About Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It is also sometimes referred to as impotence if it gets to a certain bad stage.

Occasional ED isn’t uncommon. Many men experience it during times of stress. Frequent ED can be a sign of health problems that need treatment. It can also be a sign of emotional or relationship difficulties that may need to be addressed by a professional.

What we are discussing here, however, is the biologically confirmed and consistent experience of erectile dysfunction in men. It should be stressed that ED does not heal itself and if left unattended to it gets worse. Most men above the age of forty experience some form of ED although its severity differs from men to men. However, almost all men managing Diabetics or Hypertension experience ED on a permanent basis.


Erectile dysfunction could be very frustrating both for the man and the spouse. It has pushed many men into pornography while they live in a world of imaginary sexual satisfaction. It has triggered suspicion in marriages when the man is unable to satisfy his wife. His level of self-confidence and esteem as the King over his woman drops and every move of the wife is sometimes suspected that she might be cheating to get what the husband cannot give.


What causes an erection?
An erection is the result of increased blood flow into your penis. Blood flow is usually stimulated by emotional thoughts, touch or sight of an opposite sex. When a man allows this feeling to continue with a strong desire to have sex the brain instructs the blood circulation system to redirect the flow of blood into the artery and vein that carry blood into the penis.

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Blood supply to the penis during an erection
During an erection, the arteries expand to increase blood flow to the penis. The blood fills two tubes of spongy tissue in the penis (corpus cavernosa). This causes them to swell, making the penis larger and stiff, so it angles out from the body. The veins narrow, which traps the blood and maintains the erection. After the man ejaculates or is no longer sexually aroused, the veins expand and the trapped blood flows back to the body. The penis returns to its normal size and becomes soft (flaccid).


Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
While there are many causes of erectile dysfunction for the purpose of this we are going to focus on the erectile dysfunction caused by lack of blood flow or partial lack of blood flow into the penis.
1. Blockage in the arteries that take blood to the penis
2. Blockage in the spongy veins in the corpora cavernosa
Blockages in the arteries could be caused by either of the following:
1. Damage to the arteries due to cardio vascular disease, diabetics or hypertension.
2. Blockages to the arteries and veins in the corpora carvenosa. This is the commonest cause of erectile dysfunction because corpora cavernosa is a spongy network of the tinniest veins in the body of a man.

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