Last Updated on October 11, 2023 by Flavia Calina
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition in which a man has difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection sufficient for sexual activity. It’s important to note that occasional difficulty with erections is common and may not indicate ED.
Usually, the physical examination and tests will be enough for your GP to diagnose ED. These include blood and urine tests, which look for indicators of diabetes, high or low testosterone, and heart disease. Most cases of ED are secondary, meaning erectile function was previously normal but has become problematic for some reason. Psychological causes are rarer but still possible.
Difficulty Maintaining an Erection
Even though few men prefer to talk about issues in the bedroom. Having trouble attaining and maintaining an erection might indicate sexual dysfunction. Men who experience these problems regularly over months or years should talk with their doctor. A physical examination, a discussion of the patient’s sexual history. And any current health issues are typically conducted before making a diagnosis. The doctor will also bring up the patient’s use of pharmaceuticals. Including over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements.
Erectile Dysfunction is sometimes caused by the same physical conditions that cause other diseases. Such as heart disease, diabetes or liver disease. It’s important to let the doctor know if the problem started after an injury or surgery in the pelvic area or after taking certain drugs. Some forms of erectile dysfunction are brought on by psychological issues. Such as performance anxiety or a fear of intimacy (genophobia). Erectile dysfunction DC can be treated with psychotherapy and other therapies.
Difficulty Getting an Erection
Almost all adult men sometimes have trouble getting an erection. Especially when stressed or tired. It is usually nothing to worry about and can be improved with healthy lifestyle changes or medicine. However, if it happens regularly and interferes with your sex life or relationship. It may be a sign of a more serious problem that needs to be treated. Many things can cause erectile dysfunction. Including vascular (blood vessel) disease and nerve damage. Problems with the nerves that send signals to the penis to make it hard can be caused by diabetes, multiple sclerosis, prostate surgery or other health conditions.
Aging can also affect sex drive, but this is not always the reason for ED. Most people have satisfying sexual lives well into their 80s. Feeling embarrassed about sexual problems can stop some people from seeking help. Which delays the diagnosis and treatment of underlying health issues. Doctors should be more direct about asking patients about their sexual function and look for signs of erectile dysfunction as early as possible.
Men with ED often report that they aren’t as excited about sex or have difficulty having an erection during sexual intercourse. It can result from stress, lack of intimacy or feeling that their partner is reacting negatively to their performance. However, it can also be a symptom of a physical problem, such as narrowing the arteries or a side-effect of some medicines. Difficulties with sex can lead to couples having fewer or less intimate moments and can also lead to problems in their relationships. It’s important to talk to your nurse or GP about these issues as soon as possible so they can find out what’s causing them and treat it.
Sometimes, these difficulties can be caused by a change in your hormone levels, for example, after having a baby or during menopause. Certain major illnesses can also cause sexual dysfunction, including diabetes and heart and blood vessel disease. Other reasons can include pain during sexual stimulation and arousal disorders (inability to become physically aroused or unable to reach the climax) or orgasm disorders (retarded or absent orgasm).
Some people take longer to reach orgasm and ejaculate during sexual intercourse. Both psychological and physical factors can cause delayed ejaculation. Depending on the underlying cause, counseling with a partner, addressing mental health problems (such as depression or anxiety), and abstaining from alcohol and illicit drugs may all be part of the treatment. The physical causes of ED can include vascular disease, nerve damage and problems with the bladder or prostate gland. It can also be a side effect of certain medications.
In addition, age-related issues, such as a gradual loss of muscle mass, can interfere with getting and maintaining an erection. It is important to discuss any concerns with a doctor, especially about sex dysfunction. Talking openly about sex can help to avoid shame and embarrassment, which may lead to less frequent visits to a healthcare provider and missed opportunities for screening and treatment. It is also helpful to attend medical appointments with a partner, if possible so that they can support you and ask questions. Read more exciting articles on Today World Info