Erectile Dysfunction or erectile dysfunctions (ED) is actually the inability to have and sustain an erection sufficient for successful sexual intercourse. Commonly, erectile dysfunctions or erectile disorders are better known as ED, whereas erectile problems are more often referred to as sexual problems. There are several common indicators of erectile dysfunction such as, softens during sexual arousal and copulation, find it difficult to sustain an erection long enough to complete sexual activity, find it difficult to achieve orgasm and retain an erection after orgasm and have difficulty maintaining an erection after ejaculation. Also, there are no universal criteria defining how severe the condition has to be and how long it has to exist to be considered ED.
In terms of health conditions, erectile dysfunctions may result from several underlying cardiovascular, vascular disease, neurological disease, sexually transmitted diseases, and metabolic conditions. There are specific risk factors that increase the likelihood of experiencing ED. The severity of the erectile problem is also related to these risk factors. For example, those with diabetes are found to have more serious cases of erectile dysfunctions as compared to those who do not have diabetes. A history of sexual abuse, multiple sex partners, smoking, alcoholism and hypertension are also associated to ED as are use of illegal drugs and recreational drugs.
For patients with erectile problems, the treatment options provided by the doctor vary depending on the underlying cause of the condition. However, most patients suffering from ED can be treated using a combination of medications, behavioral therapy, and surgical treatments. ED treatment options are often discussed with patients and their primary care practitioners in detail.
ED treatment options usually include medications and therapies such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and VigRx. These medications are designed to improve blood flow to the genital areas, thus increasing the production of testosterone and subsequently promoting erections. In addition, they can help improve sexual health by reducing stress, blood pressure, and insomnia. In recent years, vacuum constriction devices have also shown to have positive effects on patients with erectile problems. Erectile vacuum devices are now commonly used by most primary care practitioners.
The mechanism of action behind these devices is to create a vacuum within the penis so that extra blood can flow into the corpora cavernosa so that erections can be attained. The mechanism involves stretching and pulling of smooth muscle throughout the corpora cavernosa. Although this can only be done after a few weeks of regular use, the results of the device can be dramatic in terms of enhancement of the size of the penis and a boost in sexual pleasure. The main reason for the success of this method is that it has a two-fold approach which includes the short-term effect of stretching the smooth muscle during erection and long-term benefits such as improved blood circulation and longer lasting erections.
Another one of the common causes of erectile dysfunction is high cholesterol levels. This condition is known to cause arteriosclerosis, which ultimately leads to blockage of the blood vessels. When the blood vessels are blocked, it becomes difficult to supply blood to the penile area, which results in erectile dysfunction. A heart disease is a very serious condition and should not be taken lightly.