According to the most optimistic data, every tenth man faces erectile dysfunction, and it can start as early as 20 years old. We asked the doctors about the most important thing.
According to the WHO, every tenth man on the planet has certain signs of erectile dysfunction (the old name of the disease is impotence). However, if we talk about Russia, then everything seems to be much worse: for example, the authors of the study, in which 1225 participants aged 20 to 70 took part, revealed certain erectile dysfunctions in 90% of the volunteers. It is not customary to talk about this and it is unpleasant to think, and therefore we have collected the most important questions about erectile dysfunction and asked them to doctors – instead of you.
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or keep an erection. Depending on the severity of ED, it either makes sexual intercourse completely impossible or significantly reduces its duration and quality.
An erection is a physiological process that increases the flow of arterial blood to the male penis. If for some reason the blood flow is disturbed, erectile dysfunction occurs.
However, if an erection has not occurred several times, this does not mean that you have a problem: to make a diagnosis, the violation of blood flow must be regular and constant and last at least six months.
How to define erectile dysfunction?
This is one of those diagnoses that the patient can make for himself. But it is still worth contacting a doctor: firstly, violations of potency can be a symptom of diseases, including life-threatening ones. And, secondly, the doctor will be able to determine the causes and advise the most effective way of treatment. But what you should definitely not do is prescribe yourself all sorts of medications to increase potency: almost all of them negatively affect the health of the heart and blood vessels, and many are still not so effective.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
One of the most common causes is disruption of the cardiovascular system. Due to narrowing of the arteries (for example, due to cholesterol plaques), the flow of blood to the penis is not strong enough and cannot provide a lasting erection.
Another common cause is circulatory disorders. If blood pressure is too high or too low, the arteries cannot dilate enough to allow normal blood flow.
Diabetes is also a common cause of erectile dysfunction, as it damages the nerves and blood vessels that enable erections.
Is there erectile dysfunction “from the nerves”?
Yes, severe stress can negatively affect sexual performance and cause erection problems. Anxiety, restlessness, severe mental stress, and nervousness, as well as severe fatigue, can all cause a weakening of erection. And it is very important to try not to worry about your sexual performance: there are cases when, due to constant anxiety, such problems with erection turned into a chronic form.
Is Erectile Dysfunction Treated?
The good news is that in almost all cases, erectile dysfunction can be cured. In most cases, a change in diet and an increase in physical activity is enough, sometimes drug treatment or work with a psychologist is required, but most often the process is reversible – if, of course, you consult a doctor in time.