What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction, also known as impotence, is the inability of a man to get or maintain an erection in the penis during sexual intercourse. It can also be considered as the sexual inactiveness that sets in due to health problems.
Occasional ED is common among men, especially when the body is stressed, but this becomes a concern if sexual inactivity or an inability to maintain an erection occurs over a long period of time. When inadequate sexual performance is consistently experienced, then there is a health problem that needs urgent treatment.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
Anyone suffering from ED will experience a series of sexual difficulties, which include:
- Inability to have an erection for sexual intercourse
- Inability to maintain an erection that is adequate for sexual activity.
- Reduced sexual desire
- Premature ejaculation
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Erection is a result of increased blood flow through the penis which stimulates sexual activeness. Anything that hinders the easy flow of blood into your penis can be a cause of erectile dysfunction. The major possible causes of ED are:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Vascular disease
- Hormonal disorder
- Surgical damages
- Low testosterone levels
- Sleep disorder
- Injection of hard drugs
- Excess alcohol consumption and smoking
- Neurologic conditions
- Parkinson’s disease
Consequences of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction has a great negative psychological effect on those suffering from it. Not only will patients suffering from ED have the inability to perform sexually, but it can also bring down their self-esteem. It can make you feel incomplete and affect you emotionally and psychologically.
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment and Care
If a patient is suffering from erectile dysfunction, specific laboratory tests must be performed to determine the cause of the underlying condition. Common tests for ED include:
- Physical exam: This test includes the checking of your heart, lungs, and blood pressure for activeness, and examination of your testicles and penis.
- Urinalysis: Urine test is used to determine the level of sugar and other diabetes-causing ingredients in your body. It also helps to figure out other underlying health conditions such as testosterone deficiency.
- Blood tests: A blood test involves the laboratory examination of your blood sample to check for your blood sugar level, hormone level, kidney problems, and many more.
- Psychological test: This entails being screened by a doctor for depression and other possible psychological causes of ED.
- Nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) test: This test is used to determine the penile rigidity or quality of nocturnal erections in patients.
- Ultrasound: This is an ED test used to determine the performance of the blood vessels of the penis and figure out if there is a problem with the penile blood flow.
Erectile dysfunction can be treated in many surgical and non-surgical ways, which include:
- Exercise: Exercise can be used to treat ED. Simple movements that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, yoga to relax your mind and body, and aerobic exercises, such as jogging and cycling, can help to treat ED.
- Medication: Oral medications such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Stendra can be used to treat ED.
- Food: Certain foods can be used to maintain the body’s blood vessel health. Foods like vegetables, fruits, and grains can be used to treat ED.
- Surgery: Vascular surgery or penile implants may be necessary if medications and other treatment types are not effective.
Schedule an Appointment with Performance Boost Center, Newport Beach
Performance Boost Center, Newport Beach offers reliable treatment service to erectile dysfunction patients. Our certified and experienced doctors perform necessary evaluations to determine the cause of your ED and find effective measures to cure it. To schedule an appointment, contact us by calling 949-312-4465.