IF YOU'RE FINDING 'UNDERSTANDING' A HARD WORD, YOU'RE NOT ALONE.
In fact it's only fairly recently that healthcare professionals and scientists have come to understand the causes of erection problems properly.
For years it was assumed penile dysfunction was a result of psychological factors. "It's all in the mind" people would say. But that turns out to be untrue. Yes, there are cases where impotence is caused by psychological issues. But if your penis isn't getting hard enough for satisfying sex, it's more likely to be the result of physical causes.
The truth is most erection problems are due to a combination of causes that can vary from person to person.
There are a number of physical conditions that can cause erection problems. Some affect the blood flow to the penis (vasculogenic). Others affect the nervous system (neurogenic). There are others that affect hormone levels (hormonal). And there are conditions that affect the physical structure of your penis (anatomical).
Because erectile dysfunction can be linked with serious conditions such as heart disease it is a good idea to talk to the doctor to find out if your form of erectile dysfunction has a physical cause.
In some cases, impotence can have psychological causes. Scientifically, this means the messages your brain sends to your body when aroused are being affected. If you are worried this could be the cause of your erection problem, then you should talk to the doctor. If you only experience erectile dysfunction in certain situations, it could be a sign that your problem has a psychological cause
* Performance anxiety
* Relationship problems
* Fear of intimacy
Sometimes erection hardness can be affected by the life you lead. If so, a few lifestyle changes could help. A healthy lifestyle may mean a healthier penis – could it be that your lifestyle is contributing to your erectile dysfunction?.
* Drug abuse
* Sedentary lifestyle
Click to see incidences of E.D among patients with different medical conditions.
* Type II diabetes
* High blood pressure
* Radical prostectomy
* Severe depression
When you become sexually aroused, your penis normally becomes hard and erect quickly. This is due to messages passing from the brain, via nerves, to the blood vessels that supply blood to the penis. These messages cause the blood vessels to relax leading to an increase in the amount of blood flowing into the penis, which then swells and becomes erect. This increased volume of blood is trapped in the penis which allows the erection to be maintained until orgasm. After orgasm the process is reversed and the penis becomes soft again.
Erections occur from a combination of signaling from the nervous system and vascular smooth-muscle responses that result in increased arterial flow and signaling between endothelial-lined cavernosal sinusoids and the underlying smooth-muscle cells. Nitric oxide that is produced by the parasympathetic nerves and endothelial cells triggers a cascade of events that results in the relaxation of smooth-muscle cells. This process prevents blood in the veins from flowing back out through the passive compression of the subtunical venules resulting in an erection.
Only your doctor can tell you whether or not you have ED. But you may find this online test useful in the meantime.
Some people are afraid of heights. Others are afraid of the dark. For men with erection problems, the biggest fear can be talking to the doctor.
If you have an erection problem there are tried and tested treatments available. Your doctor will say which one, if any, is right for you.