Causes and Possible Treatments for ED (erectile dysfunction)
Information on the common causes and various remedy/treatment options available to males who suffer from erectile dysfunction; with a view of highlighting some of the contraindications and side effects associated with the reliance upon such treatment options.
Erectile dysfunction is the medical term used to refer to a disorder of the penis, whereby the male suffering from the condition is unable to achieve and/or sustain an erection. One of the problems with this definition is that it would suggest that a male who is unable to achieve an erection as a singular episode is afflicted with the condition when in reality, physicians would require this to be a continual process.
The factors that are either directly responsible, or at the very least, materially contributing to the onset of erectile dysfunction is legion and to hold a single factor as the singular catalyst upon which all responsibility and fault can be apportioned is both inappropriate and misleading.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by underlying physical health problems and conditions, including the likes of cardiovascular dysfunction, diabetes mellitus to emotional pathologies including depression and anxiety.
As such, a male who is currently experiencing erectile dysfunction will have to be prepared for a fairly exhaustive and probing investigation into their lifestyle and medical history in order to more accurately and readily pinpoint the underlying factors responsible.
A common fallacy that laypeople succumb to is that if erectile dysfunction has the same effect irrespective of the reason(s) as to why it has been caused, then surely this would mean that there is little need to diagnose the underlying cause?
In reality, sometimes erectile dysfunction can be an indicator of other, underlying problems with the anatomy and overall wellbeing of the patient that are yet to be identified and so as such, it is critical that the presence of erectile dysfunction is never casually dismissed or trivialised.
Furthermore, the precise cause of the erectile dysfunction experienced by the male in question will have significant ramifications as to what is the most appropriate form of treatment for them.
Curiously, one of the primary treatments prescribed for the combating of erectile dysfunction is exercise; in particular, aerobic exercise. The reason for this is simple: this form of exercise is specifically intended to raise the heart rate, meaning that more blood is circulated around the body. Given that the erection process is itself a hydraulic one, whereby the passage of blood to the penile chamber will then enable the erection to take place; renders this an appropriate remedy.
Medication is sometimes utilised although sparingly; due to the fact that there is a very real risk of priapism occurring. Priapism is classified as a medical emergency, and it is the jargon term used to refer to the process whereby genitalia (whether the penis or the clitoris) does not revert to its original, flaccid state.
Because of this risk; the usage of medication is closely monitored and prescribed to a very narrowly defined range of patients. Patients exhibiting any of the contraindications associated with the usage of the anti-erectile dysfunction medication will most likely be rejected and alternative therapy options sought.
Injection therapy is another alternative available, and one of the most common solutions used with regards to erectile dysfunction is Papaverine; although with a myriad of side effects ranging from vertigo and dizziness to opiate withdrawal have raised serious concerns to its efficacy.
There has also been a shift towards relying upon strictly pharmaceutical based solutions, to introducing a psychotherapy dynamic to the delivery package.