Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and/or maintain an erection, and is estimated to affect half of all men aged between 40 and 70. Erectile Dysfunction is also known as impotence. Erectile Dysfunction is a common condition, and can be easily treated with prescription medications.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by both physical and psychological issues. The most common cause of erectile dysfunction is the narrowing of the blood vessels leading to the penis. This issue is commonly associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Other physical causes of erectile dysfunction are hormonal problems, surgery or injury.
The other common causes of erectile dysfunction are psychological issues, such as anxiety, depression or relationship problems.
Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction
In cases where the issue is a physical issue, prescription medications such as Viagra can be used to treat the condition. Prescription medications for erectile dysfunction are known as PDE5 inhibitors. These medications work, by smoothening the lining of the arteries that flow to the penis. This allows for an easy flow of blood to the penis and can help to achieve and maintain an erection.
In cases where the condition has been caused by a psychological issue, we must first treat the underlying cause rather than using a PDE5 Inhibitor to treat the erectile dysfunction. Please consult your GP if you are unsure as to what the cause of your erectile dysfunction may be.