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Resurrect Your Sex Life: What To Do About ED

Posted in Sexual Health 18 Dec, 2014

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can be a devastating experience, not only in terms of sexual performance, but due to the impact it can have on the psychological and emotional wellbeing of yourself and your partner.

Why does ED happen?

Otherwise known as impotence, erectile dysfunction is a very common condition, with almost half of men aged 40-70 being affected to some extent.

Generally, ED is the result of a lack of blood flow to the penis and this could be caused by numerous factors. This includes the nerves of the penis not functioning correctly, veins being unable to trap and keep blood inside the penis and a lack of brain stimulus that would otherwise incite a sexual response.

What are the causes?

If you can't get an erection you might find that there is an underlying psychological cause such as stress, anxiety or depression that may or not be related to relationship issues. Perhaps you've been worrying about your career or fretting over your financial situation. All of these factors can contribute to your state of mind and ability to relax and maintain an erection.

If you've tried on numerous occasions to get an erection but can't under any circumstances, then it's more likely there is a physical cause related to a health condition. This could include nerve diseases, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) or venous leakage, otherwise known as weak veins.

Other triggers for ED include alcohol, smoking, prescription medications and recreational drugs all of which can have an impact on the blood supply to the penis.

What about treatments?

It's important to follow a healthy lifestyle and avoid smoking, drinking alcohol excessively, taking recreational drugs or anything else that can directly impact blood pressure. For that reason you might want to monitor any medications, antidepressants or blood pressure tablets that your doctor has put you on to see if they have an effect.

Erectile dysfunction can also result from low testosterone and hormone replacement therapy may be one solution to consider. Sildenafil Citrate, otherwise known as Viagra, can help as it enables the muscles and the blood vessel walls to relax, increasing blood flow to the penis, especially during sexual stimulation.

Psychosexual therapy is another option to consider, particularly if you or your partner are holding back from discussing any sexual or emotional issues. Discussing things may help resolve these problems, enabling you to relax in each other's presence, thereby making sexual stimulation and achieving an erection much easier.

If you have problems with erectile dysfunction or any other male sexual issues, you might want to speak with a doctor, who can advise you on the right course of treatment for you.

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