Erectile Dysfunction is the continuous inability to have or keep an erection long enough to engage in satisfactory sex. This condition occurs more frequently as men grow older, but it can affect men of all ages too.
Many men experience this difficulty at some point in their lives; it happens every now then to every man and this is considered normal. But when the problem becomes persistent, then it progresses from something that’s merely embarrassing to what is technically a medical condition.
You may have erectile dysfunction if you cannot get an erection no matter what you do. Some men with Erectile Dysfunction may sometimes get an erection, but only for a short period of time that’s not enough to engage in any meaningful sexual activity. In some cases, Erectile Dysfunction may allow you to sport an erection for certain situations, but unable to do so when you are engaging in sex or even with a specific sexual partner.
Known Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Generally, Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by physical, medicinal, or psychological conditions. These include:
Vasculogenic conditions that can cause changes to how blood flows to your penis, like high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes which affects the blood supply and also the nerve endings of the penis
Neurogenic conditions like Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and multiple sclerosis that affect your nervous system which includes your spinal column, nerves, and brain
Anatomical injuries and conditions which affect your penis directly, such as Peyronie’s disease
Hormonal imbalances and inadequacies such as Cushing’s syndrome and an underactive or overactive thyroid gland that may affect a man’s libido
Taking certain medicines such as cytotoxics, anti-androgens, anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, antipsychotics, fibrates, diuretics, antidepressants, beta blockers that may have Erectile Dysfunction as one of their side effects
Depression, anxiety, or stress
Current anxieties or resentments caused by a current romantic relationship
Previous sexual problems or trauma
Regular abuse of alcohol
Using illegal drugs or substances
Untreated Erectile Dysfunction
According to a US study, which was presented to the 2013 European Association of Urology Congress, most men with this condition remain untreated despite the proven efficacy of modern treatment methods. Out of the almost 88 million men who have been diagnosed with Erectile Dysfunction, a random pool of 6 million were interviewed and examined, and only a fourth of them received treatments for ED.
The rest suffered from their condition without treatment, and remember, Erectile Dysfunction does not go away on its own.
When left untreated, Erectile Dysfunction may have the following effects:
It causes personal feelings of inadequacy. These feelings can have a corrosive effect on a man’s self-esteem.
It can affect family life and personal relationships. The inability to attain or maintain an erection can be very frustrating and can cause men to lash out against those around him.
The blow to his self-confidence can affect his manner and performance in his professional life. When work is affected, this can cause long term ripples in a man’s life.
Take the first step to speak to a doctor and make it your purpose to live a life without embarrassment or hindrance.