Erectile dysfunction - risk factors, symptoms, treatment and prevention. Learn how to take care of yourself if you suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Erectile Dysfunction is every man's nightmare. While many have been there, few ever seek treatment. Typically a man with erectile dysfunction, or impotence as it is commonly called, has trouble getting or holding up a penile erection firm enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse, even when he is stimulated. Occasional difficulties with erection arent uncommon but when it turns out to be regular, it needs to beexamined. If not treated appropriately, impotence can go further downhill over time and evolve from mild to complete. Looking at the bigger picture, it can also serve as an indicator of an underlying health condition. While it is all too common, many men tend to brush it off even though it causes significant emotional stress. This is because a lot of them tend to feel embarrassed or ashamed. It can break-down relationships and eat away at confidence. Men can go as far as avoiding contact with their better half as they try to evade sex altogether.
There are many triggers of erectile dysfunction, both mental and physical.
Symptoms of erectile dysfunction include
Doctors typically conduct a physical exam and take a detailed history to look for signs such as abnormalities in the genital area, nerve trouble or poor circulation in order to diagnose Erectile Dysfunction. A few tests would be advised to check for some of the causes of Erectile Dysfunction. These include:
The best way to prevent Erectile Dysfunction is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to the lifestyle changes mentioned above, the following can help prevent and manage erectile dysfunction. They help with improving blood flow and thereby enhancing sexual function.
Be cautious if you use Alternate Medicine. They may do more harm to the body than you can imagine. Their dosage is usually unknown and may contain substances that can potentially damage the kidneys and liver.
Your doctor would first look for any chronic conditions that may cause erectile dysfunction. Treatment of Diabetes, dyslipidaemia, high blood pressure or any other condition causing erectile dysfunction is the key to manage erectile dysfunction.
Oral medications that are advised include:
Other options that are available include Penile pumps and Penile implants.
Other complications include
Article by Dr. Naveen Nadipelli, MBBS, DPM (Psychiatry),
Consultant Psychiatrist, CallHealth
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