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Erectile dysfunction (ED) (man has trouble maintaining an erection)

Dr A Chakravarthy

Dr A Chakravarthy

  Btm layout, Bengaluru     Jun 14, 2017

   2 min     


Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when a man has trouble maintaining an erection.

This problem is more common among older men, but even the younger lot is not entirely safe from it, thanks to performance anxiety, relationship issues, stress, depression, medical complications, and so on. The temporary cure for ED may lie in simply popping pills prescribed by a sexologist, but for a more permanent and long term solution - lifestyle modifications are a must.

With expert inputs from Dr. A. Chakravarthy, President of the International Association of Sexual Medicine in Thiruvananthapuram, let us understand Erectile Dysfunction in detail.

Erectile Dysfunction is defined as the inability of the male to get and maintain his erection to achieve satisfactory intercourse. The causes of Erectile Dysfunction range from the psychological to physical and chemical. Causes like depression, guilt, performance anxiety, relationship trouble and stress, mentioned earlier, fall under the phsychological causes for ED.

Physical causes include : Smoking, diabetes mellitus, obesity (in some cases), drugs - drugs for hypertension. Psychotic drugs such as those for arteriosclerosis and hormonal imbalance can also cause ED in some unfortunate cases.

Typically, a decrease in testosterone can reduce the libido. As can hyperthyroidism - which involves negative effects from hormonal imbalances.

Neuorological conditions such as pelvic trauma, Peyronie's disease, alcoholism, and any serious physical illness - liver diseases, kidney diseases, cardiac diseases are also high risk situations for ED.

Who is at risk of erectile dysfunction?

The elderly

People with cardiovascular diseases

People with diabetes mellitus

High cholesterol patients

Frequent smokers

Recreational drug users

Those suffering from depression or other psychiatric disorders

Treating Erectile Dysfunction : ED treatment includes medication like pde5 inhibitors - sildenafil, tadalafil & Vardenafil, and intra cavernosal injections - inj papaverine. ED treatment also includes treatment of other physical problems through counselling, and sex therapy. Sex therapy is a unique and specialized form of professional counseling designed to help couples by sensate focusing.

What can people do on their own ? To prevent and fight Erectile Dysfunction men should attempt the following:

Quit smoking,

Exercise regularly

Reduce excess weight

Reduce excessive alcohol consumption,

Control hypertension

Control blood glucose level

Importance of erectile dysfunction screening: Screening for erectile dysfunction due to arteriosclerosis can predict the coronary artery disease and is a must for people suffering from Erectile Dysfunction.

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Apka Dost
Apka Dost |  June 15th, 2017

good advice sir I'm sex problem pesent Ur good sir thank you