What should one do about erectile problems

Almost all men suffered from inability to achieve or maintain the erection at least once in their life. This is usually a temporary phenomenon caused by excessive use of alcohol or fear.

However, male impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED) is a constant chronic disease in some categories of patients that is caused by fear, stress or lack of self-confidence.

How does the erection occur? The blood flow increases under the influence of a whole combination of factors and it stays for some time in special vessels of the male organ.

It was considered first that impotence was mainly a psychological problem associated with stress, fear, and other psychological problems. However, the research showed that about half of ED cases occur due to physiological causes, many of which are successfully treated.

Causes of impotence can include:

  • Complications of diabetes,
  • Reduced blood flow in the vessels of small diameter (microcirculatory disorders),
  • Nerves damage,
  • Hormonal problems, such as lack of testosterone,
  • Cigarettes and alcohol abuse,
  • Liver or kidney disease,
  • Certain drugs: sedatives, tranquilizers, diuretics and antihypertensive drugs.

Impotence may occur after operations on the bladder, prostate, lower bowels and spine.

The psychological reasons include the recent stress or lifestyle changes. However, it is proved that they cause impotence only in 15% of cases. Moreover, impotence is often caused by both psychological and physiological factors.

Whatever the reason, the majority of men who suffer from impotence can be effectively treated. Consultations help patients to overcome psychological problems. Medical intervention, surgery or corresponding drugs help to solve many problems.

Only a doctor can determine the cause of impotence and recommend the appropriate treatment. You should know that modern medications offer a variety of methods that help to solve such sensitive issues.

The discovery of such medications as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra) has significantly changed lives of many couples. These drugs increase the inflow of blood to penis thus improving its erection and keeping the blood in it long enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse. They are really effective, but patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, should use such medicines with caution. Men applying nitrates should not use the above drugs.

Hormonal injections directly into the penis can also be helpful but it is easier to use ED pills. When these methods do not help and ED becomes incurable, the doctor can offer surgery. In this case a pump device is surgically inserted in the penis letting the person to literally turn on and turn off the erection when needed.

Many men feel free to apply to the doctor with impotence issue while others are not. Anyway, there is no other choice. Take courage to discuss the problem with your doctor, who will give you the chance to improve and return your former sexual life.