What Is Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is either difficulty or inability in achieving or maintaining an erection.
The penis consists of two chambers of spongy tissue called the Corpora cavernosa. When a man is sexually aroused, the brain and local nerves send impulses to the muscles in the Corpora cavernosa that cause it to relax which allows the blood to fill the spaces within the tissue. This creates pressure in the Corpora cavernosa, making the penis expand. A membrane called the Tunica albuginea helps trap the existing blood in the Corpora
cavernosa, resulting in an erection. However, when the muscles contract to stop blood flow into the penis, this is when the erection is lost. If this happens frequently for any reason, this is what is known as Erectile Dysfunction.
It is hard to say precisely how many men suffer with the condition as many do not seek help, although it is estimated that 22% of men aged 40 and 49% of men over 70 and over suffer with the condition.
Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction
There are many causes for Erectile Dysfunction; Amongst the most common are diseases such as Diabetes, Alcoholism, Kidney disease, cardiovascular disease or Multiple Sclerosis. This accounts for around 70% of Erectile Dysfunction problems.
Physical injury sustained to the penis, spinal cord, bladder, pelvis or prostate can contribute to ED. Men on a long term medication, particularly antidepressants, tranquilisers, antihistamines and blood pressure drugs may experience problems achieving an erection. If this happens to you, a change in medication may alleviate the symptoms.
Stress or Anxiety
Sometimes ED is purely a psychological problem. Stress, being overworked, depression, guilt, suffering from low self-esteem and fear of sexual failure causes up to 20% of ED. Smoking is also a big factor to the condition as it affects blood flow to the penis.
Erectile Dysfunction can be treated in many different ways depending on what is believed to be the cause of your ED. Such treatments include:
The most popular and well known drug is Slidenafil (Known internationally as Viagra). It works by boosting the natural mechanism that leads to an erection; it elevates the levels of the chemical that causes the tissues to relax. This was discovered by accident as Viagra was originally formulated to treat Angina and improve the blood flow around the heart.
While it is very effective, it has many side effects. Some mild such as headaches, flushed red skin and stomach ache. Some more serious such as blurred vision, tinnitus, seeing everything tinted blue (blue vison) or even heart problems leading to cardiac arrest. It is not suitable for everyone and needs to be taken under strict supervision.
A drug such as Alprostadil can be injected directly into the tissues of the penis. This helps to relax muscles and increase blood flow to help create an erection.
Vacuum Devices (or Penis Pump)
These special devices work by creating a vacuum around the penis and draws blood into the organ. The devices consist of three constituents; a plastic cylinder, a pump and an elastic band.
The penis is placed into the cylinder where the pump draws air out of the cylinder and the elastic band is positioned around the base of the penis to maintain the erection after the cylinder is removed.
The effects are usually shortlived and not always satisfactory, there have been cases of damage to the penile tissue resulting from use of these kinds of apparatus.
A more drastic option, not one that is preferred and usually a last resort. Prostheses can be implanted into the corpora cavernosa to allow the man to adjust the position of the penis. Additionally, inflatable cylinders can be placed inside the penis and expanded using pressurised fluid.
There are a number of natural herbal based products that are actually suprisingly effective. usually far safer than prescription drugs without the unpleasant side effects associated with man made drug treatments.
Look for ingredients including L-arginine, Pomegranate, TongKat Ali and Epimedium (aka Horny Goats Weed). Pomegranate in particular is commonly referred to as ‘Natural Viagra’ for its erection enhancing properties.
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