What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction, or E.D., is a condition affecting a man’s ability to achieve and sustain an erection during sexual intercourse. E.D. is common, affecting as many as 1/2 of all men aged 40 and older. Though the condition itself is not considered dangerous, E.D. is associated with systematic vascular disease, heart conditions, renal failure, prostate cancer, depression, and other more serious conditions. Thus, experts generally recommend that men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction consult with a medical professional for treatment.
Who suffers from Erectile Dysfunction?
Though the rate of men experiencing Erectile Dysfunction increases with age, Erectile Dysfunction can affect men of every age. Like your favorite muscle car, male arousal depends on many systems operating together: the brain, nervous system, cardiovascular system, hormones, and even emotions all play a role in stimulating and exciting men in sexual situations. This means there are many contributing factors and causes of Erectile Dysfunction, which means the condition can and often does affect every man at one time or another.
What are the signs and symptoms that accompany Erectile Dysfunction?
The primary signs and symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction are:
- Trouble getting an erection.
- Trouble maintaining an erection.
- Lack of or reduced sexual desire.
Because these symptoms can be caused by a range of circumstances, from the basic (too much wine at a party) to the complex (heart disease or systematic vascular disease), it is generally recommended that any man experiencing recurrent Erectile Dysfunction seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.
How is Erectile Dysfunction Treated?
Due to the range of conditions and circumstances that cause Erectile Dysfunction, there are also a range of treatment options. Some treatments are simple and direct, including medications or stress relief; others require more serious conditions to be managed as part of a more comprehensive health plan administered by a general practitioner. At the Carolina Men’s Clinic, we work to identify the most comfortable, immediate sources of relief for Erectile Dysfunction while also coordinating care when a more comprehensive health plan is needed or in action.