In an article by Everyday Health, erectile dysfunction (ED), which is a common reproductive health issue, affects millions of men worldwide, causing low performance during intimacy, anxiety, guilt, embarrassment, and low self-esteem for the male population.
It is highly imperative that men are aware of and are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of erectile dysfunction so that appropriate treatment can be provided. Let's discuss four (4) signs and symptoms of ED that men should be aware of:
1. Inability to have or maintain an eréction: This is one of the easiest indicators of erectile dysfunction, where men are unable to have intimacy due to the inability to form a firm eréction. In some cases, the eréction may be present but will not be sustained for long periods.
2. Decreased desire for intimacy: Apart from the inability to form or sustain strong eréctions for intimacy, the absence or lack of interest in séxual activities may equally be a sign of erectile dysfunction that every man should not ignore once spotted.
3. Premature ejàculation (the "too quick syndrome): In some cases, men experiencing ED may be able to have erections; however, the male reproductive fluid may be released just a few moments after the commencement of intimacy; this is usually known as the "too quick syndrome.
4. Delayed Ejàculation (Too Late Syndrome): Similar to the above-mentioned point, some men may experience priapism, a medical condition where the male organ is stimulàted for a long period of time and the release of the male reproductive fluid is greatly delayed; this is well known as the too-late syndrome.
What are the factors that cause erectile dysfunction?
Key factors or contributors to erectile dysfunction may be split into three (3) categories, namely:
1. Physical factors like cardiovascular challenges, excessive weight gain (obesity), diabetes, insomnia (sleep disorders), nerve damage or brain and spinal cord injury, hormonal imbalances (hypogonadism), etc.
2. Drugs and medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), chemotherapy and prostate cancer drugs, antidepressants, sedatives, and tranquillizers are well known for their interference in the sexual health of males.
3. Psychological factors like anxiety, stress, mental health challenges, and depression are some of the key contributors to the establishment of erectile dysfunction in males.
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