Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction affects men of all ages, although it is commonly associated with older men. ED greatly affects men age 70 and over. It is the inability or difficulty in achieving and maintaining an erection. Too many men’s self esteem is tied up in how well they perform sexually. Being unable to achieve or maintain an erection can be devastating to a man, for good reason. Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, affects 18 million men in the United States. There are various conditions associated with erectile dysfunction, including age, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and a lack of physical activity. Excessive drinking of alcohol is also associated with erectile dysfunction. While such physical causes exist, there are also psychological factors such as performance anxiety, reactions to stress, and depression. This health problem has been getting lots of attention ever since the drug Viagra hit the market a decade ago.

An erection occurs when blood rushing into the penis is maintained there by collecting in sponge-like pockets in the penis. As those pockets fill with blood, the penis becomes erect and sensitive. In men with erectile dysfunction, these pockets are unable to remain filled with blood, and the result is either no erection or an erection that is not rigid or full (lazy erection).

Men with erectile dysfunction often feel shame at being unable to perform. They also feel shame over letting their partners down, and they may fear that their unsatisfied partners may cheat on them or leave them altogether. Sex is an important component of a good relationship. There are devices men may use and treatments available to them to help them deal with erectile dysfunction.

There are many treatment options for men with ED, including prescription drugs, talk therapy, and devices such as the penis pump and cock rings. Testosterone may be used to combat erectile dysfunction caused by hormonal deficiency. More often, the cause is inadequate blood supply to the penis so drugs such as Viagra and Cialis are prescribed. These drugs need to be taken about twenty minutes or one hour before sexual activity. These treatments are temporary, and they do not treat the underlying cause.

Surgery may sometimes be recommended. The surgical introduction of prosthetic implants which involves the insertion of artificial rods into the penis is one type of procedure.

Some doctors prescribe the use of penis pumps. Penis pumps made the news in the U. S. when a former state judge was charged with three felony counts of indecent exposure for using a penis pump in court while he was hearing cases. A court reporter that worked for the judge was fired after she said she saw the judge masturbate and use the pump during hearings. In 2006, he was sentenced to four years in prison. Penis pumps work by using a suction vacuum to force blood into the penis. Many sex toys companies, including Vibrator.com, sell penis pumps. These devices work by having the man insert his penis into the pump chamber, and then using a hand crank or ball device, suck the air out of the chamber. The resulting pressure and vacuum draw blood into the penis, leading towards erection. Many men say that using penis pumps give them longer, harder, and more sensitive erections.

Talk therapy is often recommended for men with erectile dysfunction. Since sexual problems will affect relationships, men with this condition are often recommended to seek solo counseling as well as couples counseling. Men may discuss their fears of performance anxiety and establish more closeness to their partners. Talk therapy coupled with other treatments, such as drugs and sex devices, are often successful.

Another recommended form of treatment is sensation play. Sexual feelings are not isolated to the sex organs. In showing men how to enjoy massage and sexual touch, they may come to enjoy sex play more, and that may lead to increased erections.

Some men rely on herbal supplements to increase their sex drive and to help them achieve harder erections. Ginseng is one herb often used to treat erectile dysfunction. Herbal supplements are often sold over the counter or on web sites. The herbs commonly used to treat male sexual dysfunction include saw palmetto, Yohimbe, zinc oxide, ginkgo biloba, and L-Arginine.  The placebo effect often comes to play when using herbal supplements, resulting in positive effects such as erections and more enjoyment of sexual activity.

There are many treatments available for men experiencing difficulties in performing sexually and difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. Men today need not feel ashamed of any problems they may feel about their sexual performance. While men today are talking more about their sexual experiences and feelings, they are able to find help with any sexual problems they may have.

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