Understanding Erectile Dysfunction
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You're having trouble with arousal in the bedroom and you don't know what's causing it…it could be erectile dysfunction. Understanding erectile dysfunction is an important step in getting the right treatment. Watch this video to learn more.
Transcript: If you're having trouble in the bedroom, you're not alone: At least 20 million American men experience...
If you're having trouble in the bedroom, you're not alone: At least 20 million American men experience erectile dysfunction. So what is erectile dysfunction anyway? Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability to achieve and/or sustain an erection that is suitable for sexual intercourse. To fully understand ED, it helps to look at the basic process that occurs when a man gets an erection. An erection may sound simple, but it's actually quite complex and requires several different processes working in harmony. The penile nerves must be functioning properly, blood circulation to the penis must be adequate and there must be a sexual stimulus to the brain. When a man becomes physically or mentally stimulated, his brain responds by sending chemical messages to the nerves in his penis. These messengers tell the blood vessels in the penis to relax so that blood can flow freely into the area. Once blood is within the penis, pressure traps it in the shaft, creating an erection that is sustained until ejaculation occurs or the exciting stimulus is diminished. Because an erection is such a complicated process, the causes of erectile dysfunction vary greatly, from lack of stimulus to psychological stress to a problem with the nerves in the penis. Up to 20 percent of all cases of ED can be traced to psychological factors. Many men who are under serious stress or are suffering from depression may be unable to maintain or even obtain an erection. Anxiety about performing poorly or guilt about sexual acts, are also common reasons for psychological ED. Another cause of the problem can be prescription or over-the-counter medications. In fact, over 200 FDA-approved drugs list ED as a side effect. Drugs that may cause problems in the bedroom include some antidepressants, like Prozac and Zoloft, diuretics like Lasix, antihistamines such as Benadryl and muscle relaxants like Norflex. Medications that men take for chemotherapy, prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease can also result in ED. Physical erectile dysfunction often stems from diseases like diabetes, kidney disease and vascular disease. Men with these conditions can have poor blood flow to the penis, resulting in decreased erections. Sometimes, an injury to the penis or pelvis area, or an invasive surgery, can cause ED, although these effects are often temporary. Finally, abuse of recreational drugs like alcohol, illegal opiates and tobacco, can also damage blood vessels and restrict blood flow to the penis. No matter the cause, for men who have difficulty sustaining an erection, a once enjoyable act can be anything but! While erectile dysfunction can be incredibly frustrating, there are treatments that can help, so talk to your doctor about ED.More »
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If you're experiencing erectile dysfuncion, you're probably looking for ways to treat it. Watch this video to find out more about ending erectile dysfuncion.
Transcript: One in ten American men suffer from erectile dysfunction. If you're among them, keep watching for treatments...
One in ten American men suffer from erectile dysfunction. If you're among them, keep watching for treatments that can help. Men who experience difficulty getting or maintaining an erection long enough to engage in sexual activity may have erectile dysfunction, or ED. Often, treatment starts with prescription medication. There are currently three drugs approved by the FDA to treat ED: Cialis, Levitra and Viagra. Each works in the same way. When a man becomes erect, the arteries in his penis carry blood through the spongy tissue inside. When genital blood doesn't flow properly, these medications can increase blood flow to the penis, resulting in an erection. All ED drugs should be taken about thirty minutes to an hour before sexual activity. The effects of Levitra and Viagra can last up to five hours, while Cialis can last up to 36. If a man does not respond to erectile dysfunction medications, his doctor may recommend a vacuum constriction device, or penis pump. The device works like this: The pump is placed over the penis. Then, air is pumped out of the cylinder so that a vacuum is created, drawing blood into the shaft and causing an erection. A retaining band is attached to the lower end of the penis to maintain the erection. Over 50 percent of men who use a vacuum constriction device are satisfied with the results. These are often people who have poor blood flow to the penis, diabetes, or psychological issues, like anxiety. An erection obtained in this manner tends to be purplish in color. Other side effects include a small bruise on the penis shaft and a decrease in the force of ejaculation. Another, more drastic, option for treating ED is a penile implant. This is not usually considered unless there is a clear medical cause for ED that is unlikely to improve. The penile prosthesis is usually inflatable. It has two cylinders that are placed in the penis and connected by tubing to a reservoir of fluid, which is located under the groin muscles. A pump is also added, under the skin of the scrotum. To inflate the penis implant, a man presses on this pump in the scrotum. The pump then transfers fluid from the reservoir into the cylinders in the penis, inflating them and causing an erection. Similarly, a valve returns the fluid to the reservoir and deflates the penis. Although a penile prosthesis does not change the sensation in the penis, once the prosthesis has been implanted, most men cannot get an erection naturally ever again. Despite this, up to 90 percent of men are satisfied with the results of their penile prosthesis. For men who have psychological problems that lead to ED, both sex therapy and individual counseling can help minimize the condition. Erectile dysfunction is common, but a number of treatment options can stop it from permanently affecting a couple's sex life. Remember to talk to your doctor before starting any treatment for ED.More »
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Erectile Dysfunction, you should be dealing with it in your 20's, right? Well, with today's video game and fast food culture, guys are having trouble getting it up. Our experts Ian Kerner and Logan Levkoff cover the causes and offer a few solutions.
Transcript: Ian: You know it's funny, when we hear about erectile disorder or we see the commercials for Viagra,...
Ian: You know it's funny, when we hear about erectile disorder or we see the commercials for Viagra, we tend to think of older men. But I get a lot of questions from guys in their 20s and early 30s who are suffering from erectile disorder and wonder if they're candidates for Viagra or whatnot. Erectile disorder is definitely something that affects men of all ages. Logan: And women are asking the same questions. They have younger male partners who are certainly not of the stereotypical ED med age and they're wondering is there something wrong with him? Is there something wrong with me? I though guys were supposed to be able get an erection at the drop of a hat? What's going on? Ian: Well, I think one factor is actually it's kind of a tough age, it's a tough era to sometimes be a young guy in. There's a lot of financial uncertainty out there. A lot of guys are unemployed. A lot of guys are worried about their future. And all of that kind of stress and anxiety can really take a toll on erectile quality. If a guy is really anxious and worried about that sort of thing, he might have a problem. Logan: And not to mention all the healthy issues. Smoking, being overweight, drinking too much can all contribute to the problem of erectile dysfunction. Ian: Yeah, I mean the quality of a man's erections, his erectile health, is really a function of his overall health. So if something is going on. If you're a young guy in your 20s or your 30s' it's one thing situationally to sometimes you know suffer from erectile disorder. Logan: Which does happen. The minute you have erectile dysfunction doesn't mean you need to go on meds. Ian: No, and the problem is don't psych yourself out. If it happens, get over it. Sex can be clumsy. Sex can be awkward. Sex has ups and downs -- no puns intended. Logan: And you laugh. There are uncomfortable moments too. Ian: But if you are suffering from ED chronically it could mean that there is a bigger health issue going on and you should absolutely go consult your doctor. Logan: I think that those are really important points. And also to remember that just because we live in a world that we have a million different ads for erectile dysfunction meds it doesn't mean we all have a problem. Ian: No, and a lot of young guys out there sometimes think almost automatically'. Logan: When is it going to happen? Ian: 'Should I take some sort of medication to help with my erection. Anyway, go to your doctor if you're having erectile problems. And if you want more tips like this, check out the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-12 | Tags »
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