Erectile Dysfunction (ED) / Impotence

Here are some general introduction to erectile dysfunction and what you need to know about managing this health condition.

Erectile Dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence, is a health condition when a man is unable to keep the penis stiff enough for a long enough time to allow for normal sexual intercourse to take place.

Many men may believe that erection becomes more difficult to achieve as they age. However, this is not a normal part of aging for most healthy men.

A man may experience impotence from time to time. Many physical and psychological factors need to be in place for erection.

When a man suffers from impotence chronically (almost all of the time), it is a condition that needs to be addressed.

It is important to see your family doctor first. Why is that?

Because many cases of men suffering from ED is due to an undiagnosed chronic health condition. Heart disease and diabetes are two common examples.

Fortunately, there are both prescription medication and natural remedies that are available for treating ED.

Erection Chemistry is Highly Complex Involving Brain and Blood Flow

The chemistry and the process of allowing the penis to become firm is complicated and involves the combination of brain stimulation, blood flow into penile tissue, nitric oxide levels, nerve functions and male hormone levels.

Any imbalance will prevent a male from achieving an satisfactory erection.

The fact is, an estimated 10 to 20 million American men suffer from complete ED. Most of these men are over the age of 65 years.

Plus an additional 10 million Americans experience some level of ED.

Fixing impotence may be as simple as finding and controlling causes such as stress and anxiety.

Or it may be as difficult as figuring out how to reverse the damage caused by years chronic high blood sugar levels (diabetes) or heart disease.

Here is just a starter list of potential health problems and lifestyle choices that are known to cause erectile dysfunction:

  • Diabetes

  • Kidney disease

  • Nervous disorder

  • Disease of the blood vessels

  • Prostate enlargement or cancer

  • Hormone imbalance

  • Excessive alcohol use

  • Tobacco use

  • Prescription drugs

The article on natural remedies that are used to manage ED should be of great interest in those suffering from ED who are looking for natural solutions to the problem.