he first thing I am going to say in this article is that if you occasionally struggle to get or maintain an erection, that is totally normal! Whether you are physically exhausted, mentally blocked or under a lot of pressure, it is completely natural to struggle with an erection! It is only when the lack of erections persists and begins to disrupt your sex life that it begins to become a problem.
The other thing I want to say before we get into any details is that if you feel you do suffer from erectile dysfunction, let your partner know (if you have one) and most importantly see a doctor. Make sure you know the cause of your erectile dysfunction before you treat it, or you could potentially be making things worse. Do not self-medicate, and see your doctor before taking any drugs or supplements.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is the continued inability to get and/or maintain an erection hard enough for you to have sex. You may also feel your sex drive decrease. Sometimes erectile dysfunction can also be accompanied by premature ejaculation or delayed ejaculation.
What are the causes?
Some of the physical causes of erectile dysfunction include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, clogged blood vessels, obesity, diabetes, sleep disorders and many more. However, male sexual arousal is more than just physical. Anxiety, stress and other mental health concerns can also lead to impotence. It is possible for these mental conditions to worsen existing erectile dysfunction too.
As well as direct causes, there are also some risk factors that may contribute to the development of erectile dysfunction. These include age (as you get older it can become more difficult to get a strong erection), tobacco use, alcohol and/or substance abuse, injuries and medications. Some medications that you might be taking to manage allergies or mental illness can contribute to erectile dysfunction.
It is important to understand the underlying cause of your erectile dysfunction before you begin treatment. Sometimes, just treating the underlying cause can help you overcome erectile dysfunction without any further treatment required.
Complications of Erectile Dysfunction
The main complication that can come about is an unsatisfactory sex life. This may affect your relationship with your partner, and cause you embarrassment or lower your self-esteem. This, in turn, can cause stress and anxiety, which doesn’t help the issue. Another difficulty that can arise is the inability to get your partner pregnant.
A great way to help prevent erectile dysfunction is to limit the risk factors that apply to you. Obviously, there are some that can’t be helped, such as age, but there are many things you can do to reduce your chances of impotence, such as:
- Eating healthily and getting plenty of exercises
- Stop smoking and drinking/drug taking
- Find ways of reducing stress, such as meditating or reading
- Get on top of any mental health concerns by seeking help
- See your doctor regularly for tests and/or to keep on top of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease
If the steps you have taken to prevent erectile dysfunction haven’t worked and the difficulty in getting and maintaining erections persists, see your doctor. They will be able to prescribe you something that will work for you, without any potentially dangerous side effects. Viagra is the most commonly prescribed drug, but there are other natural supplements available, as well as penis pumps (eg Bathmate Hydromax that helps with erections). I will cover more about pumps in follow up update of this page.
You can check the link in the reference* for a quick guide about Bathmate Hydromax water based pump.
For fighting ED, penis pumps can be a handy device as it helps you to gain erection on demand.
I have covered the review of Bathmate in this video.
Watch the video for more details.
The most important thing is to see a doctor. Only a medical professional will be able to help you with your erectile dysfunction.