Erectile Discomfort In Men

An erection is associated with sexual arousal. It happens when the penis becomes enlarged and firm usually due to sexual activity. The process of achieving a full erection starts with sensory or mental stimulation, or even both. This allows the muscles to relax and lets the blood flow in. The inflow of blood results in additional pressure on a man’s sexual organ causing it to stand erect. When erect, the penis can hold about 10 times more blood than normal. It also becomes more difficult for the blood to get out of the organ because the veins constrict resulting in a sustained erection.  

 

Erectile Discomfort or Dysfunction

Erectile discomfort may be characterized in three ways:
Total inability to achieve erection – It is almost impossible for a person to achieve an erection despite the normal physical and psychological stimulation.
Inconsistent erection – The man can achieve an erection occasionally but there is a lack of consistency despite the similarity of the stimulation used.
Tendency to sustain only brief erections– The man can achieve an erection but it doesn’t last for as long as it should.

Causes of Erectile Discomfort

The cause of erectile discomfort can either be physiological, psychological or a combination of both.
Physiological causes of erectile discomfort

Erectile discomfort can be a result of a disease related to the kidney, a neuro disease, alcoholism, vascular related diseases and diabetes

Smoking and lack of exercise which contribute to heart disease and vascular problems.

Surgeries that may injure the nerves and arteries

near the reproductive area.

Drugs that have erectile discomfort as a side effect

 

Psychological causes of erectile discomfort

Stress

Anxiety

Guilt

Depression

Low self-esteem

Fear of sexual failure

Hormonal abnormalities (not enough testosterone)

 

Treatment

Treatment for erectile discomfort will depend on the level of discomfort experienced by a man. Doctors usually start from the least invasive treatment then work their way up to the more complicated ones if the need arises.


 

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Lifestyle ChangesThe first and easiest way to treat erectile discomfort done by undergoing a few healthy lifestyle changes. This will involve quitting smoking, losing excess weight and increasing physical activity. Switching to medications with less harmful side effects is also advised.
Psychotherapy – This offers techniques that will help release anxiety associated with intercourse as well as develop intimacy and stimulation between couples.
Drug therapy – Medication is one of the more common methods of treating erectile discomfort. Most other treatments will be administered in conjunction with the intake of drugs to speed up recovery. Most erectile discomfort related drugs can be taken orally but others require a direct injection into the penis or insertion into the urethra.
Vacuum Devices – These devices cause erection by creating a partial vacuum which draws blood into the penis allowing it to swell then expand.
Surgery – Surgery is done for a number of reasons:

one is to implant a device that can cause the penis to become erect

another is to reconstruct arteries to increase flow of blood to the penis

and lastly, to block off veins that allow blood to leak from the penile tissues.

 

Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles which support both the bladder and bowel. Development of this muscle will also result in a better sex life. Strengthening the pelvic muscle is a common and easy activity that is normally prescribed in conjunction with other more complicated treatments.
The exercise is not difficult to perform.
Find the right muscles. 
Tightly squeeze the muscles that help prevent you from passing gas to make sure that you know how to contract your pelvic floor muscles. If you look in the mirror, the base of your penis will move closer to your abdomen and your testicles will rise.
Another method of identifying the muscle is by performing a mid-stop when you urinate. The muscle used to do this is the one you need to focus on.
Perfect your technique. 
Once you’ve identified the muscle you can now perform the kegels exercise. Start by lying down and contracting the pelvic muscle. Hold it for 1 or 2 seconds then release. Repeat the process 10-15 times daily.
You can perform the exercise lying down, sitting down or standing up.
Maintain your focus. 
Contracting any of the surrounding muscle tissue will “feel” the same as the pelvic muscle because they are often used in conjunction with each other. The first step in mastering kegel exercises is to consistently isolate the targeted muscle from the rest.
Repeat once or twice a day. 
Your goal should be to do at least one or two sets a day. Once you have better control over the muscle, you can start adding more daily sessions.  

 

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