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Erectile dysfunction occurs when a man cannot achieve an erection at the time of sexual activity. It is also called impotence. Erectile dysfunction can be partial, in which an erection is soft or if the erection happens sometimes but not others. It can also be complete or "total", in which the individual has a flaccid penis at all times, even during an attempt at sexual relations. It is estimated that fifteen to thirty million individuals suffer from some form of erectile dysfunction or ED. More men are seeing their doctors every day for treatment of this condition. There are many choices for treatment.
Erectile dysfunction is usually a physical problem in older men and is due to disease of the blood vessels, disease of the nerves, injury or drug side effects. About 15-25 percent of all men sixty five years of age or older have some form of erectile dysfunction. Fortunately, erectile dysfunction is treatable and more men are using treatment than ever before.
The cause of erectile dysfunction is a lack of the ability of blood to fill the corpora cavernosa of the penis or a lack of ability of blood to remain in the corpora cavernosa after it has surged into them. If the nerves fail to send a signal to the blood vessels, erectile dysfunction occurs. If the corpora cavernosa are damaged, the blood cannot remain in them. About seventy percent of erectile dysfunction cases occur due to diseases like kidney disease, diabetes, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, vascular disease, atherosclerosis and neurological diseases. Diabetics chronically have erectile dysfunction-up to fifty percent of them have the disease. Those with lifestyle choices that lead to heart disease also lead to ED. These are being obese, smoking and lack of exercise.
Surgery to the prostate and bladder can contribute to erectile dysfunction and injury to the spinal cord or penis, bladder, prostate and pelvis can damage nerves, leading to problems with erectile dysfunction. Antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medications, tranquilizers, appetite medications, and cimetidine can contribute to the development of erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction is diagnosed often by history and physical examination. The history can determine whether or not there are risk factors for the disease. Remember that twenty five percent of cases are due to the use of illicit drugs or prescription drugs. A physical exam can determine whether or not the penis is sensitive to touch. A test can determine if the penis ever gets erect. This is called the "tape test" in which a tape is placed around the base of the penis at night. If the tape does not break by morning, you have erectile dysfunction. If the tape breaks, the erectile dysfunction is likely psychological. Men often have erections in their sleep but if they have erectile dysfunction, they will not have an erection in their sleep. Lab tests for erectile dysfunction include blood counts, urinalysis, lipid profile, liver enzymes and creatinine level. The amount of free testosterone in the system can determine the cause of the ED.
Erectile dysfunction is treated in many ways. Men are asked to make lifestyle changes in order to regain their sexual functioning. Cutting back on medications that can contribute to ED can make a difference in the condition. Psychotherapy with behavioral modification can help those with psychological causes of erectile dysfunction.
Drug therapy has been in place since the late 1990s. The first drug used was Viagra and now other medications exist, including Cialis and Levitra. They are called phosphodiesterase inhibitors that affect nitric acid levels in the penis so that the penis can have an increase in blood flow. There can be injections that can trigger an erection immediately. Men can use oral testosterone to improve their sexual desire and improve the erectile dysfunction.
There are vacuum devices that inflate the penis using vacuum devices. They work for a period of time so the man can have sex before the penis deflates again. The vacuum draws blood into the penis, where it stays for a while. Surgery can be done to implant a device that causes the penis to become permanently erect. Surgery can repair the damage to the arteries and restore circulation. The surgery can also block off veins that let blood leak out of the penile tissues.
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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here