Erectile dysfunction should be talked about!

erectile dysfunctionWas there any time that you were all excited to enjoy the intimate moments with your loved one but your pleasure is incomplete when you realize and experience that your genital organ is not gaining a satisfactory erection even after enough sexual stimulus. Your partner is also disturbed and you are equally frustrated. You don’t need to worry any more as this medical condition can be easily treated with minimum side effects.

Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition in which the penis is unable to attain an appropriate amount of erection in order to have a satisfactory sexual experience. The erection is under the influence of the nervous supply as well as the psychogenic stimulation after sexual arousal. Common causative agents for this medical condition are cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus (nerves are destroyed due to severe diabetes), high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, neurological problems, hormonal imbalances or side effects from any drug and surgery. It is one of the most common causes of sexual dysfunction. ED causes severe mental stress and may lead to depression.

Some of the risk factors for this condition include old age, underlying diabetes mellitus, heart diseases, obesity, smoking; intake of any drugs especially antidepressants, antihistamines, physical trauma, drug or alcohol abuse and psychogenic stress. Other than sexual dissatisfaction, this condition is also the cause of impotence and the couple may not be able to conceive even. This becomes a treatable cause of infertility and the person should be able to consult the doctor regarding ED. One shouldn’t hide anything from the doctor in order to reach the correct root cause and eliminate it.

The diagnosis can be made by exclusion mostly. Starting off with general and physical examination clinically which are later confirmed by doing blood tests, urine tests is done to eliminate diabetes. Duplex ultrasound is used to detect blood pressure and overnight erection test is used to differentiate between a psychological or other causes. Psychological assessment is important part of these tests.

Medication can easily treat this problem, for this purpose most commonly, phosphodiesterase i.e. Sildenafil which is active ingredient of well-known drug Viagra, is used to dilate the blood vessels in the penis and increase the blood flow to the penis and thus help in gaining the desired erection. The medicine is to be taken with or without water at least 1 to 3 hours before sexual intercourse to gain erection. It is advised that anyone taking nitrates or suffering from heart disease is to convey this to the doctor in order to prevent any severe side effects of sildenafil manifestation.

Erectile dysfunction can be prevented if person quits smoking, controls diabetes and hypertension. He reduces taking stress and if he is suffering from this condition is to cope up with the relationship frustration. He should be able to talk to his partner about it and they should come to consensus over the treatment options. Surgery is the last resort in severe cases of erectile dysfunction. Regular checkups by an experienced doctor are not to be missed. The process of preserving one’s confidence and self-esteem in such situation is totally a very hard personal struggle. The partner is advised to be supportive in such cases.


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