Erectile Dysunction (ED) or Impotence
What is ED / Impotence???
Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man has consistent and repeated problems sustaining an erection. Without treatment, ED can make sexual intercourse difficult.
It is a condition with profound psychological consequencies and may interefere with a man’s overall well-being, self-esteem and inter-personal relationships. ED is a common problem affecting all age groups but becomes more common with increasing age.
ED usually has something physical behind it, particularly in older men. Generally there is impairment of blood-flow or poor nerve conduction. But this does not mean growing older is the end of your sex life. ED can be treated at any age. It can have significant impact on the quality of life of sufferers, partners and families.
It's natural to feel angry or embarrassed when dealing with ED. But don't forget that your partner is also affected. Talking openly about ED will help your partner understand the diagnosis and treatment options. This will reassure your partner that you haven't lost interest.
CAUSES OF ED
Chronic Diseases impair blood flow or nerve impulses throughout the body. The link between chronic disease and ED is most striking for diabetes.
→ Diabetes - Nearly one out of every two men with diabetes experiences ED.
→ Cardio-Vascular Disease
→ Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
→ Kidney Disease
Lifestyle choices that impair blood circulation can contribute to ED. The following may damage the blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the penis. Smoking makes men with atherosclerosis particularly vulnerable to ED. Smokers have almost twice the risks of ED compared with nonsmokers.
→ Excessive Drinking
→ Drug Abuse
→ Being overweight and getting too little exercise also contribute to ED.
Psychological factors may be to blame in 10% to 20% of men with ED.
→ Poor Self-Esteem
→ Performance Anxiety
It can short-circuit the process that leads to an erection. These factors can also make the problem worse in men whose ED stems from something physical. ED usually has something physical behind it, particularly in older men. Generally there is impairment of blood-flow or poor nerve conduction.
Take a Erectile Dysunction Self-assessment Questionnaire
This self-assessment questionnaire will help you determine if you suffer from erectile dysfunction