Erectile Dysfunction or ED is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. ED can be a total inability to achieve an erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. ED is sometimes called impotence, but that word is being used less often so that it will not be confused with other, non-medical meanings of the term.
Damage to nerves, arteries, smooth muscles, and fibrous tissues, often as a result of disease, is the most common cause of ED. Diseases-such as diabetes, high blood pressure, nerve disease or nerve damage, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis, and heart disease-account for the majority of ED cases. Surgery — especially radical prostate and bladder surgery for cancer — can also injure nerves and arteries near the penis, causing ED. Injury to the penis, spinal cord, prostate, bladder, and pelvis can lead to ED by harming nerves, smooth muscles, arteries, and the fibrous tissues of the corpora cavernosa. Patients need to be thoroughly evaluated for these conditions before they begin any form of treatment for ED.
A person’s medical and sexual histories help define the degree and nature of ED. Most doctors suggest that treatments proceed from least to most invasive. Making a few healthy lifestyle changes may solve the problem. Quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, losing excess weight, and increasing physical activity may help some men regain sexual function.
ED can be treated through Psychotherapy, Drug Therapy, Oral Medications, Vacuum Devices and using Surgical Implants.
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