Erectile problems

Arousal difficulties (i.e. getting an erection) are different to decreased libido, because in the latter the person does want to engage in sex. Erectile difficulties can affect a man’s ability to attain and maintain an erection. It is common that a man will experience such difficulties at some point and this is not necessarily an indicator of an underlying problem. However, if it persists, advice needs to be sought.

Some men may get morning erections but not get erections on masturbation or before intercourse. This could be indicative of psychological factors being involved, such as anxiety. Anxiety and doubts about getting an erection may exacerbate the symptoms.

Erectile dysfunction can result from a number of conditions, namely, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke, and hormonal imbalance.

Erectile dysfunction is a side-effect of a number of medications and treatments, including anti-hypertensives (i.e. for high blood pressure), diuretics (for high blood pressure heart failure and kidney disease), fibrates (for cholesterol), chemotherapy and antihistamines (for allergies). In such cases, the need for medication should be reviewed regularly, and other methods of controlling the condition could be considered. When this is not possible, the couple may consider alternative methods of sexual activities. For example, couples may use penis pumps which are devices that facilitate blood-flow into the penis, or penis rings which would help keep the penis erect.