Penile erection is one of the primary components of pleasurable sexual intercourse. However, many men suffer from erectile dysfunction – the inability to get or keep an erection. Many factors come to play such as stress, hormonal imbalance, diabetes and erectile dysfunction, aging, and emotional or relationship difficulties, to name a few.
To understand erectile dysfunction, we should first look at the physiology of erection. The penis is flaccid, soft, and hanging loosely when not erect. During sexual excitement and intimacy, a pool of blood flows through the penis causing the penile muscles to relax. The penile arteries will be filled with flood causing the penis to grow rigid. It is a sign that the man is ready for penetration. Erections end when the penile muscles contract and the blood flows out through the veins.
Why some men are having a hard time achieving an erection?
A lot of men are having a hard time achieving harder and longer erection and age is the one to blame. If you hit the 40s, you start to notice that your sexual performance gradually declines. It’s because of hormonal changes that come with age. However, it isn’t surprising to know that even those in their early 30s are having a hard time with their erection. Other factors that come to play are stress, sedentary lifestyle, relationship problems, and underlying medical condition, especially if you are taking medications to manage such conditions. Examples are diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, cardiovascular-related diseases, anxiety, depression, and taking too many tobacco products and alcoholic beverages.
Will it be the end of the road?
Just because you are having problems with erection does not necessarily mean you can no longer have pleasurable sex or you no longer have the ability to satisfy your partner in bed. It is not the end of the road for you as science has a lot of ways to bring you back to your glory days. These include the following:
- Prescription medications – A thorough examination will be done by your doctor to address the underlying issue and will prescribe the necessary medications. The purpose of the medication is to increase the flow of blood to the penis. However, you have to try several medications to find out which one works best.
- Testosterone therapy – If the one causing the erection problem is a sudden drop in your T-level, then a hormonal replacement therapy in the form of testosterone will be initiated. Testosterone is the male’s sex hormone.
Other treatment and management approaches include stress management, natural male enhancement products, which is extremely popular today, and a vacuum pump device.