Erectile Dysfunction – Assess Your Risks

on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Men specific disorders, Men's Health Written By: Anusuya Suresh

Worried about your performance in bed? Know more about factors that put you at risk for ED

Erectile Dysfunction – Assess Your Risks

Occasional instances of a below-par performance in bed can happen to anyone. However, if it begins to happen more and more often, you need to consider the possibility of it being erectile dysfunction (ED).

ED is defined as a man’s inability to either achieve an erection, or sustain it for a suitable period of time, as required for sexual intercourse.

Of course, it is well-known that certain factors such as too much alcohol, stress carried over from the workplace and physical exhaustion all affect the ability to have sex. However, if you find yourself unable to have an erection in the absence of such predisposing factors, and it happens frequently, it is time you got an expert opinion. Here is information regarding a few of the risk factors for ED.

Being Overweight or Obese

ED Trivia

A study in the British Journal of Urology International found recently that men who are on a greater proportion of medications are more likely to have ED

According to research findings that appeared in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, persons who are obese are more likely to have ED, especially if they also have high blood pressure. Generally speaking, overweight men are more likely to suffer from ED than people who maintain a healthy weight.

An Inactive Lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle with little or no physical activity and exercise means that your cardiovascular system is in poor shape. This has been found to have an effect on the ability to have an erection, too. What this implies is that it is not enough to just be a healthy weight; you also need to spend some time every day on cardio exercises to improve your chances against ED.

Lifestyle Disorders

Conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis lead to changes in the structure of the blood vessels. Considering that it is these same blood vessels that carry blood to the penis too, a change in their blood carrying capacity is bound to adversely affect the quantity of blood reaching this organ. Lesser the blood flow to the penis, greater is the likelihood of having ED.

Addiction to Alcohol and Smoking

Alcohol and drug consumption and nicotine from cigarettes also cause damage to the arteries. Such damage in turn affects the amount of blood reaching the penis, causing ED.

Being on Medication

In general, it is known that antihistamines taken for cold and congestion, painkillers, antidepressant medications and drugs against hypertension and prostate cancer all can trigger episodes of ED. Although the presence of some disease such as diabetes or heart disease may necessitate the use of medication, it is important to remember that even drugs you buy over-the-counter could be causing this effect.

Psychological Factors

Persons who worry about performing in bed may be setting off a vicious cycle in which this anxiety leads to the lack of an erection, and this incident in turn fuels greater anxiety. Besides, it is also known that men suffering from depression and stress have lower libido and this lack of sexual desire may trigger off episodes of ED.

Having ED can be overwhelming, but it is by no means an untreatable condition. Therefore, the best option is to visit an expert who can help you identify whether you have this condition. Armed with his advice, you can then begin the process of doing what is necessary to overcome erectile dysfunction, and get on with your life.

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