Erection Problems? Get to Know Erectile Dysfunction and Ways of Managing It

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Feeling funny down there? Things not as hard as it should be? Having trouble rising to the occasion? Sometimes, it is best to just grab things by the horns and address the giant elephant in the room: erectile dysfunction (ED) can happen. Rather than dealing with it by yourself – much to you and your partner’s chagrin – you’re better off seeking healthcare professional help. But not all hope is lost as with proper diagnosis and help, you can easily improve your condition with lifestyle changes and medications.

Overview of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, sometimes known as impotence, is the inability to maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse. It is a common disorder affecting most men over 40 years old. 

Getting hot and bothered is a complex process requiring many participants: the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. Should there be any problem from these key players, impotence can occur. Add in psychological stress, physical issues and mental health problems such as depression, it can be a recipe for disaster – or indefinite frustration. However, in some instances, underlying health issues can contribute to erectile dysfunction. These include:

  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Prescription medication
  • Tobacco use
  • Scar tissue inside the penis
  • Substance abuse
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Surgery in the pelvic area
  • Low testosterone

A Personal Touch

Basically, the symptoms of erectile dysfunction are frequent problems that relate to getting and maintaining an erection. According to a study,[1] three months of continuing erections problems is sufficient for a diagnosis.  

As men grow older, it gets more harder to achieve an erection and even if it happens, the erection may not be as hard as before. Because it’s hard to get hard, you may need a more personal touch to get that elusive erection. Impotence often affects a man’s self-esteem and confidence. Even if it can be embarrassing, all it takes is a visit to a healthcare professional especially when erectile dysfunction is coupled with other sexual problems such as premature ejaculation. In the same vein, being diagnosed with other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and other symptoms should also prompt you to visit the doctor.

Before, treatment of erection problems required vacuum erection devices, penile implants, intracavernosal injections or injections to the base of the penis and intraurethral suppositories – self-injections[2] – invasive methods that sound and look daunting enough to render anything flaccid. After the launch of the first phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE-5i) in 1998, oral treatment was established as first-line treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED), representing a paradigm shift in the diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Revolutionary Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Studies have shown that oral medication such as PDE-5i change the approach of treating erectile dysfunction since they have minimized invasive procedures.[3] They grant men convenient and effective methods to overcome impotence. It also helps that they are easy to use. Prescribing these meds depends on a case-to-case basis, considering different factors such as methods of administration, duration of action, cost, adverse effects and precautions. However, using PDE-5i therapy still requires some form of sexual stimulation to have an erection.

A Satisfying Outcome

Today, having erection problems is nothing to be embarrassed about. According to the National Population and Family Development Board of Malaysia,[5] 16% of Malaysian men aged 40 and above or around 448,000 have moderate to complete cases of erectile dysfunction. This number rises to 60% or 1.68 million, should mild cases be included. But the quicker you deal with it, the faster you can get back in the sack. Seeking healthcare professional help and understanding treatment and management options will help you manage erectile dysfunction better. With further lifestyle changes to address other comorbidities of erectile dysfunction, you’ll definitely be back at your best in the bedroom in no time. 

If you want to learn more about Erectile Dysfunction or take the Hardness Quiz, click here!

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