Most men have had some problems in getting up an erection at some point of time, but this is not a reason to worry. If a person is unable to get an erection repeatedly then this is a problem and is known as erectile dysfunction. This is curable and the treatment depends on the causing factor.
Almost everyone has had experiences where they wanted and were ready to have sex, but then, to their dismay, they could not get an erection.
If this happens at random intervals and not very often, there is no
reason to worry. However, if you or your partner is repeatedly having
problems getting an erection, you should consider seeing a doctor.
Many men are too embarrassed to visit a doctor with this problem. First
of all, it is important to rid yourself of this embarrassment because
problems with erections are actually almost always curable. Just
because you are unable to get it up does not make you any less of a man
or does not question your manhood. Be willing and able to discuss your
problem openly with your medical advisor. Don't worry about whether
embarrassing questions will be brought to the forefront. The first
thing you may need to undergo is a physical examination,
which just involves a blood test, blood pressure and perhaps a urine
test. It is only after health problems are ruled out, that you may need
to go in for psychological counseling. Once again, most cases of erectile dysfunction are easily treated, and so it is advisable to seek medical help at the outset.
High blood pressure, diabetes and high levels of cholesterol are associated with erection dysfunction.
Similarly, heart diseases, surgery, pelvic trauma and hormonal or
neurological conditions can lead to an inability to get or sustain an
There is a strong, established link between smoking and
impotence. Heavy smokers are likely to suffer from erection problems in
time. Excessive consumption of alcohol is also a cause.
Certain forms of medication such as heart medication,
anti-depressants, sedatives, and regular, long-term use of some
over-the-counter drugs can also lead to erection problems.
Although it is believed that the older a man gets, the harder
it is for him to sustain an erection, this is not true. Men may start
losing their ability to sustain orgasms at the age of around 60, but
this is not always the case. Many men go on to have active sex lives
well past the age of 60, if they take good care of their health and
have a healthy lifestyle. Erectile dysfunction is not a natural part of the ageing process.
Naturally if your inability to have an erection is related to your
health, the relevant issue needs to be tackled before you can expect
regular erections. But if the problem is psychological, you may need to
go in for counseling.
Many men often experience what is called 'performance
anxiety.' If a man experiences a problem with getting it up, the next
time he is with his partner he may be anxious with regard to whether he
can get it up this time. This worry causes an inability to get it up
yet again, leading to further stress and anxiety. A vicious circle is
formed, and this may even result in impotence. Other psychological
factors include work-related stress, previous bad sexual incidences and
Viagra has been found to severely improve penile performance,
and has negligible side effects. You should check with your doctor
before taking Viagra, especially if you are on some other medication.
Viagra should be take an hour before intercourse. The penis does not
get hard by itself, and sexual stimulation is still required - which is
why Viagra is a more natural therapy.