Erection Problems in Men: Causes and Treatments

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What are Erection Problems?

For many men, erection problems remain undiagnosed and untreated by medical professionals due to the afflicted individual’s hesitating to report the problem. This typically occurs as a result of perceived embarrassment or shame in the mind of the man suffering from the erection disorder.

Erection problems affect a surprising number of men each year, with cases of common erectile problems being reported in virtually every major country on the planet. That being said, an increasing* amount of research has been devoted to this commonly occurring sexual disorder, allowing individuals to engage in effective self-diagnosis without having to discuss their problems in public.

We’ve included a variety of information here about the common causes of erection problems, as well as a variety of helpful tips that can be used to help men educate themselves on popular treatment plans.

What are the Causes?

One of the first questions men ask themselves after discovering that they have an erection problem is “why me?” Although the onset of erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, may come as a complete surprise to a number of men, the reasons for the onset of these particular physical responses may be the product of a surprising number of factors.

Stress is one of the primary external factor that can directly influence a man’s ability to achieve or sustain an erection. Prolonged periods of stress cause the body to release two stress-related hormones, cortisol and norepinephrine. A hormonal imbalance of this particular variety can quickly cause a man to lose* interest in sex and, in severe cases, induce impotence.

Outside of stress, the primary causes of erectile dysfunction are a hormonal imbalance. The body gradually begins producing* decreased* levels of testosterone as men age beyond their 40’s, resulting in a decreased* desire for physical intimacy and, in some cases, short-term or prolonged impotency. Although a decrease* in testosterone levels is a natural part of aging, some men may experience abnormal fluctuations in their testosterone levels at an earlier age.

Erection Problems

Home Care

A number of over-the-counter prescription medications are available for men suffering from erectile dysfunction. These products typically require a prescription (unless they are an herbal supplement) and will help men achieve erection for limited periods of time.

What Treatments are Available?

Injections into the Penis

Alprostadil is one of the most common penile injection drugs used to treat* erectile dysfunction. The drug functions by expanding blood vessels in the region, ensuring* that an erection can be achieved. These injections can be administered by both medical professionals and afflicted individuals.

Medicines Inserted into the Urethra

Some men may benefit from medicine inserted directly into the urethra. Typically, small medicinal pellets are injected into the urethra using a small applicator. The medicine inside the pellet is absorbed into the penis through the lining of the urethra. Typically, erections will occur within 10 minutes and last between 30 – 60 minutes.

Medicines Taken by Mouth

Medicines

Oral prescription medications are some of the most common remedies for erectile dysfunction. These products are sold in pharmacies across the country and require a prescription from a medical professional.

Surgery

Penile implants are an excellent solution for men who are not able to achieve satisfactory results using previous methods. Depending upon the individual’s particular preferences, both semi-rigid and inflatable implants are available.

Vacuum Devices

These products typically function by drawing blood into the penis through the use of a vacuum tube and pump. Although vacuum devices are not a long-term solution for erectile dysfunction, they can help men achieve erections for short periods of time.

When to Contact a Medical Professional?

Although short-term erectile dysfunction will happen to the majority of men at some point in their lives, it may be necessary to contact a medical professional if erectile dysfunction persists over an extended period of time.

Conclusion

For the majority of men, erection problems can be identified and remedied quickly and easily. If erectile dysfunction persists, men are encouraged to contact a medical professional who can properly diagnose their condition.

For many men, confronting these problems may prove to be difficult due to a fear of being judged or ridiculed. Unfortunately, a large number of erectile issues are never treated due to these perceived insecurities. Because of this, we highly recommend that afflicted men engage in direct and honest communication with their intimate companions about the troubles they are facing. Not only will this alleviate* any possible tensions arising from the occurrence of this particular sexual disorder, but it will provide men with a solid support* base during the treatment phase of their condition.

Erection problems don’t have to be the end of sexual intimacy for men of any age. Through proper diagnosis and smart, educated treatment, men can quickly find a solution for these erectile dysfunction issue, allowing them to return to their intimate love life without fear of performance issues.

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Expert Author : Mark Simms (Consumer Health Digest)

Mark Simms is a prolific freelance health and beauty writer, independent researcher with a long history and expertise of providing reliable and relatable health content for magazines, newsletters, websites including blogs and journals. He also enjoy exploring men’s and women’s health category writing articles about sex and relationships, product review and providing information on sexual health.