It is always disturbing when we hear stories of erectile dysfunction leading to couples getting divorced because the man can’t sustain his erection and satisfy his wife on the bed. In cases where it doesn’t lead to a divorce, it often leads to disharmony in the marriage and the wife could start cheating on her husband.
In this article, we are going to discuss all you need to know about ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION – its causes, treatments, prevention and other things about the ailment.
Definition of Erectile Dysfunction
In simple terms, this means the inability of a man to sustain an erection for the purpose of penetrative sex with a woman.
Why Erectile Dysfunction is a Big Deal
It is a big deal because a strong and sustainable erection is believed to be a major indicator of fertility, intimacy, and virility.
Control of Erection in the Body
A complex system involving the brain, blood vessels, hormones, and nerves controls erection in the body.
Erectile Dysfunction Causes
These could be partner/relationship, behavioural, psychological, medical, and surgical.
- Partner/relationship causes are often as a result of health problems or violence.
- Behavioural causes are often as a result of habits like smoking, taking excess alcohol, drug, and substance abuse.
- Psychological causes are often as a result of stress and anxiety; the man may be going through a phase of extreme stress due to problems at work or relationship or financial problems. Psychological causes could also be as a result anxiety of a man wanting to try hard to please his woman, especially if she is a new partner.
- Medical conditions that may lead to erectile dysfunction include diabetes. This may be due to nerve and vessel damage, hypertension, liver cirrhosis and stroke.
- Some drugs used in treating other medical conditions can also cause erectile dysfunction; examples include the following:
- Methyldopa (Aldomet): an anti-hypertensive drug.
- Furosemide (Lasix): a drug for treating hypertension and heart problems.
- Cimetidine: a drug for treating an ulcer.
Erectile Dysfunction Prevention
- If you’re diabetic or hypertensive, make sure you’re up to date with your drugs and appointments.
- Manage stress and anxiety.
- Exercise and take adequate rest.
- Stop smoking and avoid alcohol.
- Communication is the key; always discuss any issues you may be having with your spouse – being on the same page will give her the confidence to support you.
When to See a Doctor
You can see a doctor anytime from when you notice the symptoms. The doctor will ask some pertinent questions and do a physical examination, which may include checking your genitalia. He will also carry out tests for blood pressure and blood sugar.
After the examinations and results, the doctor will recommend a course of management, which may be counseling, medications or surgery (on rare occasion).
Having Erectile Dysfunction isn’t the end of the world. Don’t let it be the end of your marriage. Take action now!