What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to obtain and maintain a firm enough erection for sexual intercourse. Having occasional erection problems isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm. If someone has an erectile dysfunction on a regular basis, it can cause stress, affect self-confidence, and contribute to relationship problems. Problems obtaining or maintaining an erection can also be an indicator of an underlying health condition that needs to be treated, as well as a risk factor for heart disease.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

If you have ED, you might encounter and experience the following:

  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Trouble keeping an erection for a long enough period of time
  • Reduce sex drive
  • Feels embarrassed and guilty
  • Low self-esteem
  • Premature ejaculation (ejaculating too soon)
  • Inability to have an orgasm after sufficient stimulation
  • Delayed ejaculation (ejaculation takes too long)

The brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels all play a role in male sexual arousal. A problem with any of these can cause erectile dysfunction. Stress and mental health issues can also cause or worsen erectile dysfunction.

As you get older, erections might take longer to develop. You might need to achieve and maintain an erection and may require more direct contact with your penis. Various risk factors can contribute to erectile dysfunction, including: medical conditions, tobacco use, being overweight, certain medical treatments, injuries, medications, psychological conditions, drug and alcohol use, and many more.

How to prevent Erectile Dysfunction?

Making healthy lifestyle choices and managing any existing health conditions are the best ways to prevent erectile dysfunction. So how can anyone prevent this kind of disease?

  • Follow a healthy eating plan – Maintain a healthy eating plan to help you achieve a healthy weight and manage your blood pressure and diabetes. Controlling your blood pressure and diabetes may aid in the prevention of ED.
  • Maintain a healthy weight – Obesity can cause a variety of health issues, including type 2 diabetes, which can cause nerve damage throughout the body. Diabetes can cause ED if it affects the nerves that supply the penis.
  • Quit Smoking – Tobacco use has been linked to heart and blood vessel disease, which can lead to ED.
  • Be physically active – Physical activity improves blood flow throughout the body, including the penis.
  • Avoid using illegal drugs – Using illegal drugs may prevent you from obtaining or maintaining an erection. Illegal drug use may also mask other psychological, emotional, or physical factors that may be causing your ED.

If you’re concerned about your possible erectile dysfunction you can book an appointment to The Raya Clinic. 

Here in Raya, We specialize in prevention   and early detection of diseases, whether acute or chronic, as well as aesthetic and regenerative treatments to help you become and stay fully healthy and well. The Raya Clinic is located at 2505 25th Floor, Centuria Medical Makati, Century City, Gen. Luna St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City, Philippines. You can also e-mail us at: info@rayapreventive.com, and contact us at 0917 626 9303, 0919 077 4611, 0919 077 4359 for inquiries.