What is Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction in NigeriaErectile Dysfunction is also known as Impotence. This is when a man is unable to get and keep an erection enough to have sexual intercourse. Inability to have an erection from time to time is not always a cause for concern. Erectile dysfunction is a known early warning signs for other serious health problems. However if it a recurring issue then you will need to consult your doctor.

What Erectile Dysfunction Isn’t

  • A “natural part of aging.”
  • A sign that a man isn’t interested in sex or isn’t attracted to his partner.
  • Something that only happens to older men.
  • Just a man’s problem.
  • A problem without solutions

Myths and Facts of Erectile Dysfunction

Sexual arousal in men is complex and involves physical and psychological factors. Physical factors can range from obesity, diabetes, drug and alcohol, high blood pressure, sleep disorder and prescription medication just to mention a few and psychological factors can range between stress, depression, anxiety and relationship problems.

Best ways to prevent erectile dysfunction is to make healthy lifestyle choices, such as exercising regularly, go for regular checkups,  get help for your mental health concerns, quit smoking and alcohol and illegal drug use.

Views of Medical Experts and Alternative Opinions in Nigeria

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common and frequently misunderstood. It is a subject that couples rarely talk about as it can be embarrassing or awkward for them to discuss but it is important for intimate couples to talk and learn about it so that they can understand and manage this common condition.

Sex toys options

Sex toys generally are manufactured with sexual pleasure in mind and are not a form of clinical treatment for an erectile dysfunction diagnosis but they can provide opportunities for sexual pleasure and change the way erection feels for some men.

Penis Rings  – They are also called cock ring  and are non medical versions of erection or tension rings and it is worn around the penis, usually at the base. Its purpose is to restrict the flow of blood from the erect penis in order to produce a stronger erection or to maintain an erection for a longer period of time.

Medical Treatment Options

There are a number of options to treat this condition, depending on the underlying root cause. Sometimes discovering and treating the root cause may resolve the erectile dysfunction problem.

Oral medication
This is the most common form of treatment, you must get a NAFDAC approved oral medication prescribed by a certified medical doctor. Please you must avoid alternative medicines or native herbs.
These prescription drugs are no quick fixes and they don’t work like Viagra. What they do is increase blood flow to the penis—a man still needs to be sexually aroused to achieve an erection. They don’t affect libido or give a man without erectile dysfunction a “better” erection, so they aren’t meant to be used as recreational drugs to improve the sexual experience.
Mechanical devices
For some men, a vacuum constriction device may be the best alternative. As the name suggests, the device is used to create a vacuum to stimulate an erection. The penis is placed in to pump (a tube, or cylinder). Air is manually pumped up, stimulating blood flow to the penis, which helps bring on an erection. To maintain the erection, the man will place a ring around the base of the penis. While success rates with this device vary, research showed that more than 90% of men can experience functional erection with a vacuum constriction device with adequate practice. But as with oral medications, this therapy is not right for all men.
Hormone replacement
Low testosterone is not a common cause of ED, but in these rare cases, testosterone therapy may be recommended. A man with testosterone deficiency will have symptoms other than ED, such as depression, a decreased interested in sex, and difficulty concentrating. Testosterone therapy can be given in different forms—including injections and patches—each of which has advantages and disadvantages. If hormone replacement is recommended by a healthcare provider, he or she will discuss which might be best.

Erectile Dysfunction and Sexual Satisfaction

In order to have an orgasm or sexual satisfaction, having an erection is not essential. If you are living with this condition it is important to remember that there are other ways to pleasure your partner and experience sexual pleasure. Make the best of the situation and explore different sexual practices, new styles and positions. Keep the focus on pleasure, not an erection.