impossible to support an erection.

Other causes that work in the same way are vascular diseases, high blood pressure, smoking, and anything else that can affect your circulation.

There are also causes that are not vascular in nature, like: surgical procedures (particularly prostate removal), nerve damage, endocrine problems (low testosterone levels – there is a blood test for this), drugs (narcotics, sedatives and alcohol), and emotional and psychological problems.

Both males and females tend to overlook some of the major factors that cause an unhappy sex life. These are also among the most difficult to treat, usually needing plenty of time, determination, regular meetings with a therapist trained in this area, not to mention support from family and friends. Some prescriptions for psychological problems may seriously affect a man’s sexual performance, so remember to read every label and all pamphlets very carefully.

What kind of medication or treatment you need will hinge on what’s causing your trouble. In older men, a hormonal imbalance is often the cause of erectile dysfunction. If this is determined to be the cause, testosterone supplements may be your best solution. Women reaching menopause are often prescribed estrogen supplements for similar reasons.

If you have a more serious medical issue, then you may consider taking prescription medication. PDE5 inhibitors work the best, and a lot of men prefer them since they don’t create an instant erection (this differs from other treatments that are discussed later on). PDE5 inhibitors function by inhibiting a substance in the penis that makes an erection come to an end. When used on a regular basis, they will enhance a growing erection — and more importantly, they will only have this effect when it is appropriate. Some of the well known PDE5 inhibitors are Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra.

If you don’t like the notion of swallowing pills on a regular basis and want a short-term solution, you may think about using a Vacuum Pump (you place your penis inside a plastic tube and use a hand pump to increase the blood flow to your penis — Mike Myers popularized this when he starred as the sex maniac, Austin Powers), or you can consider an Intra-urethral Suppository. With this, a small applicator is placed inside the tip of the penis that puts out a a small dosage of medication, which opens up the blood vessels. Men who prefer this method affirm that this not actually as painful as you might think.

You can purchase these treatments without a prescription, but you should consult with a physician to determine the true cause of your problem.

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