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Erectile Dysfunction, also known as Impotence or ED, is a common sexual problem affecting males. In the UK alone over 2.3 million men suffer from it, with 1 in 10 men being affected by ED at some point in their life. Erectile Dysfunction can affect men of any age and it is a common misconception that the condition is one that only develops in later life through age. Young men suffer impotence as a consequence of nerves, stress and the pressure to perform for a partner.
The important thing to note about Erectile Dysfunction is that it is not usually a long term problem and can be addressed effectively with treatment and changes in lifestyle. There are many effective prescription only medications available including Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra that are taken orally. Non-prescription solutions such as counselling or therapy can also be effective.
Do not allow Erectile Dysfunction (ED) to have a negative affect on your sex life. If you take control of your condition you should continue to enjoy a happy and healthy sex life.
The definition of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection for the completion of satisfactory sexual intercourse with a partner. This means that you may not be able to get an erection when aroused, or that you are unable to maintain an erection prior to penetration and during intercourse. If this happens repeatedly in a short period of time you should start to seek treatment for the condition and the reasons why you are suffering from it.
How does an erection occur?
The process of getting an erection is a complicated process and relies on the correct interaction of the brain, nerves, hormones and blood vessels. This is why it is so easy to disrupt this process and for impotence to occur. The penis consists of twin chambers called the corpus cavernosa and during arousal the walls of the corpus cavernosa are instructed to relax by a nucleotide called cGMP, which enables the chambers to accommodate increased blood flow. In addition to this the veins leaving the penis are instructed to reduce the flow of blood away, increasing the blood pressure in the penis, creating an erection. PDE-5 is enzyme that naturally breaks down cGMP, therefore erection problems can occur when there is an in balance between the PDE-5 enzyme and the cGMP nucleotide.
How does Erectile Dysfunction occur?
Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by physical or psychological problems, and to select an effective treatment the man must establish the cause of the impotence. Short term impotence is usually the result of psychological problems such as stress, anxiety, depression or anger. For men with recurrent impotence problems, these are more likely to be a physical problem that could be a medical issue or the consequence of an unhealthy lifestyle.
A simple test that a man can perform is to establish if he has an erection in the morning following sleep, this is when testosterone is at its highest. If a man has an erection at this time it is not a physical issue. Similarly, if you can achieve a satisfactory erection for masturbation your problems are not physical.
Take control of Erectile Dysfunction now
The first thing to do is to take control of the situation and discuss the problem with your partner and your doctor. If you feel uncomfortable with discussing the problem with your doctor, PrivateDoc can help set up a consultation with a specialist or you can have a private consultation with a specialist through this website.
Lifestyle changes that will positively improve your health may also have a positive effect upon impotence, specifically weight loss, smoking and alcoholism.
For psychological problems you may benefit from counselling or psychotherapy.
If you have a physical problem a doctor will be able to perform an examination that will determine the cause.
Prescription only medication for Erectile Dysfunction
Oral medication for Erectile Dysfunction has become the preferred treatment with millions of sufferers benefiting from treatment. Impotence medication is suitable for both short and long term treatment and has few side effects. All impotence medication acts as a PDE-5 enzyme inhibitor, allowing increased blood flow to the penis.
Medications commonly prescribed for Erectile Dysfunction are Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra. Some of these medications are more suited to patients than others, and at PrivateDoc we will recommend the most appropriate options for you following a consultation.