Erectile dysfunction is the inability of a man to get or maintain an erection firm for sexual intercourse. This dysfunction is common as men age but is not a natural part of aging. Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of existing vascular, nerve or endocrine problems that need medical attention and a risk factor for heart disease. It can cause stress, affect self-confidence, and cause relationship problems.
Erectile dysfunction is not transmitted. It is due to a combination of associated physical and psychological factors such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, sleep disorders, alcohol and other substance abuse, different types of medications, stress, depression, anxiety, mental health conditions and relationship problems.
The best way to prevent erectile dysfunction is through a healthy lifestyle and controlling existing diseases or health conditions, stop smoking, limit or avoid alcohol and substance abuse, reduce stress, treat anxiety or depression, and have regular check-ups and examinations for early diagnosis of diseases.
The recommended treatment for erectile dysfunction enhances the effects of nitric oxide. For many men it is an effective treatment, but may be less effective in certain cases. The four oral medications to treat erectile dysfunction are:
Taking any of these medications will not automatically cause an erection to occur, but it helps relax the muscles of the penis, increases blood circulation and allows an erection to be achieved in response to sexual stimulation.
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