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Erectile Dysfunction: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to keep or get an erection that is firm enough to have sexual intercourse.

This is also known as impotence, which means a man is unable to achieve an erection or orgasm.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:

  • An erection is caused when the blood flow into your penis increases. The blood flow is normally accelerated either by sexual thoughts or direct engagement with your penis.
  • The penis tends to be rigorous when the increased blood flow through the penile arteries fills the chambers inside the penis with the blood.
  • An erection ends when the muscle contract and the increased blood can flow out through the penile veins.

Some of its causes are;

There can be both emotional and physical possible conditions of erectile dysfunction.

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Kidney disease
  • Use of drugs
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Relationship problems
  • Increased age
  • High cholesterol
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • High consumption of alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Lacking of exercises
  • Having cardiovascular disease

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction:

Some of its common symptoms are;

  • Inability to get an erection
  • No interest in sex
  • Difficulty in maintaining an erection during sex

Some other disorders are;

  • Delayed ejaculation
  • Early ejaculation
  • anorgasmia (inability to achieve orgasm in spite of plentiful stimulation)

Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction:

There are various treatments depending on the cause and severity of the ED and any fundamental health issues.

Some of the treatments are;

  • Testosterone therapy
  • Penile implants
  • Oral drugs or pills
  • Penile injections
  • Intraurethral medications
  • Vacuum Erection devices
  • Surgical treatments
  • Supplements
  • Certain exercises for ED

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