Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when a man is not able to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It normally occurs when men are stressed; however, it may also be a sign of health problems which may need attention and treatment. It may also be a result of emotional or relationship difficulties which may need to be addressed and dealt with by a professional.
Why is erectile dysfunction problematic?
Even though it’s not rare for men to have problems with erections from time to time, erectile dysfunction that occurs and becomes progressive or happens routinely with sex is not normal. Erectile dysfunction may occur when blood flow in the penis becomes limited, or the nerves are harmed, when the man has stress or his emotional state is not good and or he is experiencing early warning of serious illness such as hardened or blocked arteries, heart disease, high blood pressure and high blood sugar due to diabetes.
What symptoms can be expected from erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is also a significant risk that one may get a heart attack, stroke or circulatory problems in the legs. ED is caused by low self-esteem, depression, distress for the man or the couple and reduced sexual desire which may result in the man having difficulties in getting and keeping an erection.
How is erectile dysfunction treated?
There are numerous treatment plans to treat erectile dysfunction. The treatment plans include:
- Penile prostheses, also known as a penile implant. Dr Mashava may recommend that undergo this surgical treatment where he will insert a device called a penile implant inside the body, which will help aid make the penis stiff.
- Penis pumps. A penis pump, also known as a vacuum erection device, is a hollow tube with a hand-powered or battery-powered pump. A penis pump will be placed over your penis and then switch it on to suck the air inside the tube. This will then create a vacuum which will then pull blood into the penis. When you get an erection, a tension ring will be slipped around the base of the penis so that it holds in the blood and keep it firm. Dr Mashava may recommend the right pump for you and educate you on how to do it at home.