The truth is that, for men, erectile dysfunction is not only a physical problem but also an overwhelmingly psychological problem, causing depression, anxiety, and, often, a refuge in alcohol, tobacco, or even drugs.
Under these circumstances, the first step is to consult a specialist, either a sexologist or psychologist, if the episodes are isolated, or a urologist or an internist, if the situation persists.
By erectile dysfunction, it should be understood the persistent or repeated incapacity of a man to obtain or maintain an adequate erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse. This dysfunction may be present at the first attempt of sexual intercourse or can occur after a normal functioning period.
Erectile dysfunction: Causes
- psychological causes
- medical causes
- hormonal causes
The psychological causes of erectile dysfunction relate to the inability to have confidence and to the feelings of inadequacy.
Erectile dysfunction also reflects in the difficulties in the relationship between partners. There are also situations in which dysfunction can occur in a more stressful period, blame, anxiety, couple tensions, problems at work, and so forth.
Sexologists say there is no man who has not had a life-long experience with such problems. That’s why this manifestation does not have to worry if the syndrome occurs from time to time, and only under strong emotional conditions, or under the guise of not doing an ‘honorable’ sexual act.
From the medical point of view, an erectile dysfunction, whether or not accompanied by other sexual problems, may occur in patients with hormonal imbalances or those who are treated for various diseases such as cardiovascular disease. In these cases, the dysfunction is caused by the action of various groups of medicines, such as:
- beta blockers
- conversion enzyme inhibitors
- anti-depressive – diazepam or valium or other anti-anxiety drugs
Erectile dysfunction can also occur after some surgery, irradiation, alcohol, or drug use.