Erectile Dysfunction

It is not uncommon to have trouble getting or keeping an erection, and is not necessarily cause for concern. However, if erectile dysfunction has become an ongoing issue, and is causing stress, affecting your self-confidence, or even contributing to relationship problems, it may be time you speak with a doctor. There is nothing to be embarrassed about, as problems getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment.

Male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction can result from a problem with any of these. Likewise,stress and mental health concerns can cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. Simply, erectile dysfunction (impotence) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. Symptoms include trouble getting or keeping an erection, as well as reduced sexual desire. Sometimes a combination of physical and psychological issues causes erectile dysfunction. Certain medical conditions and treatments, tobacco use, being overweight, injuries, medications, psychological conditions, drug and alcohol use, as well as prolonged bicycling can be the cause of impotence. Depression, anxiety, stress, and relationship problems are emotional factors that can certainly cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. When one is troubled with erectile dysfunction, this can cause further complications such as an unsatisfactory sex life, stress or anxiety, embarrassment or low self-esteem, relationship problems, as well as fertility problems. However, for many men, a physical exam and answering questions about their medical history are all that's needed for a doctor to diagnose erectile dysfunction and recommend a treatment. Depending on the cause and severity of your erectile dysfunction and any underlying health conditions, you might have various treatment options. Sometimes, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed. Oral medications are the primary and most successful treatment for many men, although there are other treatment options such as alprostadil self-injection, alprostadil urethral suppository, or testosterone replacement. Penis pumps, surgery, implants, and psychological counseling can be beneficial for certain men as well.

Always speak with your doctor if you have concerns about your erections, if you’re experiencing other sexual problems (including ejaculatory dysfunction, such as premature or delayed ejaculation), or if you have diabetes, heart disease, or another known health condition that might be linked to erectile dysfunction. Don't assume you have a long-term problem, involve your sexual partner, and don't ignore stress, anxiety, or other mental health concerns.