Erectile dysfunction is something that can be an occasional and temporary problem or a long-term or chronic problem regarding the ability to achieve and maintain erection.Having problems with erection from time to time is usually nothing to worry about. Sometimes a man is just too tired or stressed, or involved in some emotional problems, which directly affects the erection.
Sometimes there is a physiological cause of erectile dysfunction or an underlying health problems. in those cases erectile dysfunction is usually a chronic problem that needs to be addressed.
In any case, if erectile dysfunction causes frustration and embarrassment, or if it is a recurring problem, it is better to see a doctor. Many causes of erectile dysfunction can be solved, which will automatically solve erection problems as well. In addition, erectile dysfunction can have an emotional or psychological source, in which case it is recommended to seek help from a therapist or a counselor.
There are also many ways to overcome erectile dysfunction. Medication seems to be the most popular option, with products such as Viagra, which are widely available. There are also special devices that seem to do wonders for many men who suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Risk factors for erectile dysfunction
Sadly, advanced age is one of the most significant risk factors for erectile dysfunction. As a man gets older, a lot of changes take place in his body that does not seem to work as well as it used to. This includes erection too. Older people often experience difficulties achieving and keeping the erection for the required time. It may take longer to get an erection and it may not be very firm. This is not necessarily a direct consequence of getting older. Sometimes there is an underlying condition or medications that interfere with normal erection.
Medical conditions, especially diabetes and heart disease, as well as circulatory problems, are also significant risk factors.
Some medications are known for causing erectile dysfunction as a side effect. These include antidepressants, drugs for anxiety, drugs for schizophrenia, antihistamines, diuretics and some pain killers.
Smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products is also not recommended. Tobacco narrows the blood vessels and reduces circulation, which has a direct negative effect on erection.
Alcohol, illegal drugs and other unhealthy habits are also considered as risk factors for erectile dysfunction.
Other risk factors include injuries, surgery, obesity and prolonged cycling, as well as psychological conditions like depression or anxiety.