Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms

November 12, 2012

Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms

Although erectile dysfunction symptoms can differ from person to person from mild to severe, there are some that are nearly always present, which are difficulty getting an erection, difficulty sustaining an erection long enough to finish having sex and a decreased sexual libido. Erectile dysfunction symptoms can also be an early indicator of other medical conditions including coronary heart disease and diabetes. Peyronie’s disease can produce symptoms including painful erections and penile curving. Erection problem are also sometimes linked with anxiety, which puts additional pressure on sexual activities.

Erectile dysfunction symptoms can range in severity and show up constantly or only on occasion. It is quite common to experience difficulties every so often and every man will experience this from time to time so try not to worry or obsess over it. Erectile dysfunction symptoms can gradually become worse and more frequent and in such cases it is likely that there is medical cause for it and treatment may be necessary after your doctor makes a diagnosis. Erectile dysfunction symptoms that come on suddenly may be down to psychological factors. This is likely if you are continuing to experience erections early in the morning and during masturbation and should be discussed with the doctor.

The definition

Erectile Dysfunction also known as impotence can be defined as difficulty in having an erection and the inability to keep it long enough to have sex and is a condition that over 15 million men in the United Sates alone suffer with. In order to get an erection, there is a complex chain of events, which each have to be properly carried out. When a man becomes sexually excited, the brain triggers a signal for the body to send blood to the penis, filling the two cylinders in the shaft of the penis, causing it to stiffen. A continued flow of blood is required in order to sustain the erection. After ejaculation or once the sexual excitement has subsided the blood flow return to normal allowing the penis to return to normal. Physical and psychological arousal are both needed in order to get a full erection as it is the chemicals released by the body’s nervous system that are controlling it. If something blocks the signal or interferes with another area of the process then erectile dysfunction symptoms will occur.

Psychological factors of erectile dysfunction

Around 10% of the time, erectile dysfunction symptoms occur because of psychological factors including stress, fatigue, anxiety or depression. In the remainder of cases, there is a physical issue causing a restriction to the flow of blood to the penis or the chemicals released buy the nervous system are being blocked. Some conditions that can lead to these problems include coronary heart disease, diabetic nerve damage to genital nerves, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and complications after surgeries. Vascular problems in the smaller arteries leading to a reduced blood flow can be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure and medications and can be a factor resulting in erectile dysfunction symptoms. There are also medication that can cause erectile dysfunction as a side effect as well as other associated conditions including excessive alcohol consumption, hormone imbalances and kidney and liver disease.


Your doctor, through a physical exam and asking detailed questions can make a proper diagnosis. It is also likely that a blood test will be required in order to check for any other underlying conditions. An ultrasound of the genital area can provide doctors with an idea of the blood flow to the region. If you believe you may be suffering from erectile dysfunction symptoms, seek help and advise from your doctor.

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