Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is when it is hard to get or keep an erection that’s firm enough for sex. ED affects as many as 30 million men.
Most men have problems with erections from time to time. But when this happens more than half of the time, then ED is present. ED can happen when health problems limit blood flow or damage nerves in the penis. ED can also be caused by stress or emotional reasons. ED can be an early warning of a more serious illness. Heart disease, high blood pressure and high blood sugar can all cause ED. Finding and treating the cause(s) of your ED can help your overall health and well-being.
How Erections Work
When you are not sexually aroused, your penis is soft and limp. During sexual arousal, nerve messages release chemicals that increase blood flow into the penis. The blood flows into 2 erection chambers made of spongy tissue (the corpus cavernosum) in the penis. The “smooth muscle” in the erection chambers relaxes, which lets blood enter and stay in the chambers. The pressure of the blood in the chambers makes the penis firm, giving you an erection. After you have an orgasm, the blood flows out of the chambers and the erection goes away.
What are the Symptoms of ED?
When you have ED, it is hard to get or keep an erection that is firm enough for sex. Most men have trouble with erections from time to time, but in some men it is a regular and more bothersome problem. ED can cause:
- Low self-esteem
- Performance anxiety
ED may affect the quality of a marriage or intimate relationships.
What Causes ED?
ED can result from health or emotional problems or from both. Lower blood flow or harm to nerves in the penis can lead to erection problems.
Physical Causes of ED
Some things that can increase the chances of getting ED (known as risk factors) are:
- Age over 50
- High blood sugar (diabetes)
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Cardiovascular disease
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Lack of exercise
Even though ED becomes more common as men age, growing old is not the cause of the problem. ED can be an early sign of a more serious health problem. Finding and treating the cause(s) of your ED can improve your overall health and well-being.
ED may happen because:
- Not enough blood flows into the penis
Many health issues can reduce blood flow into the penis, such as heart disease, high blood sugar (diabetes), and smoking.
- The penis cannot store blood during an erection
A man with this problem cannot keep an erection because blood does not stay trapped in the penis. This condition can occur in men of any age.
- Nerve signals from the brain or spinal cord do not reach the penis
Certain diseases, injury or surgery in the pelvic area can harm nerves in the penis.
Emotional Causes of ED
Sex activity needs the mind and body to work together. Emotional or relationship problems can cause or worsen ED.
Some emotional issues that can cause ED are:
- Relationship conflicts
- Stress at home or work
- Worry about sexual performance
Common Treatments for ED: Medications
Standard treatments for ED include lifestyle changes, such as:
- losing weight
- stopping smoking
- curbing alcohol intake
Medications like Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra increase blood flow to the penis. But they can also cause side effects, including:
- nasal congestion
- upset stomach
- vision changes
- facial flushing
Men who have experienced a stroke or have uncontrolled diabetes or low blood pressure should not take ED medications.
Testosterone replacement and erection-inducing injections are also available. Side effects may include:
- breast enlargement
- increased urination
- aching in the penis
- gum or mouth irritation
HERE AT EAR KANDY RADIO, WE LIKE TO GIVE AS MANY NATURAL REMEDIES AS POSSIBLE…
Natural Solution #1 and #2: Panax Ginseng and Rhodiola Rosea
Called the “herbal Viagra,” Panax ginseng (“red ginseng”) has solid research behind it. Researchers reviewed seven studies of red ginseng and ED in 2008. Dosages ranged from 600 to 1,000 mg three times daily. They concluded there was “suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of red ginseng in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.”
One small study also indicated Rhodiola rosea may be helpful. Twenty-six out of 35 men were given 150 to 200 mg a day for three months. They experienced substantially improved sexual function.
Natural Solution #3: DHEA
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It can be converted to both estrogen and testosterone in the body. Scientists make the dietary supplement from wild yam and soy.
The influential Massachusetts male aging study showed that men with ED were more likely to have low levels of DHEA. Forty men with ED participated in another study published in 1999, in which half received 50 mg DHEA and half received a placebo once a day for six months. Those receiving the DHEA were more likely to achieve and maintain an erection.
Natural Solution #4: L-Arginine
L-arginine is an amino acid naturally present in the body. It helps make nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels to facilitate a successful erection. Researchers studied the effects of L-arginine on ED in 1999. Thirty-one percent of men with ED taking 5 grams of L-arginine a day experienced significant improvements in sexual function.
A second study showed that L-arginine combined with pycnogenol, a plant product from tree bark, restored sexual ability to 80 percent of participants after two months. Ninety-two percent had restored sexual ability after three months.
Natural Solution #5: Acupuncture
Though studies are mixed, many show positive results when acupuncture is used to treat ED. A 1999 study, for example, found that acupuncture improved the quality of erections and restored sexual activity in 39 percent of participants.
A later study published in 2003 reported that 21 percent of ED patients who received acupuncture had improved erections. Other studies have shown conflicting results, but this treatment has potential and may work for you.
ALWAYS BE SURE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TRYING ANY OF THESE METHODS.
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