Ten Facts on Erectile Dysfunction: Erectile Dysfunction Can Often Affect Libido and Ejaculation
By Amy Otis, RN
There are four areas of normal sexual function -- libido (desire), erection, ejaculation and orgasm. Problems in these areas can occur separately or in combination. Erectile dysfunction can often affect libido and ejaculation, especially when the erectile dysfunction persists.
Each problem, regardless of cause is potentially treatable. When due to erectile dysfunction, they may resolve spontaneously when the erection problem is successfully treated, if not they need to be addressed separately.
1. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem.
2. ED is defined as the repeated inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.
3. ED may be caused by physical factors, psychological factors or by medications.
4. ED may be caused by a problems in any of the components of the body that are required to produce an erection. These include:
* Nerve impulses originating in the brain
* Conduction of nerve impulses down the spinal cord
* Conduction of nerve impulses between the spinal cord and the penis
* Arteries and veins that supple the penis
* The fibrous, muscular and vascular structures of the penis
5. Some common diseases are associated with an increased risk of erectile dysfunction. As some diseases progress, the disease will impact the function of nerves, blood vessels, vascular, and muscular structures of the penis.
6. Diseases associated with an increased risk of ED include diabetes, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, vascular disease, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis.
7. In some cases, ED may be an early signal of heart or blood vessel disease.
8. Between 35 and 50 percent of men with diabetes experience ED.
9. Making an appointment with your physician or health care provider is the first step in the evaluation and treatment of ED.