Inability to attain and maintain sufficient erection for acceptable sexual intercourse. The prevalence of moderate to severe erectile dysfunction in men is about 5-20%. 20-30 million can be affected by erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction could be the result of a hormonal, neurological, physiological and cavernosal impairment or combination of all these factors. Sedentary lifestyle, psychological problems, low self-esteem, poor quality of life, the interpersonal relationship can increase the chances of erectile dysfunction.
The problem of erectile dysfunction is usually considered to be age-related, according to which the chances of erectile dysfunction in men having age between 40-70 are 3-4 more prevalent to the disease. The risk factors of cardiovascular disease and erectile dysfunction are quite common. Erectile dysfunction is diagnosed on the basis of sexual and medical history.
What are the Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?
Sometimes men may not achieve an erection successfully, and if this rarely happens, it is not regarded as a medical problem. Erectile dysfunction is confirmed when men do not achieve a proper erection or cannot maintain an erection for a sufficient period of time required for complete sexual intercourse.
Struggling to maintain an erection for a sufficient period to complete the intercourse or inability to ejaculate can be the signs of erectile dysfunction. Emotional symptoms are also linked with erectile dysfunction like shame, anxiety, embarrassment and lack of interest in sexual intercourse.
The regular occurring of symptoms is the confirmation of ED and can affect your personal life. If you feel regular occurrence of symptoms the do contact with your doctor. Your doctor suggests you and appropriate treatment according to your symptoms.
ED Symptoms and Your Partner
One of the main symptoms of the erectile dysfunction is the inability of the penis to erect or an erection which is not strong enough to have acceptable or satisfactory sex. The symptoms of the ED often first observed or feel by your partner when the strength and the frequency of the erection changes and this change affect the pleasure of the partner.
The six most common erectile dysfunction symptoms are:
- Difficulty getting an erection
- Softer erections
- Erections that don’t last long enough for “satisfactory” sex
- Reduced penile sensitivity
- Less girthy erections
- Change in the angle of your erection
Major Signs that you are having erectile dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction is a common problem among men, and the signs and symptoms may differ from person to person. One man may be able to sustain an erection for short periods of time, while another man might exhibit a complete inability to achieve an erection.
It is a common problem nowadays and signs and symptoms differ from person to person. One must understand and recognize the signs and symptoms to get the proper treatment before the condition become worse.
Problem while achieving an Erection
The major symptom of the ED is difficulty in achieving an adequate erection to have sex. This problem can be short term or long term. If this problem persists for a longer period of time or shows an irregular pattern, then it began to interfere with your relationship. While the short term erection problem is considered to be normal as it may be related to stress, mood swings, etc.
Inability to Sustain an Erection
The erection that is not sufficient enough to feel the pleasure of satisfying sex is considered as the weak erection. This condition is frequently occurring in the men having age more than 40 years. Researches show that the problem weak erection can be due to the use of medicines, blood circulation problem, muscle weakness, and psychological issues.
Inability to Have an Erection
No erection at all is the most embarrassing problem which can also lead to shame, depression, distress and it also affects the emotions of a person. This situation badly affects your relationship, your partner and ultimately your personal life and lower your self-esteem as well. Combination of psychological and physical abnormalities may be the contributing factors for this kind of erectile dysfunction which create depression, anxiety, and fear in life. With the advancement of technology, many methods or treatments are now developed which encounter this problem and improves your sex life.
Reduced sensitivity of the penis
When nerves of the penis become weak due to the low testosterone level or due to excessive masturbation then penis becomes numb and men don’t feel sensation or stimulation. Other common reasons are based on emotions or the feeling of depression due to stress, anxiety, and frustrations in life. Another medical reason on these symptoms is a damage blood vessels in your penis can diminish sensitivity.
Change of erection angle
This is also due to the excessive masturbation and muscle weakness which changes the angle of erection and sometimes causes a painful erection. It is said that the angle of your erections is very important, this tells something about the quality of your erection. a urologist one said that your erection or hardness could be related to the angle of your erection. It is also said the angle will vary as you age.
There are some additional symptoms related to ED. In fact, ED may be linked to increased incidences of coronary artery disease (CAD).
Risk factors for peripheral arterial disease and strokes may rise in men with ED.
More symptoms that may be related to ED include:
- Premature ejaculation The condition happens when men don’t maintain the erection for a sufficient period of time and ejaculate too early during the intercourse.
- Delayed ejaculations It is related to the prolonged period of sexual stimulation and semen ejaculation.
- Inability to ejaculate In this condition men not being able to orgasm and ejaculate at all due to illness or use of drugs ( ACE inhibitors, Beta blockers).
- Reduced libido or sex drive Lack of interest in sex might due to low the level of testosterone.
- A dysfunction in the muscles of the pelvic floor
- Trauma to the pelvis, such as pelvic fractures
- Failure to become aroused after sufficient stimulation, which is a condition known as anorgasmia It can be due to the use of steroids and drugs like morphine and opioids.
- Low levels of the hormone testosterone With the increase in the age the level of testosterone decreases and it then decreases libido.
Disclaimer: This page was created by non-medical professionals. The authors have carried out careful research. The information on this page is intended to help you prepare for a doctor’s visit and to facilitate the conversation with the doctor. You can not replace the conversation with the doctor!