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Erectile Dysfunction: Learn about Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Rajesh Khanna



Erectile Dysfunction: Learn about Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

We men often face several problems in the bedroom. Of which, one is Erectile dysfunction (also called impotence)—trouble getting an erection when you need it.

We often prefer taking Viagra (little blue pill) or other medications to fix erection issues. But, popping ED pills isn’t the solution. And, men may experience several side-effects—headache, abnormal vision, insomnia, tingly feeling, etc.

Erectile Dysfunction: Learn about Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Erectile Dysfunction: Learn about Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Although a visit to a certified doctor’s clinic can help you get the right Erectile Dysfunction treatment, you should understand the inside story behind the problem.

Do you know—what causes erectile dysfunction? What are the different ED treatment methods available? How do you know that you have ED?

Read along to get answers to these questions!

Symptoms of erectile dysfunction

In the past, Erectile Dysfunction was linked with the aging process. But, now, you can see lots of young guys having erection problems even in their 20s or 30s.

A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2013 stated that 1 in 4 men diagnosed with Erectile Dysfunction was under 40.

Here are some of the most common signs/symptoms of male impotence:

  • No sex with the partner: Struggling to get an erection for sex
  • Penetration issues: Getting too soft erections, which are unable to penetrate
  • Night-time erections: experiencing multiple erections during the night.
  • Low libido: Reduced interest in sexual activity

What causes erection problems?

Erectile Dysfunction: Learn about Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Erectile Dysfunction: Learn about Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Before you perform an online search for ED treatment doctors in your area, let’s learn what’s causing it? There can be various physical and psychological factors that affect erections in men.

Psychological factors:

In about 15-20% of cases, ED is due to psychological reasons. Some experts also call it psychological-related erectile dysfunction. Studies have proved that sexual performance is directly linked to mood. If you are stressed, getting a fully erected penis for sex is impossible provided you haven’t taken any ED pill.

Some of the most common psychological causes of erectile dysfunction are:

  • Stress: Can be related to job, money problems, the death of a loved one, relationship issues, etc.
  • Anxiety: Fear of sexual failure, performance anxiety, nervousness, and worries about the recurrence of the problem.
  • Depression: Depression affects men in both ways – psychologically and physically. Even if you have no fear about your sexual performance, depression can cause ED.  Some anti-depressants also affect erections.
  • Guilt thoughts: Feeling guilty by not satisfying your partner’s sexual desires.

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Physical factors:

Erectile dysfunction is linked to the blood supply. If there isn’t enough blood flow in the penis, you will get weak erections. It can happen due to various health conditions.

Some physical factors that develop ED in men are:

  • High blood pressure: It narrows blood routes, thus causing circulatory problems. High blood pressure can be due to heavy drinking, smoking, obesity, and eating high salt foods.
  • Diabetes: High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels, thus affecting erections.
  • High cholesterol: Associated with heart disease and restricted blood flow. Causes include bad eating habits, too much boozing, smoking, etc.
  • Low-T: Disturbance in hormone levels can result in low libido and erection issues. Hormone replacement therapy is a recommended treatment for low-T.
  • Penile fracture: Due to forceful bending of the penis and certain sex positions like women on the top. Penis fractures can lead to long-term potency and affect sexual function as well.
  • Obesity: Men who are overweight are 2½ times more likely to have erection problems than those who are fit. Obesity increases the risks of health conditions (heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and atherosclerosis) that cause ED.
  • Alcohol consumption: Alcohol abuse has a direct connection with nerve damage, liver problems, and increased risks of various cancers.

Erectile dysfunction treatment – what are the options?

There are various methods to regulate the blood flow in the genitals. Your doctor can help get the best ED treatment.

Here are some expert-approved methods to get off erection problems:

  • PDE5 inhibitors: PDE type-5 inhibitors are helpful in increasing the blood flow. These are Viagra (sildenafil citrate), Levitra (vardenafil HCl), Stendra (avanafil), and Cialis (tadalafil).
  • Testosterone replacement therapy: Testosterone therapy is helpful in fixing the problems like low-T and reduced sex drive.
  • Vacuum therapy: Low-pressure vacuum is created around the penis to trap more blood. More than 75% of the ED patients get healthy erections using this method.
  • Self-injection: Injecting Alprostadil into the base of the penis can help in relaxing the blood vessels and improving the circulation. The success rate is 85%.
  • Exercising and eating healthy foods: Doing physical exercises and eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Psychotherapy: Consulting with a certified psychologist to manage stress, depression, anxiety, and other psychological factors that affect erections.

To wrap it up, ED is an embarrassing sexual condition, which almost all men have to deal with. Struggling once in the bedroom doesn’t mean you have erectile dysfunction; it can be due to some temporary issues. So, always visit a certified doctor who can help you identify and get ED treatment fast.

Have you ever experienced ED in your life? What do you do to get an erect penis for sex? Give your answers in the comment box below. However, feel free to ask any question.

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Response to Bipolar Treatment is also Affected by Diet and Weight

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Response to Bipolar Treatment is also Affected by Diet and Weight

A new clinical trial at the ENCP (European College of Neuropsychopharmacology), Barcelona, has shown that people’s response to treatments for bipolar disorder is also affected by their diet quality and body weight. This is a positive sign for those having bipolar disorder since it means that making changes in quality of a diet can also help in treating the problem itself. Though the results are still very early.

A group of German, Australian and American scientists have also shown that the patients who have better diet quality, low BMI (Body Mass Index) and lower inflammatory diet, response better towards nutraceutical treatment, that is included as a part of the clinical trial.

Around 133 participants were randomly asked to take a combination of nutraceuticals (compounds taken from foods like vitamins or minerals that treat or prevent a disease/disorder). Participants also received the study medication in addition to some stable treatments they were already being given.

The researchers then measured their BMI and then the depression, and how a person is able to function in their daily life. Researchers also rated whether a participant was improving, and how much, over the past 20 weeks. After that, the participants filled a questionnaire in which they wrote about what they generally eat throughout a year. From this, the researchers calculated their diet quality score. In that, a good diet involved fruits, vegetables, while a poorer diet included saturated fat, alcohol, and refined carbohydrates. Then they were categorized as either anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory diets, based on foods affecting inflammation.

This directly means that the bipolar disorder treatments would also need to take care of what a person eats and also their weight.

Speaking about this study, Melanie Ashton, researcher of Deakin University in Australia, said that if they can confirm the results after this study, then it’s a good news for people having bipolar disorder since there is a great need for better treatments for the depressive phase of Bipolar Disorder.

She also said that the team found that those who had a better quality of diet, a diet with anti-inflammatory properties, or a lower BMI, showed a better response to add-on nutraceutical treatment than did those who were found to be having a low-quality diet or who were overweight.

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