Quick Erectile Dysfunction Facts
- Cases of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) are on the rise, with the condition now affecting one in five men in Malaysia.
- ED is defined as having consistent difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection sufficient enough for sex.
- While ED is most common in men over 75, men of any age can develop the condition.
- The causes of ED can be psychological, but are typically medical.
- Numerous drugs, including prescription and recreational drugs, as well as smoking and alcohol, can cause ED.
- Not only do “treatments” like silicon injection, Tongkat Ali, and Urut Batin not work; they can be hazardous to health.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Men are considered to have erectile dysfunction if they have trouble achieving and maintaining an erection firm enough to engage in sexual intercourse, or it prevents them from enjoying other forms of sexual activity.
If the erectile dysfunction persists, it can become a source of stress, affect self-confidence, and can do irreparable damage to personal relationships.
Problems with achieving and maintaining erections may also be linked to underlying health conditions that require treatment, and may be a risk factor of heart disease.
Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms
- Trouble achieving an erection
- Trouble maintaining an erection
- Reduced sexual desire
Erectile Dysfunction Causes
There are several possible causes for erectile dysfunction. It can be caused by health problems, emotional issues, or a combination thereof.
The known risk factors for ED are;
- Being over the age of 50
- Having high blood pressure
- Having high blood sugar/diabetes
- Having high cholesterol
- Having cardiovascular disease
- Being a smoker
- Abusing drink and drugs
- Not exercising
- Being overweight/obese
Physical Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Not enough blood is able to enter the penis.
- The penis can’t keep the blood trapped during erection
- Nerve signals from the brain and spinal cord fail to reach the penis
- Diabetes may cause nerve damage or blood vessel disease in the penis
- Cancer treatments performed near the pelvis can impair penis function
- Drugs that treat other health issues may have a negative impact on erections
Emotional Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
- Anxiety/relationship problems
- Stress at work and home
- Stress caused by cultural, religious, or social conflicts
- Worrying about sexual performance
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
There are several different treatment options available for erectile dysfunction. The treatment options include:
When it comes to mild and moderate cases of erectile dysfunction, the three main treatment options are Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis. Viagra was the first erectile dysfunction medication released to the market. All three are considered to be safe and effective choices.
Injections are another possible treatment option. This involves injecting a needle filled with medication directly into the penis.
If other treatments fail to work properly, or don’t work at all, then penile implant surgery may be considered. Penile implants are devices that are inserted directly into the penis during an operation performed under general anaesthesia. The operation lasts roughly half an hour.
Erectile Dysfunction FAQs
Your overall sex drive (libido) and your ability to achieve an erection can be affected by being tired. This makes it more difficult for you to maintain an erection. Being physically unfit, as well as taking drugs and consuming alcohol, can also increase the risk of erectile dysfunction.
This depends on what you consider “excessive” masturbation. If you masturbate several times an hour, it can lead to problems developing an erection due to sheer exhaustion at the very least. If you masturbate just once or twice a day though, then this is normal. It’s not likely that it will lead to erectile dysfunction.
This has actually been the subject of scientific studies. The latest study into the connection between bikes and ED showed that there was no real connection, but it did discover an association between riding a bike for excessive lengths of time and the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Not only do these alternative treatments not work, but they can be hazardous to health. There have been some cases where using these remedies has resulted in permanent damage. What was once a treatable condition may become a permanent, unfixable, problem.
Clinical studies into Viagra have shown that the active ingredient (sildenafil) doesn’t adversely affect sperm. Viagra can improve your sex life and the possibility of getting your partner pregnant. Keep in mind that Viagra is only effective if you go through sexual arousal, and that it doesn’t generate erections automatically by itself.
In general, you could wait before visiting your doctor if you feel that something in particular has caused the erectile dysfunction; such as the anxiety that comes with losing a job, losing a partner, or another form of situational depression. However, if you believe that the inability to achieve your sexual goals has persisted, then you should consider talking to your physician.
Around 70-80% of men respond positively to erectile dysfunction medications.
There are some side effects associated with ED medications, but they are minor at best. They include facial blushing, upset stomachs, and headaches. A very small percentage of men using erectile dysfunction medications may suffer from temporary disturbances in their vision, such as seeing a blue discoloration in the background.
Erectile dysfunction medications are not suitable for men with coronary artery disease, especially those who are taking nitrates and nitroglycerine for their condition. They can cause unsafe drops in blood pressure for people on these medications.