Erectile dysfunction in detail

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is either a failure to produce an erection, or producing an erection that does not last. To that extent there is a range of failure from complete through partial. But there is no choice of treatment depending on the degree of failure. When you see your doctor, he or she will diagnose the source of the problem based on the symptoms and your medical history, lifestyle choices, and so on.

If you feel unconfortable with your regular doctor, get a referral to a specialist in ED. Show the doctor the results of this simple questionnaire. It will help break the ice. The first and most important question is whether the ED is a symptom of a more serious physical disease. Get the doctor to explain the diagnosis and the various treatment options. In most cases, levitra will be recommended. If you do have other problems, separate drugs or treatment will be prescribed.

How common is erectile dysfunction?

Because men find the problem deeply embarrassing, it has always been difficult to estimate how many men are affected. But with the launch of the little blue pill, men in surprising numbers suddenly appeared in their doctors’ offices to ask for a prescription. It appears the problem has been consistently underestimated. With the growth of the online pharmacies, the problem is going back underground with men preferring to seek their own treatment rather than admit to sexual failure.

At what age does it occur?

Erectile dysfunction is a problem that creeps up on men as they age. Seniors in their seventies and above are most commonly affected. In part this is due to a general loss of physical mobility and changes in the hormone levels, often resulting in a drop of libido. The most recent evidence shows levitra successful in keeping older men more sexually active for longer. It does affect younger men but, in terms of physical causes, the percentage of population affected is quite small. Even teens can experience performance anxiety where stress levels prevent the formation of an adequate erection.

What are the most comon causes?

Dividing the causes into two groups, the most common physical causes after aging are a hardening of the arteries which is an early symptom of heart disease and diabetes which causes damage to the nerve endings if not properly treated in time. Obviously, accidental injury and surgery in the region of the groin, e.g. to remove a growth in the prostate, also affect sexual performance. Lifestyle choices including excessive drinking and smoking play a part, as do some medications which have impotence as one of their more unfortunately side effects. Most physical causes respond well to levitra so long as alcohol intake is reduce and people quit smoking. Psychological problems do not necessarily respond to levitra but require separate treatment before libido is restored.

What are the treatments?

The most convenient treatment is the use of a pill like levitra but this may have to go in parallel with treatment for the underlying cause of the dysfunction, e.g. treatment for diabetes, heart disease, anxiety and depressive disorders, etc. Increasing the level of physical activity through exercise routines helps as do changes in lifestyle to reduce the intake of alcohol and quit smoking. There are alternatives in the form of injections and equipment but they are less convenient.