Erectile Dysfunction or ED is the constant failure to achieve and/or keep up an erection. This is especially frustrating to people in a relationship who are trying to maintain an active sex life.
Erectile Dysfunction is actually more common than we think. Studies conducted in different countries: China, USA, Germany, & Brazil, show that erectile dysfunction or ED affects 16 to 40% of the adult male population. And every year there are approximately 150 million new cases reported. And research suggests that it is becoming more and more common. In fact, the Boston University School of Medicine predicts that there will be an estimate of 322 million new cases of ED by 2025.
When talking about Erectile Dysfunction the first thing that will probably come to mind is old people having trouble maintaining an erection because, well, they are old. This is because old people are more susceptible to erectile dysfunction; however, ED can actually develop at any age. In fact, research in Italy showed that one in four patients who went in for erectile dysfunction is below 40 years old.
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?
To have an erection, mental or physical stimulation should be present so that the central nervous system can release nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is the one responsible for pushing the arteries connected to your penis to widen. This is so that blood could flow to the soft tissues to your penis.
Basically, the causes of erectile dysfunction or ED are most likely connected to the central nervous system or the cardiovascular system (blood flow). Meaning, erectile dysfunction can be linked to various health conditions. Like:
- High blood pressure
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Nerve or spinal injuries
- Hormonal conditions like hyperthyroidism or Cushing’s syndrome
- Peyronie’s disease
Most health conditions mentioned above often develop or show symptoms as people age. Which is probably the reason why ED is associated with old age.
Also, there are certain medications that cause temporary erectile dysfunction among men. Examples of these medications are antihypertensives, diuretics, antidepressants, antihistamines, and those which contain steroids.
Erectile Dysfunctions can also be caused by lifestyle factors, like:
- Lack of exercise
- Recreational drug use
- Drinking alcohol
Erectile Dysfunction can also be an early symptom of cardiovascular disease. So, if you are constantly struggling with ED, it is highly recommended that you get checked. Also note that psychological problems like depression, anxiety, and stress can also cause ED.
What can I do to stop ED?
If you are often experiencing ED, the best thing you can do is to get checked. Like we said, ED can be an early warning sign of different health conditions. You can also actively try to lessen ED by altering your lifestyle. You can try to:
- Lose some weight
- Give up cigarettes
- Exercise regularly
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Minimize exposure to stress
- Get help for mental health issues (like talking to a therapist)
Of course, the steps above are not fast treatments for ED. So for a much more instant result, you can take performance-enhancing supplements that contain Sildenafil or Tadalafil, like Viagra or Blue Chew (for those who do not like swallowing pills).
We hope this helps and see you in our next article!