Sex provides the very much required excitement in our life. It is a factor which can strengthen or weaken a relationship between two sex partners. Erectile dysfunction is one of the reasons which have caused strained relationships. It is defined as man’s inability to get enough erection to have successful sexual intercourse. If this problem is encountered occasionally then there is nothing much to worry about. Whereas, if it is a regular problem identified as impotency, then it is a serious health concern. The probability of having erectile dysfunction increases with age. Although this problem can be seen at any age but as per data 5 to 25% of men get affected by it in the age group of 40 to 65 years. This can shoot up to 50% by the age of 70 years.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused due to physical or psychological factors or both. The erection process involves a sequence of events within the body involving brain, spinal column, veins and arteries in the penis. Erection will not be possible if this process gets disrupted at any stage. Any kind of damage to nerves, arteries, smooth muscles due to diseases like diabetes, neurological disease, kidney disease etc can also result in erectile dysfunction. According to statistics, these kinds of diseases account for about 70 percent cases of erectile dysfunction. It can also be caused as a side effect of some surgery which damages nerves around penis or medication of common diseases like blood pressure. Around 20% cases of erectile dysfunction are due to psychological factors like stress, guilt, depression and anxiety.
A variety of treatments are available to overcome impotency. One can choose from various alternatives like psychotherapy, drug therapy, vacuum devices, or surgery. The most widely accepted method is the drug therapy. These drugs used for curing erectile dysfunction can either be consumed orally or injected directly into the penis.