Erectile dysfunction or impotence is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. The word “impotence" may also be used to describe other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse and reproduction, such as lack of sexual desire and problems with ejaculation or orgasm.
Problems of achieving a satisfactory erection are fairly common. If the problem does not originate from lack of lust and is great enough to make normal intercourse impossible, the condition is called erectile dysfunction (impotence). ED is divided into organic (having to do with a bodily organ or organ system) and psychogenic (mental) impotence, but most men with organic causes have a mental or psychological component as well.
Erection problems can occur because of disorders in the nervous system sending impulses to the genital area, problems with the blood supply to the penis and anatomical problems in the penis or genital area. Specific causes can be:
- Accidents or diseases hurting nerves from the spinal cord to the genital region.
- Injury to the erectile bodies caused by inflammation, .
- Congenital malformations in the penis or genital region
- Circumcision causing the penile skin to be too tight, or causing extensive inelastic scars.
- Side effects of medicines, such as medications taken for high blood pressure or depression.
- Zinc deficiency.
- Heart disease.
- Diabetes causing injury to the nerves and blood vessels to the penis.
- Liver or kidney disease.
- Alcohol or drug abuse impairing psychological and neural functions.
Psychological causes can interfere with the erection process by distracting a man from stimuli that normally would give him sexual arousal. Psychological issues account for about 40% of erection problems. Erection problems in men under age 50 are most likely to be caused by psychological factors. Psychological causes of erection problems include:
Stress or anxiety, depression, and relationship or sexual identity issues. Sometimes an occasional erection problem caused by a minor everyday problem such as a few too many drinks, or a particularly hard day at work, can begin a cycle of worrying. This can turn into a psychological cause of further erectile difficulties.
There are many ways to treat the problem but herbal treatment being the most effective. Many herbs for men's sexual health are available in the market today. Among them, very promising herbs are Yohimbe, Pistacia Lentiscus, Damiana, Horny Goat Weed, Ginkgo Biloba, Avena sativa, Myrtus Caryophyllus, Siberian Ginseng, Saw Palmetto and Tribulus Terristris. Taken regularly, these herbs have been proven by many scientific medical studies to help men overcome impotence without side effects. Moreover, the scientifically processed herbs help boost sex drive, increase stamina and control, and even improve sensation.
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