ED the persistent inability to attain and maintain erections of
sufficient rigidity for penetrative sexual intercourse. Not only men who are
unable to achieve a satisfactory erection, but men who cannot maintain one
long enough to either reach orgasm or satisfy their partner are suffering
from erectile dysfunction.
The majority of men who suffer from ED are over 40 years of age, but this
does not mean that ED does not affect many many younger men. If you are old enough to
wish to maintain an erection for long enough to have an orgasm, you are old
enough for ED to affect you.
Impotence includes this meaning but also has pejorative
Some of the other symptoms associated with ED are:
loss of libido
Of these, only anorgasmia is easily measured by the individuals involved.
Loss of libido is generally noticed on a more subconscious level, while
premature ejaculation is, in many cases, quite subjective. It comes down to
this. If you can achieve penetration before ejaculating, but cannot sustain it
as long as you and your partner desire, you are suffering from premature
Many millions of men have ED to some degree, ranging from complete
inability to have an erection to occasional problems. A once-off failure to
perform to your own and your partner's expectations does not mean you have a
serious erectile dysfunction.
ED has many different causes including blood flow problems, drug side
effects, nerve impulse abnormalities, hormonal abnormalities, surgery,
prostatitis, prostate cancer, penile trauma or scarring, and psychological
causes. So it is often very difficult for an individual to discover which
(or which combination) is the culprit in their own case.
Most ED does have a physical cause at root, but there is almost always a
psychological component to the problem. Because ED is such a worrying thing
for most men, a single erectile failure can become a mental block to the
next erection, and so men can go on having psychological erectile
dysfunction after the physical cause of their problem is rectified.
- What can be done about it?
One of the best things to do if you believe you have an erectile dysfunction
of more seriousness than a couple of less than satisfactory erections or an embarrassing
but once or twice off case of PE is to see your doctor. Finding
out what is wrong with people is what doctors are for, after all.
You may well feel embarrassed about it, but would you prefer to put up with
fifteen minutes of acute embarrassment or with a lifetime of unsatisfactory
When you do decide to see your doctor it is a good idea to write a letter
to take with you and give to your doctor. This letter should outline your
problem in some detail and include all the questions you want to ask. That way if you do
succumb to embarrassment, or forget just what you wanted to say, you
will still be able to pass the paper to the doctor and let him work his way
through it. Answering specific questions is much easier than making the first
"I can't get it up" statement.
If he can see you have taken the trouble to write your problem down in some
detail, your doctor is much more likely to take your problem seriously than if
you simply mutter something about "having some trouble 'downstairs'"
It's a good idea to read up on ED before you see your doctor. You should
find out about different causes, treatments, and what you think the cause of your
ED might be. Not only will doing this make it easy for you to understand what
your doctor suggests to you, but you will have a pretty good idea if your
doctor doesn't have much knowledge about ED. If he appears to know less than
you do, get another doctor :)
ED isn't a very 'sexy' problem and many GPs don't know as much as one would
hope about the subject, and even some urologists and endocrinologists are not
well educated about it.
Some of the therapies for dealing with ED are listed below, with a little
information on each one.
Constriction bands are ideally suited to men who can achieve
a satisfactory erection, but cannot maintain it for a long enough time.
A ring a whisker smaller than your erect penis fits over the penis, stopping
blood leaking back into the body until the man has finished with his erection.
CAUTION: This is, in effect, a tourniquet, and should not be left on
for longer than 30 minutes.
Vacuum pumps are often used by men who have trouble achieving an erection
to begin with. They are often used in conjunction with constriction
The penis is placed in a tube and a hand pump sucks the air out, forcing the
penis to expand and fill with blood. When a satisfactory erection is achieved,
the pump cylinder is replaced by a constriction bad. Remember, don't leave a
constriction band on for more than 30 minutes at a time.
Viagra is of use to many men who have a lack of erection but no lack of
libido. It works for between 60 and 70 percent of men in this position who try
It is best to take Viagra on an empty stomach.
Many men report side effects when taking Viagra. The most often reported are a
headache, flushed face and a stuffy nose.
Muse suppositories are for the same group as use Viagra, but their
usefulness seems to be much less, with only 3% of users reporting them to be
Muse suppositories are inserted about an inch deep into the penile urethra,
delivering Prostaglandin into the erectile tissues of the penis causing smooth
muscle relaxation and a resulting erection
It also, apparently, "hurts like hell"
Penile injections - Caverject, Bimix and Trimix are injected into the
erectile tissues of the penis with a very fine needle. The first time this is
done is at the doctor's surgery, but you are expected to learn to self inject
if you plan to use this drug regularly.
CAUTION: if, after a penile injection your erection does not go away
within three hours you should see a doctor at once. Priapism is extremely
dangerous and can result in gangrene and amputation in extreme cases!
Penile implants are surgically implanted erection makers, and come in two
basic types: malleable implants, which allow the user to bend the penis into
the desired position and angle, and inflatable implants which are pumped up by
means of a control located in the scrotum behind the testis. No one can see
you are using either of these implants on casual inspection.
Remember, no matter what your individual problem is, there are many many
people who have had it before you, andd you should, if you are able, make
contact with a support group (such as alt.support.impotence online) and share
experiences with more experieced sufferers. This is a good way to avoid falling
into the pit of despair, and you just may be able to throw some light onto
another person's problem