Erectile Disfunction (Impotence)
Erectile disfunction was once a taboo subject, but more men are seeking help nowadays.
QWhat is erectile disfunction (ED)?
ED is an inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. The term “impotence” often loosely used to imply the same condition.
QHow common is ED?
Studies indicate that in the United States at least 30 million American men suffer from some degree of erectile disfunction with incidence rises with age. Yet, it is not an inevitable part of aging.
QWhat are the signs of ED?
- Occasional inability to obtain a full erection
- Inability to maintain an erection throughout intercourse
- Complete inability to achieve an erection
QShould ED be treated?
Yes. When erectile disfunction is a problem, it can interfere with a man’s self-image as well as his and his partner’s sexual life. Erectile disfunction may also be a sign of a physical problem that requires treatment.
QWhen to seek medical advice?
If erectile disfunction lasts longer than two months see your doctor for a medical examination. Your doctor can help you determine the underlying cause or causes of erectile disfunction and then help you find the right type of treatment
QHow is ED diagnosed?
The first step in the diagnosis of erectile disfunction is a medical examination and blood work. This is done to rule out disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, which can cause erectile disfunction. It is estimated that physical diseases or conditions are the cause of erectile disfunction approximately 70% of the time.
The doctor will ask about sexual activity and carefully discuss all of the patient’s symptoms, which help to determine the cause of the problem.
QHow can it be treated?
The treatment of erectile disfunction is tailored to the individual, with the severity and cause of the erectile disfunction taken into account.
Wide varieties of options exist for treating erectile disfunction. They include everything from medications and simple mechanical devices to surgery and psychological counseling.
You can take few steps to prevent erectile disfunction
- Limit or avoid the use of alcohol and other similar drugs.
- Stop smoking.
- Exercise regularly.
- Reduce stress.
- Get enough sleep.
- Deal with anxiety or depression.
- See your doctor for regular checkups and medical screening tests.