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ED (Erectile Dysfunction)

ED (Erectile Dysfunction) Causes

Arousal among men is a complex process that involves the brain, emotions, hormones, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. Factors affecting any of said systems or the delicate balance among them may lead to erectile dysfunction. Doctors initially thought that the condition was primarily caused by psychological issues. It was later found that erectile dysfunction could be a combination of physical and psychological causes. Among the physical causes are heart disease, clogged blood vessels, high blood pressure, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Psychological causes include depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, and poor communication or conflict with the partner. Alcoholism, drugs, certain prescription medicines, and other medical conditions may also cause ED.

ED (Erectile Dysfunction) Definition

The inability of a man to maintain a firm erection long enough to have sex is called erectile dysfunction (ED). The condition is more common among older men but can occur at any age. Though the condition may not really be cause for concern from time to time, it can cause stress, relationship problems, and may affect self-esteem.

ED (Erectile Dysfunction) Symptoms and Signs

The primary sign of an erectile dysfunction is the inability of a man to maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse at least 25 percent of the time. Though occasional inability to maintain an erection happens to most men, it should be evaluated if the problem is ongoing since it may have underlying causes that need treatment.

ED (Erectile Dysfunction) Treatment

For most men with this problem, lifestyle changes can help. Cutting down on smoking, alcohol, and illegal drugs, getting plenty of rest, exercise and a healthy diet, using safe sex practices, and discussing things with the partner are among the suggested steps to correct the problem.

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