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What is ED (Erectile Dysfunction)?
Your sexual life is one of the most important parts of your well being. It may strengthen your relationship with your partner. It can also bring joy and excitement to your life.
But if you have a problem getting or keeping an erection, your self esteem and your relationship suffers.
This problem is called erectile dysfunction, or ED for short
How does an erection occur?
When a man gets sexually aroused, a cascade of events leads to the hardening and enlargement of his penis, in other words an erection. Mental and/or physical stimulation can begin the process of sexual arousal that produces an erection.
Once aroused, signals from the man's brain cause the nerves in his penis to relax and allow more blood to flow into special chambers in the penis.
At the same time another mechanism causes the vessels that carry blood away from the penis to get compressed thus trapping the blood within the penis. More blood flows into the penis than can flow out, so the penis expands and become hard.
After ejaculation a tightening of the nerves allows blood to leave the chambers returning the penis to its flaccid state.
Problems with the nerves or the blood vessels in the penis can affect a man's ability to get and maintain a hard erection. Treatments are available to tackle this problem, commonly known as erectile dysfunction, or ED.
ED is a medical condition defined as a man’s inability to get an erection. But it also refers to a man’s ability to keep a hard erection for long enough to allow satisfactory sexual activity.
More than half of all men aged 40 years and above have difficulties getting or maintaining an erection. ED may also occur in younger men.
While all men will experience occasional ED at some point of time in their lives, some find the problem disallows them from enjoying a healthy sex life.
In fact, studies show that ED affects millions of men throughout Malaysia and other cities in Asia.
Recently medical doctors have become far more aware of the causes of ED.
In the past, the condition was associated with psychological problems. Sufferers of ED might have heard “It’s all in your head”. Does this sound familiar?
In fact the notion that ED is only due to male confidence is a myth. To read more about debunked myths, click here.
Sometimes there are other underlying health problems associated with ED. Want to find out more? To learn more click here.
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