Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual activity. ED is a very common condition and can effect men of all ages. 

Treatments work by increasing the blood flow to the penis which enables a spontaneous erection when sexually aroused

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Erectile dysfunction (ED), sometimes called impotence is a common issue in males. ED is the inability to achieve/maintain an erection with is suitable enough to carry out sexual activities.

It is an age associated condition, and is treatable and thus normally nothing to worry about.

Erectile dysfunction is not neccessarily a curable disease; however, it is more certainly treatable.

  • Oral Drugs 
  • Injection Therapy
  • MUSE (medicated urethral system for erection)
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Hormonal supplements 
  • Penile implants
  • Sex therapy 

Erection problems can be caused by a variety of things.

Most men may occasionally fail to achieve or maintain an erection due to stress, tiredness, drinking too much alcohol or anxiety. If you are unable to achieve or maintain an erection regularly, it could be a sign of an underlying health condition. If this is the case, you should visit your GP or a sexual health clinic.

Possible causes of erectile dysfunction include: 

  • Narrowing of penis blood vessels
  • High cholesterol
  • Hormone problems
  • Other medication interfering with your erection
  • Diabetes
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Prostate gland surgery

In order to get harder and stronger erections, after being diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, there are a series of medications available:

  • Oral Drugs – Work by increasing the blood flow to the penis by relaxing penile blood vessels.
  • Injection Therapy – An injectable form of medication, which is inserted into the penis just before sexual activity.
  • MUSE (medicated urethral system for erection) – A pill that you inject in the tip of the penis.
  • Vacuum pumps – A vacuum pump is placed over the penis, causing increased blood flow. A constrictor ring is then placed as the base of the penis to trap the blood, sustaining a hard erection for sexual activity.
  • Hormonal supplements  – If low testosterone levels is the cause of ed, testosterone can be given.
  • Penile implants – Used as a last resort to mechanically increase blood flow
  • Sex therapy – Used if the cause of ed is psychological. 

Natural long-term solutions to helping erectile dysfunction can include exercise or lifestyle changes. Decreased circulation can be caused by fatty diets and low levels of exercise. Therefore, eating healthy and carrying out more exercise can help with ED.

Sex therapy is a natural method of treating ED, and is especially effective as dealing with ED caused by psychological effects.

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A range of ED pills are available, most of which require a prescription. For example, Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), Spedra (avanafil) and Levitra. Viagra connect is the only over-the-counter ED medication, which does not require a prescription. 

Only males can get erectile dysfunction, as it is a condition relating to the penis. 

It is often psychological in origin and therefore males with high stress levels may be more likely to get erectile dysfunction. Other risk factors can include diabetes, obesity, spinal cord injury or prostate gland surgery.

ED is an age related condition, affecting about half of men by age 40.

Erectile dysfunction is the consistent inability to achieve or maintain a hard erection. Most men may occasionally fail to achieve or maintain an erection due to stress, tiredness, drinking too much alcohol or anxiety. 

If you suspect that you have erectile dysfunction, you should consult with your GP or visit a sexual health clinic to discuss treatment options.

You can find out more information about erectile dysfunction on a variety of websites. These include the NHS website, NHS inform, Mayo clinic and WebMD.

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