What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. However, problems getting or keeping an erection can signify an underlying health condition that needs treatment. Occasional erectile dysfunction is not uncommon, but if erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction can result from a problem with any of the factors mentioned above. However, stress and mental health concerns can cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. Sometimes a combination of physical and psychological issues causes erectile dysfunction. For instance, a minor physical condition that slows your sexual response might cause anxiety about maintaining an erection. The resulting stress can lead to or worsen erectile dysfunction.
Is erectile dysfunction manageable?
Specific exercises can help manage erectile dysfunction, such as:
- Kegel exercises – are simple movements you can do to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
- Aerobic exercise – moderate to vigorous exercise is not only good for your overall health, it can also increase blood flow, possibly helping with erectile dysfunction, for example running and swimming.
- Yoga – can help to relax your mind and body. Since stress or anxiety can cause or contribute to erectile dysfunction, practicing yoga may effectively ease erectile dysfunction symptoms.
Is erectile dysfunction treatable?
Yes, almost all cases of erectile dysfunction are treatable, and treatment can lead to better overall physical and emotional health for nearly every patient and improve intimacy for couples. Make a booking to visit your doctor and get back control.
When to consult a doctor?
Please consult an Intercare doctor when:
- You are concerned about your erections or other sexual problems, such as premature or delayed ejaculation.
- You have diabetes, heart disease, or other known health conditions that might be linked to erectile dysfunction.
- You have other symptoms along with erectile dysfunction.