Updated: Mar 23
It’s January, a New Year! A chance for new beginnings, for letting go of old habits and adopting new ones. Resolving to make a change. For some it may be weight loss, going to the gym, stop smoking, just getting healthier. For some men it might be the decision to do something about their sexual performance.
The first step is to learn what are the signs and symptoms of erectile dysfunction or ED. The most obvious symptom is you are finding it more difficult to get or maintain an erection. But there are earlier, more subtle symptoms that suggest the onset of ED. The loss of erections during sleep and in the morning maybe the first indication of pending problems. This may only be obvious in retrospect if you are not having problems with your sexual performance. ED runs the gamut from these early changes to the complete inability to get erect even with the help of ED medications. And ED can occur at any age.
ED is essentially a matter of bloodflow. Anything that interferes with the blood supply to the penis will lead to ED. Some contributing factors are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity. These all cause inflammation in the walls of the blood vessels which makes them less responsive to the chemicals that cause the penis to become erect.