Erectile Dysfunction: Understanding a 21st Century Problem
Erectile dysfunction is a major health problem. In the last decade, the numbers have increased dramatically. There are even up to 15% of new cases on young people (under 40) who seem to be experiencing this disease.
This disorder causes the inability to achieve or maintain an erection, based on unsatisfactory sexual intercourse. Experts says that it has scarce relation with age; it has a strong link with cardiovascular problems.
While this is a benign health issue, the impact on the individual who suffers from it is quite high, especially in the psychological sphere. Without a doubt, erectile dysfunction is an illness capable of altering our quality of life, and the interpersonal relationships we maintain.
Types of Dysfunction
The first step, in order to properly talk about erectile dysfunction, is to know the different types that exist trying to associate them with the most frequent causes. So far, we can divide them into three main groups:
While not the most common, this type of erectile dysfunction is quite complex. The most important trigger is stress, where unhealthy levels can block the connection between the stimulus and our sexual organ, preventing erection from appearing.
Although it is easy to diagnose, since many times patients continue to have morning erections and only get blocked when having sex, the treatment does involve several steps.
These are the most common. Several different factors are involved here, but the most important condition is vascular (related to blood flow and the release of mediators needed for erection).
Other systems that can be affected (and cause erectile dysfunction) are the neurological and endocrine systems. Hormonal disorders also make erection difficult. Finally, local problems (trauma) are also listed.
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