Erectile dysfunction: Top Five Facts
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Erectile dysfunction: top five facts

By Steffi Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:57
Erectile dysfunction – there are few things men are more reluctant to talk about than trouble getting an erection. It's something that ‘happens to other people’. In reality it isn't all that uncommon. So know your facts....
What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a sexual dysfunction that people also call ‘impotence’. It means that a man either can't get an erection, or can't keep his erection during sex. 

ED can affect men of all ages, even though most men who have problems are older. In recent years, more and more young men have been developing issues in this department. Scientists are looking into the causes.

But even though many people think so, ED isn't a normal aspect of growing old. It's true that older men need more stimulation to get aroused, but that doesn't mean that they have sexual dysfunctions.

What causes erectile dysfunction? 

There are lots of things that can cause ED. It can be a side-effect of drugs and medications, or caused by neurological problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or hormonal imbalances, such as not enough testosterone.

But ED can also have psychological causes, even though that's less common. If a man is really stressed or pressured, it can lead to ED. Relationship problems or feeling insecure about yourself can also cause ED.

So it's good to see a doctor when you are having problems in the erection department to figure out what causes the problem.

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

ED can often be a warning sign of a more serious health problem. So if a man has problems with ED, it's important to see a doctor and find out what's the problem. And taking care of the cause often helps with the ED.

If it doesn't, exercising can help overcome ED problems in many cases. Also, drugs like sildenafil citrate (sold as Viagra) might be a good option. Other drugs can be injected into the penis. There are also penis pumps and, as a last resort, surgery, that can take care of the problem.

Sometimes, wearing a penis ring (cock ring) during sex can help a man keep his erection. Also, living healthily, quitting smoking and cutting down on alcohol can help.
If the origins of ED are psychological, placebo drugs work really well. And psychotherapy is very effective.

What doesn't help with erectile dysfunction?

There are plenty of pills available over the counter and that can be ordered online that claim they can treat ED. But unless a pill has been prescribed by your doctor, you shouldn't consider taking any of those drugs.

Many are supplements and they don't have to be approved before going on the market. So they could be dangerous to you and your health. Also, supplement manufacturers aren't required to inform you about side-effects and potential risk of their products. According to the American Food and Drug Administration, there are currently no alternative treatments for ED on the market.

Myths busted

ED isn't a sign that you aren't attracted to your partner anymore. It also isn't a side-effect of too much masturbation or watching porn excessively. Also, it's a myth that ED medication will give you a constant erection for several hours not matter what you do. Ideally, you will only get an erection when you’re aroused. And having ED doesn't put an end to having an exciting sex life - there are plenty of treatment options available!


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Comments
I've got a problem,i don't have any more feelings for my girl whom i've been dating for 8 months. When im with her,i don't feel anything....is there any problem with me?
Dear Richard, Sometimes, unfortunately, people just fall out of love. There may not be any reason for this. It just happens. That doesn't mean that there is a problem with you, or your girlfriend. Try to think if there is anything that is missing and see if you can change anything. If not- maybe it's time to move on?
It sounds like you are coming earlier than you would like, this often happens to young men who don't have a lot of sexual experience because they get very aroused very easily. With more sexually experienced men, it might be due to psychological problems, like fear, stress or depression. Generally though go slow, enjoy the buildup of touching and caressing each other. Make time for oral sex during your physical interactions. Take time focusing on your partner as well as yourself. Communicate together about what feels nice, what doesn't and what you would like to try together. Experiment, explore and try new things! Make sure to use lots of lube and switch up the fun. Even if you do orgasm you can take some time to have oral sex with your partner until your body is ready to go again. Change positions and mix it up. Some people say condoms help them last longer, while others may use cock rings (just make sure it is the right size and not too tight!). Generally just remember that sex is more than just penetration and there are lots of ways to enjoy each other. If you are finding that you really cannot maintain an erection then it might be time to see a doctor. There are some medical conditions that can affect your performance but would need to be looked by a professional. You can also keep masturbating, however challenge yourself to last longer. Go slow, feel the way your body changes when you are getting closer to climax. Tease yourself, find tricks that help you delay the finish. Also check out: http://lovematters.co.ke/news/his-and-her-arousal-how-get-sync
I always have unprotected sex with my girlfriend but cant make a baby,she doesnt menstruate i donw know why maybe thats the problem we cant make babies
I experienced ED late last year but was hesitant to see a doc.When I did,tests revealed I was ok save for high cholesterol(9.3).Im presently on Atorvastatin which I will take for the next 6 wks.Will I ever be the bull I used to be?So scared.
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