Erectile dysfunction is a sexual problem in which a man is unable to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. This condition of erectile dysfunction can last for a short-term or long-term, and it may worsen with age.
You may have ED if you are:
- Unable to get an erection upon sexual stimulation.
- Able to get an erection sometimes.
- Able to get an erection but it is not hard enough for satisfactory sex.
- Able to get an erection but are unable to keep it long enough for having satisfying sexual activity.
Though erectile dysfunction is a concern for men, it can be treated. The main procedure in treating erectile dysfunction involves knowing the underlying medical cause of your sexual dysfunction.
How Common Is It?
Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common sexual function problems reported by men. It is a frustrating condition and in some cases, ED can be a symptom of a worse underlying health problem.
A man is more likely to develop ED if you have an underlying physical or mental health issue s, or has certain lifestyle habits like smoking or drug abuse, or takes certain medications that affect the function of the penis.
What Causes Sudden ED?
An erection occurs when sexual stimulation triggers the brain to increase blood flow to the penis. As blood flow increases, the blood vessels in the penis dilate and filled with blood, this causes the outflow veins to constrict thus blocking the blood from leaving the penis. As a result, the penis increases in size and becomes rigid.
Erectile dysfunction is a problem that can occur suddenly and unexpectedly as well. Here are some of the common causes for sudden erectile dysfunction:
- Vascular issues
- Metabolic disease
- Endocrine disorders
- Injury to the penis, prostate, or bladder
- Treatments for prostate cancer
- Blood pressure medications
- Sedatives, appetite suppressants, and antidepressants
- Chronic stress
- Anxiety or depression
- Low self-esteem
- Guilt or fear related to sex
- Smoking or drug use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
If you are experiencing sudden ED, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor as it can worsen feelings of depression, anxiety, and impact an intimate relationship.
Oral Medication Treatment
Oral medications are an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. Some of them are:
These medications are PDE5 inhibitors which enhance the effects of nitric oxide and help relax muscles in the penis. This helps to increase blood flow to the penis and allows you to get an erection in response to sexual stimulation. Make sure to take these medications only after consulting a doctor.