Erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence is a medical condition which no man would ever think of getting affected by. A man suffering from erectile dysfunction is unable to achieve and maintain a penile erection required for sexual intercourse. Most people believe, or like to believe that erectile dysfunction affects only men who get older. Although age is one of the causes for ED, it is not just one cause. Although the chances of acquiring ED once you hit 60s are more when compared to men who are in their 40s, there is a huge population of men who are younger than 40, seeking treatment for ED.
There are various myths associated with ED such as ED affects only old men and young men do not have to worry about it. In addition people even believe that wearing tight underwear or masturbating can result in impotence. However, these are baseless as factors that are associated with a hard erection include hormones, proper functioning of blood vessels and nerves and brain function. ED occurs if there is some issue in the proper functioning of these. The most common causes of ED are several diseases and ailments such as diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, high cholesterol, apart from drug and alcohol abuse, psychological factors, low testosterone or damage to the blood vessels.
According to various studies, erectile dysfunction affects nearly 1 in every 10 men in the UK. So is there anything that can be done to hold this menace out from our bedrooms and keep the fires burning under the sheets? Fortunately, there are various treatments available for ED that include surgeries, gene therapies and penile prosthesis, along with oral medications, acupuncture, herbal capsules and nutritional supplements. In addition, in most of the cases, ED is psychologically induced and could result from stress, anxiety and a low self image. Psychological counseling has also shown positive results in treating ED in various patients.
It is therefore important to consult your doctor if you feel any difficulty in maintaining or achieving erections. Do not let ED take a toll over your life. Get over ED and regain your confidence of getting intimate again.