Nothing emasculates men more than discovering they can no longer achieve an erection. A fully functioning penis is the very definition of manhood in 21st Century American society.
Like it or not, these are the facts and impotence can have far reaching psychological as well as physiological consequences. Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED, is the inability to achieve and sustain an erection required for normal sexual relations and is more common than most men believe. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), upwards of 30% of men 40 and older experience erectile dysfunction for the long term with the highest percentage occurring in men older than 65.
Erectile dysfunction has wide and varied causes the most common include hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis; nerve disease; depression; and injury to the penis or surrounding area. Studies have also linked certain prescription medications and smoking to incidences of ED.While this is a common occurrence, men do not have to surrender to erectile dysfunction.
Physically speaking, erectile dysfunction is an interruption of any of the processes designed to achieve erection and usually is a matter of obstructed blood flow.
Sometimes prescription medication can help alleviate the effects of ED; although in some cases a referral to a certified urologist may be necessary. Whether you opt for medication or see a urologic specialist, you can take matters into your own hands and do something about it today!