Erectile Dysfunction Information & Health
Erectile Dysfunction also more commonly termed impotence is the inability to achieve or sustain a penile erection. This basic definition does not fully explain the degree and variations that can occur within the condition.
Nearly every male will experience some form of erectile dysfunction on their life. Sometimes this will simply be a 'one off' or irregular occurrence and not worthy of labelling a condition Whether the cause of erectile dysfunction is due to excess alcohol consumption, anxiety about sexual performance or work, or for any other reason, the inability to sustain an erection doesn't by itself require medical attention.
Erectile dysfunction medicine in general has made significant advances in the past few decades. Firstly the most commonly known drug Viagra was made available in 1998. Secondly advancements in penile implants have made them safer and provided hop to sufferers worldwide. In general progress in terms of a cure for erectile dysfunction has come along way indeed.
Erectile dysfunction treatment will only be required if the problem persists and is interfering in the everyday lifestyle of the sufferer. An erectile dysfunction drug such as Viagra or Cialis will often form part of this treatment for erectile dysfunction. Sex is a healthy and normal part of life but there are periods in a man's life when sustaining an erection becomes less important.
When erectile dysfunction becomes a problem, there are usually varying degrees. Dues to the physiology of the penis and erection may be fully erect, partly erect or limp. Sometimes for the penis to be partly erect may be sufficient to satisfy the man alone or him and his sexual partner.
To elaborate on the physiology of the penis:
The penis is quite similar to a series of concentric tubes or cylinders, filled with small chambers and other tubes. The penis has one major cylinder called the corpora cavernosa. Spongy tissues line this cylinder. The spongy tissue is made up of smooth muscle fibres, blood vessels (veins and arteries) and bodily fluids.
Under normal circumstances, stimulation causes several times the resting amount of blood to flow into the penis. The blood moves to fill the space and enlarge the surrounding muscles. This resulting fluid pressure causes the penis to lengthen and stiffen, and the result is an erection
As these relatively simple systems in turn rely on an enormously complex set of nerves, hormones, circulatory and other body functions, there are a considerable amount of things that can go wrong- resulting in erectile dysfunction and a limp penis. Blood pressure changes, inability of nerves to send these signals properly, failed muscle stimulation and various other scenarios are possible.
Of equal importance are the physical requirements the male body needs to create an erection. Stimulation is very important- particularly in the areas surrounding the penis. Mental stimulation has also proven to be an important factor in sustaining an erection. When there is no obvious physical stimulation mental imagery and imagination can assist in maintaining an erection.
In erectile dysfunction it obviously can become very hard to measure these factors- as it is such a personal condition. Depression, anxiety, self-deception and other issues can all contribute to a failure of erection for extended periods of time.
No matter whether the symptoms are physiological or psychological or perhaps a combination of the 2, there are effective treatments at hand for erectile dysfunction.