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Erectile Dysfunction

What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED, "male impotence ") is a sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance.
1 in every 10 males suffers from this problem.

What are the causes?
1. Problem with blood circulation, this can lead to permanent development of ED. Seen in cases like:
a. cardiovascular disease – in some cases it’s an initial signal of serious cardio-vascular disorder.
b. diabetes,
c. neurological problems (for example, trauma from prostatectomy surgery),
d. hormonal insufficiencies (hypogonadism)
e. drug side effects.
f. arsenic poisoning

2. Psychological impotence is where erection or penetration fails due to thoughts or feelings (psychological reasons).
3. Nicotine or tobacco in all forms.
4. Alcohol induced neuropathy (death of nerve)
5. Kidney failure
6. Aging

What are the symptoms?
Erectile dysfunction is characterized by the regular or repeated inability to obtain or maintain an erection. There are several ways that erectile dysfunction is analyzed:
• Obtaining full erections at some times, such as when asleep (when the mind and psychological issues, if any, are less present), tends to suggest the physical structures are functionally working.
• Obtaining erections which are neither rigid nor full (lazy erection), or are lost more rapidly than would be expected (often before or during penetration), can be a sign of a failure of the mechanism which keeps blood held in the penis, and may signify an underlying clinical condition, often cardiovascular in origin.
• Other factors leading to erectile dysfunction are diabetes mellitus (causing neuropathy) or hypogonadism (decreased testosterone levels due to disease affecting the testicles or the pituitary gland).

How to Treat it?
1. Exercise, particularly aerobic exercise is effective treatment.
2. Healthy diet with all nutrients
3. Counseling
4. Medical Checkup and Treatment of underlining cause.




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