What is Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a fairly common condition affecting men worldwide. Though the term ED covers a wide range of disorders, it commonly refers to having trouble getting or maintaining an erection. ED is not uncommon and its incidence increases with progressive age. It was formerly called impotence and its incidence increases in ages above 65.
Persistent ED has a significant impact on the man’s self-image as well as on his partner’s sex-life. Indeed for many men & their partner this can be a frustrating problem as the penis is unable to become sufficiently rigid and performing intercourse may seem impossible.
- Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
- Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
- Factors of Erectile Dysfunction
- Traetment of Erectile Dysfunction
•Inability to achieve an erection or maintaining it to complete the act of sexual intercourse
•Complete inability to achieve an erection.
Though once considered a taboo, more men are now seeking information regarding ED as well as volunteering to share valuable information about it. Current estimates state that Chronic ED affects about 5% of men in their 40s and 15-25% of men by the age of 65. Transient ED and inadequate erection affect as many as 50% of men between the ages of 40 and 70.
A successful, sustained erection requires a sequence of events to occur in a precise fashion. Anything which disrupts this sequence can lead to problems either getting, or keeping an erection.
The most common cause of erectile dysfunction is damage to the tissues, either the nerves, arteries, muscles or fibrous tissue conditions such as:
•Underactive thyroid disorder
•Arterial Disorders (peripheral vascular disease, hypertension; reduced blood flow to the penis). Cardiovascular disease
•Neurogenic Disorders (spinal cord and brain injuries, nerve disorders such asParkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.)
•Damage to the nerves and arteries near the penis during surgery, particularly for prostate and bladder cancer.
•Physical injury to the penis, spinal cord, prostate, bladder or pelvis.
•Common medications, including blood pressure drugs, antihistamiines, antidepressants and tranquilizers can precipitate erectile dysfunction.
•Psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, guilt, depression, low self-esteem, and fear of sexual failure cause up to 20% of cases.
•Lifestyle: alcohol, drugs and smoking.
•Illness of the tissue of the penis itself (cavernosal disorders)
•Hormonal Disorders (pituitary gland tumor; low level of the hormone testosterone).
•Homeopathy offers remarkable results in the cases of Erectile Dysfunction, which may have arisen from both physical and psychological causes. Both, the mental as well as physical component of the disorder can be addressed using homeopathic medicines for Erectile dysfunction.