In some period of their life, men can encounter erectile dysfunction. So what is erectile dysfunction and how can men make their dysfunction better? The article below will give further information on this matter.
What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?
Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is the term indicating the situation in which a male adult cannot get or keep an erection for sex.
Having erection problems from sometimes is not necessarily a health concern. Nevertheless, if erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, it can cause stress, damage your self-confidence and bring about problems in relationships. In addition, problems with getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that requires immediate medical treatment.
Sometimes, just treating an underlying condition is enough to get rid of ED. On the other hand, medications or other direct methods may be involved in the process of curing ED.
When to see your GP?
Despite the fact that you may feel embarrassed and reluctant to go to the doctors, you should seek help from your GP If you have erectile dysfunction for more than a few weeks. They will run several tests to assess your general state of health first. Afterward, they will determine if the condition can be the first sign of more severe health conditions, such as heart disease (occurs when the heart’s blood supply is interrupted or blocked).
Why does erectile dysfunction happen?
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by various reasons, both physical and psychological. Physical causes include:
- The narrowing of the blood vessels going to the penis – commonly linked to high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol or diabetes.
- Problems with hormones
- Previous surgery or injury
Psychological causes that can bring about ED include:
- Problems with relationships
What can you do to prevent erectile dysfunction?
1. Be careful with the medications that you take
Certain over-the-counter (for instance allergy or cold medicine) or prescribed drugs such as antidepressants, blood pressure medications, narcotic pain relievers or antihistamines can cause problems to your erection.
Therefore, consult your doctor thoroughly before using any medication to make sure that it does not affect your erection.
2. Control the size of your belly
Men who have a waist size of 39 inches or above are likely two times higher to experience erectile dysfunction compared to other men with a waist size of 35 or below. In addition, a big belly can put your penis at steak, also.
3. Stop smoking
Smoking can indeed cause trouble to your erection since it can damage the lining of your blood vessels. That.
in turns, harms the smooth muscle in your penis and prevents blood from flowing around your body.
4. Leave stress and whatever making you stressed at your workplace
Indeed, worry and anxiety can leave bad effect on sexual function. This explains why successful but stressful men in their 40s and 50s are having a hard time getting erected.
Even if you don’t want to go to the doctors in fear of embarrassment, you actually should. Erectile dysfunction will get worse if not well treated which can affect your life in a very negative way.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: February 17, 2017 | Last Modified: February 15, 2017
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