Talking about erection issues may be uncomfortable, but if you suffer from the problem of achieving or maintaining an erection, you have good reason to talk with a professional health care provider. Erection problems not only interfere with your sex life, but they can also be a symptom of other problems that may be affecting your health. In the past, erection problems were referred to as “impotence”. Now the more common term is “erectile dysfunction”.
How is an erection produced? Hormones, blood vessels, nerves, and muscles must work together to produce an erection. The erection begins when the brain sends nerve impulses to the penis in response to sexual stimulation.
Some possible sexual stimuli:
• Caresses • Something seen or heard • Sexual thoughts or desires
These nerve impulses cause the muscles in the penis to relax, allowing blood to flow into the spongy tissue of the penis. Blood collects in this tissue like water absorbed into a sponge. The penis enlarges and becomes firmer, like an inflated balloon. The veins are then closed, preventing blood from flowing out of the penis.After an orgasm, or when sexual arousal ends, veins reopen and the blood drains and flows back to the body.
What is erectile dysfunction? Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, refers to the inability to achieve or maintain an erection or stiffness of the penis long enough to have satisfactory sexual intercourse. To maintain an erection, blood must be able to move in the penis and remain in it until orgasm. It is possible that a man is occasionally unable to get an erection at all or that they may lose it during intercourse but if it is a persistent condition the medical term is erectile dysfunction.
What are the causes of erectile dysfunction? Different conditions can lead to erectile dysfunction. Most of these conditions are health problems that affect the heart and blood vessels and require medical treatment, in order to help prevent more serious health problems. • high blood pressure • high cholesterol • diabetes • Atherosclerosis
Harmful habits can also contribute to erectile dysfunction. Everything that is bad for your heart is also bad for your sexual health. • abusive consumption of drugs and alcohol • smoking • binge eating / overeating • lack of exercise • fatigue
Nerve damage resulting from a variety of causes may interfere with nerve signals that produce an erection. • spinal cord injury • treatments for prostate cancer, including radiotherapy and transurethral resection of prostate surgery. • multiple sclerosis and other diseases affecting the nervous system
Some prescription medications, such as certain antidepressants or medications for high blood pressure, may cause erectile dysfunction.A small amount of erectile dysfunction cases are caused by a reduced level of the male hormone called testosterone.Doctors used to think that the majority of the cases of erectile dysfunction were caused by mental or emotional problems. We now know that the majority of cases have a physical cause. However, depression, worry or anxiety can also cause erectile dysfunction. Furthermore, erectile dysfunction due to physical causes can lead to depression and worry therefore aggravating erectile dysfunction.
One should not assume that erectile dysfunction is part of the normal aging process. It is very probable that there is a different cause. It is true that as you get older you may need more stimulus – stroking and touching - to achieve an erection. Also, you may need more time between erections, but older men should still be capable of achieving an erection and enjoying sex.
It is a problem only for men? Sexual dysfunction also affects women, but the most common term is frigidity.There are many problems that can prevent a woman from enjoying sex.
These include: • Lack of sexual desire • Inability to achieve arousal • Lack of orgasm or sexual climax • Painful intercourse
These problems may have physical or psychological causes. Physical causes include diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, nervous disorders or hormonal problems. Some drugs can also affect a persons desire and sexual function. Psychological causes can include anxiety and work-related stress. Depression or concerns about marital problems and relationships can also be causes. For some women, the problem is a result of sexual trauma in the past. By all means, if the problem lasts more than a few months or causes you or your partner stress, you should go to a health care professional because in most cases the problem can be solved.
How is sexual dysfunction cured? For many men and women, lifestyle changes can help: • Reduce the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs. • Get plenty of rest and take time to relax. • Exercise and eat a healthy diet to maintain good circulation. • Practice safe sex, which reduces fear of contracting HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. • Talk openly with your partner about sex and your relationship. Share what you enjoy during sex and what you don´t like.
Couples who cannot talk to each other are likely to have problems with sexual intimacy. Men who have problems talking about their feelings may find it difficult to share with their partner any anxieties about their sexual performance. In these circumstances, counseling or therapy can be helpful for both you and your partner.
Currently, there are many treatment options that include oral medications, injections into the penis, medicines inserted into the urethra, vacuum devices and surgery.Among the traditional medication that is prescribed to treat erectile difficulties caused by either physical or psychological problems we can find: sildenafil (Viagra), Vardenafil (Levitra), and tadalafil (Cialis). These medications work only when the man is sexually excited and begins to work in 15 to 45 minutes.
In our professional practice we have achieved successful results for both men and women through a unique method combining homeopathy, phytotherapy (herbalism) and orthomolecular supplements (vitamin therapy). With this method we are able to simultaneously target and treat the psychological or emotional side and the physical side, as opposed to traditional medicine, achieving continual improvement, definitively, consistently and without side effects.
Some of the remedies that produce very good results are:
For each case it is necessary to look at the sensitive typology of the patient, determine if it is a physical or psychical cause, what makes it better or worse, how long they have had it. The patients environment, their relationship with their sexual partner, self esteem and how the problem affects life in general are all important factors. Through a careful consideration of all these areas, we can recommend a specific treatment.