What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)? Erectile dysfunction is also commonly known as impotence, which means a man is persistently unable to achieve or maintain an erection for sexual performance. Erectile dysfunction is the most common men’s health issue that affects many men worldwide. It is also one of the issues that men feel shy to seek treatment. Erectile dysfunction not only affect men’s sexual activity, but it will also affect psychologically and lead to a poor relationship with his partner.
Signs that suggest you might experience erectile dysfunction include:
There are many causes that can cause erectile dysfunction. We can classify the causes according to the system: blood circulation system, nervous system, endocrine system (hormone) and psychological. The most common cause of erectile dysfunction is caused by insufficient blood flow to the penis.
Common causes or risk factors of erectile dysfunction:
Usually, your doctor will get a full and detailed history from the patient which includes medical history, social history and sexual history. Then, the whole systemic examination will be performed to look for any underlying disease/illnesses. Next, some laboratory tests will be offered to find out/confirm the cause of erectile dysfunction.
A laboratory test that usually will be ordered to investigate erectile dysfunction:
Treatment will be started once the cause of erectile dysfunction is identified. There are two different types of treatment options that are available: medical therapies or surgical therapies. Usually, medical therapies alone are enough to solve or treat erectile dysfunction.
The most important treatment for erectile dysfunction is lifestyle modification. Everyone who is experiencing erectile dysfunction should do exercise regularly, lose weight, quit smoking, make sure compliance to medicine for underlying disease to control the disease well.
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