What is erectile dysfunction?
A man is considered to have erectile dysfunction if he regularly finds it difficult getting or keeping a firm enough erection to be able to have sex, or if it interferes with other sexual activity.
Most men have sometimes experienced some difficulty with their penis becoming hard or staying firm.
However, erectile dysfunction is only considered a concern if satisfactory sexual performance has been impossible on a number of occasions for some time.
Broadly, two forms of erectile dysfunction can affect men’s sex lives – the main cause is either medical or psychosocial.
Medical: These are illnesses or anatomical changes that prevent the penis from becoming or staying erect.
Psychosocial: This refers to psychological influences on sexual performance; it may include problems within a relationship or stress at work.
It is important to note that there can be overlap between medical and psychosocial causes. For instance, if a man is obese, blood flow changes can affect his ability to maintain anection (a medical cause); he may also have low self-esteem, which can also affect erectile function (psychosocial cause).
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Normal erectile function can be affected by problems with any of the following systems:
√ Blood flow
√ Nerve supply
Erectile dysfunction symptoms might include persistent:
1.Trouble getting an erect
2. Trouble keeping an erection
3. Reduced sexual desire
Treatments for erectile dysfunction
The good news is that there are many treatments for erectile dysfunction, and most men will find a solution that works for them.
Drug treatments for erectile dysfunction
Men can take a group of drugs
Most of these pills are taken 30-60 minutes before sex – the best known being the blue-colored pill sildenafil (Viagra).
Complications resulting from erectile dysfunction can include:
• An unsatisfactory sex life
• Stress or anxiety
• Embarrassment or low self-esteem
• Relationship problems
• The inability to get your partner pregnant
Written By Arowosegbe Olanrewaju Femi (RN,)