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Erectile dysfunction is one of the most unpleasant health problems affecting men. It is defined as a type of sexual dysfunction characterized by inability to achieve and maintain an erection of the penis. Erectile dysfunction, also known as male impotence, usually has a severe impact on men’s self-esteem; it is associated with many serious psychological consequences and can even occasionally ruin the relationships.

Even though men rarely speak about this problem, it happens to most of them at some point in life. In most cases, erectile dysfunction appears as a temporary and reversible health problem that can be easily managed through simple lifestyle modifications.

Causes of erectile dysfunction

Penile erection is a result of interaction of various psychological, neural, vascular and endocrine factors. If any of these factors is disturbed, men are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. Physiologically, erection of the penis occurs when venous blood enters the penis and becomes retained in the spongy structures found on both sides male reproductive organ. In some cases, erectile dysfunction will occur as a result of psychological causes such as performance anxiety, stress, or negative emotions. Occasionally, it may occur because of other underlying health problems like coronary heart disease, hypertension or neural disorders. Lifestyle factors are also important for the development of this problem. Smoking or riding a bicycle are associated with high risk of male impotence.

Reversing erectile dysfunction

As already mentioned, erectile dysfunction is temporary and reversible in many cases. Most men will find a relief from the symptoms of impotence, as soon as they start to manage their psychological issues: to work on self-image, to ignore negative emotions and fight against performance anxiety.A first step in the treatment of smokers is to quit smoking as it promotes arterial narrowing and obstructs the flow of blood. Smokers should adopt a healthy lifestyle, eat a balanced diet and engage in regular physical activity.

People who spend long hours riding a bike should replace a classic seat for more comfortable one, and start wearing protective garments. Changing an angle of the seat or a riding style is also found to be helpful.

Kegel’s exercises, designed to promote strength and flexibility of pelvic muscles, can also reverse the erectile dysfunction. These exercises are also beneficial for treating prostate pain, benign prostatic hyperplasia, urinary incontinence, or pre-mature ejaculation. Kegel’s exercises can be done discretely at any time, and regular exercise can eliminate dysfunction in 40% of cases and improve sexual function in an additional 35% of cases.

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