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A WOMAN’s Guide To Erectile Dysfunction
October 15, 2018
Updated May 2023
Ladies, this article will interest you if your man is having trouble in the ‘performance’ department.
Erectile Dysfunction causes a lot of distress in many men who are too embarrassed to talk about it and clarify any issues they may have in this regard. It is a very common problem.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is also known as Impotence. Even though embarrassing to the individual, it’s a real complaint that many men prefer not to discuss – even with their doctor.
This is quite understandable but worrying – especially more in societies with little accurate information about the condition.
However, if only we can get men with this condition to open up to a competent doctor, they are likely to get the solution in many cases.
Regretfully in many low and middle-income countries like Nigeria, a lot of ‘cures’ exist in the public space for impotence problems.
They are NOT real or effective treatments.
ED causes are usually either physical or psychological problems.
Physical problems that cause ED:
Psychological Problems that cause ED:
There are some other situations that can increase the risk of developing ED – which include:
Next, to consider treatment, we would need to identify if any of the above conditions are present – either physical or psychological (or both) – increasing the risk of ED.
In conditions like Diabetes, Hypertension or high Cholesterol, there is a change to the blood vessels that supply the penis.
This means the blood vessels in these conditions are at risk of becoming damaged by fat/cholesterol.
When damaged, the blood vessels get harder and narrow affecting the healthy blood flow to the penis.
In order for an erection to happen, blood needs to flow into the tissues of the penis and leads to the turgid, erect, ‘hard’ state.
Male arousal triggers blood flow to the penis, which sends in the hormone that stimulates all the activity, leading to increased blood flow.
Normal functioning nerves to the penis and a normal blood supply are both necessary for this to happen.
Anything that interrupts this process can result in Erectile Dysfunction.
With psychological symptoms, the anxious mind has challenges:
Mostly by a desire to ‘perform’ well and so be unable to achieve arousal leading to problems with erection.
Low mood or depression leads to stress which causes reduced libido or desire for sexual activity.
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The main assumption is that there is just one medicine or drug to treat ED.
People should realise that since there are many causes, speaking to your doctor about your symptoms is important.
This allows us to identify the cause in your specific case.
Treatment will then be based on the cause.
It is important to see a competent physician to manage the problem.
Erectile Dysfunction is treatable in many cases, so men who suffer from this problem are encouraged to seek medical review rather than rely on taking herbal concoctions or other preparations without reference to the cause.
Editing by AskAwayHealth Team
All AskAwayHealth articles are written by practising Medical Practitioners on a wide range of healthcare conditions to provide evidence-based guidance and to help promote quality healthcare. The advice in our material is not meant to replace the management of your specific condition by a qualified healthcare practitioner.
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