You know you have erectile dysfunction when you are unable to keep a firm erection. It goes limp before you even begin to have sex. Some people call it; impotence. The truth is; at some point in every man’s life, a man experience this. At such times, it is usually caused by stress.
It is only when it becomes frequent, that it is seen as a health problem. It could also be an indication that you are going through emotional issues or having problems in your relationship.
How do I know if I have Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is not limited to the inability to become erect. You have erectile dysfunction if you are unable to ejaculate during sexual intercourse or if your erection doesn’t last for long especially if your penis goes limp during sex.
If you are experiencing any of these, then you need to see a doctor right away.
What causes Erectile Dysfunction?
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Erectile Dysfunction is caused by different factors, ranging from physical to emotional disorders.
Let me begin by saying that if you do notice any of the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction, then you need to see a doctor immediately to be properly diagnosed. It could be caused by some medical abnormalities you might be experiencing.
Erectile dysfunction could be caused by diabetes, heart disease, obesity, smoking, drug abuse, damage in the pelvis, Parkinson’s disease etc.
It can also be caused by psychological factors. For example, if you are depressed, afraid of intimacy, feeling guilty or anxious, then you might experience erectile dysfunction. It could be caused by either physical or psychological factor and sometimes, it is caused by both.
What negative effect does it have on me?
Having an Erectile Dysfunction affects you negatively especially psychologically. It could cause embarrassment and low self-esteem. This might cause a strain between you and your partner. It can also kill your sex life and might leave you disinterested in sex out of fear that you might not be able to rise up to the occasion.
It is normal that this brings up complications in your relationship and might lead to a break up.
Is there a way to prevent this?
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The best way to avoid this is to live a healthy lifestyle that will prevent diseases which might stimulate this dysfunction. If you don’t do these already, then you need a lifestyle change.
Here are some habits to cultivate;
- Stay stress free. Ensure that you find a way of relaxing after a long day at work. You could rest, read a book, listen to music; whatever works for you. The goal is; when you are done, you should feel relaxed.
- Exercise regularly. This keeps your body fit and prevents the occurrence of certain diseases and illnesses.
- If you are experiencing, anxiety or depressions, please seek help. Not just for your erection alone, but for your mental well-being.
- Go for regular checkups, screening and tests to ensure that nothing is wrong medically.
- Stop smoking, limit your intake of alcohol and do not abuse drugs.
How can I treat this?
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The first step to take is visit your doctor for a full diagnosis to be sure. When you are; you can use any of the following treatment measures
1. Use medications
After the diagnosis, your doctor will prescribe Erectile Dysfunction medication to help you manage the symptoms. It might take a while to get the right medication that suits you. Be ready to take different medications until you find the one that works for you.
Please, speak to your doctor immediately you notice any side effects.
2. Go natural
If you do not like medications, you could use natural remedies. You must however, confirm with your doctor before you begin to use.
You can buy herbs or supplements but you have to be careful as some might contain ingredients that weren’t indicated in the label. Your doctor could make recommendations for you. You should try not to buy the supplements online.
You could use herbs such as ginseng, yohimbe, etc.
3. Try therapy
This is very important especially if Erectile Dysfunction is caused by psychological factors like stress, depression, anxiety etc. This takes care of your mental health and makes it easy for you to address the reasons for those factors and ways you can overcome them.
You should also go for couple’s therapy especially if it is affecting your relationship. This might help your partner understand your frustrations and help you reconnect with her
4. Exercise your pelvic floor muscles
Exercising your pelvic muscles helps to improve penile function. You could try out Kegel exercises to strengthen these muscles.
- Know where the pelvic floor muscles are. To do so, try to hold back your pee while urinating. The muscles that make it possible for you to do that are the pelvic floor muscles. Note that, when these muscles contract, your penis will rise.
- Try contracting them for 5 seconds, the you should release. You could gradually move up to 10 seconds and then 20 seconds.
- You should do this about 10 times, then stop. Try it again later in the day. you could repeat it about 3 or 4 times in day.
It might take a while before you experience a change. But things should get better within 6 weeks.
5. Undergo surgery
There are different surgical procedures that can correct this defect. You can opt for penile implants. This is usually for men that did not respond well to medications. Also, vascular surgery is another good option. This is done to correct whatever defects in the blood vessels that might be causing erectile dysfunction.
You should however not that surgery should be the last option and should be done only for extreme conditions.
6. Get a vacuum erection device
Vacuum erection devices help to make your penis erect. This mechanical method is usually used by men who for some reasons, are unable to use drugs to treat the dysfunction. A vacuum pump is sealed around your penis and pumps up blood so you can get an erection. A band is usually used to hold this in place
Most men do not like this device because it doesn’t give room for spontaneous sex.
Erectile dysfunction doesn’t have kill your sex life. Immediately, you notice the symptoms, please visit your doctor. There are different treatments for Erectile Dysfunction. Find which works for you. And before you know it, you are experiencing sex like you never have before.
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