Is It Really ED? – Learn The Signs of True ED
Erectile dysfunction affects more than 65 million men in the United States alone. However, most people don’t really understand this condition. Many men believe that they have it, when they really do not. This leads them to seek medications that they believe will help them, but in reality they do nothing for them and they could even be dangerous.
So what are the real signs of erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is when a man is unable to achieve an erection due to a physical cause. Most of the cases of suspected ED are not actually due to physical causes; they are caused by psychological causes. Anxiety, stress, and a host of other psychological problems can make it difficult to achieve or maintain an erection.
This “performance anxiety” or whatever you would like to call it, is not true ED and thus it can not be remedied by any of the erectile dysfunction medications that are prescribed by doctors to treat ED.
You can tell if you have actual erectile dysfunction if you are unable to achieve or maintain an erection more than 25% of the time. A doctor may also recommend a test that would determine if you are having a normal number of nighttime erections. On average, male adults have about 3 to 5 nighttime erections. If you find that you are having much less frequent erections while you sleep, this is probably a sign of erectile dysfunction.
So what cause and erection in the first place?
An erection is a result of your hormones, brain, nerves and blood vessels working together. If one of these bodily systems isn’t doing its job, the man will not be able to have a satisfactory erection. The most common reason that men are unable to achieve an erection is because the muscles in the penis do not relax so that blood can flow through the penis and cause an erection.
When a man is aroused, the brain will send signals to activate certain enzymes that help to relax the muscles of the penis so that blood can circulate freely through it. However, there are also enzymes that break down these “relaxant” enzymes. Too many of these enzymes (called PDE-5) and the muscles in the penis are unable to relax and thus blood flow is restricted.
So what can be done about ED?
ED medications like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra work to inhibit PDE-5. This allows the normal process to take place uninhibited. Each of these drugs works in a different way, but the principle is usually the same.
Erectile dysfunction is often misunderstood, and those who suffer from it often feel very embarrassed about the condition. Once people realize that ED is a normal medical condition, just like any other, and what’s more, there is a cure for it, then there would probably be much less of a stigma on men who have ED and those who have undiagnosed ED would be more likely to see their doctor about it.
Stacey Cavalari is a writer and blogger for AccessRx.com, a safe U.S. medication facilitator which customers can order prescription medications online. You can buy Viagra online safely in the convenience of your own home.