What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a persistent inability to achieve and maintain an erection sufficiently to be able to satisfy a sexual relationship. Erectile dysfunction affects 1 in 5 men in Spain. It is necessary to determine how much the erection has changed. For this purpose, it is very useful to set up a questionnaire such as IIEF-5.

Erectile dysfunction is represented as the inability to achieve and maintain an adequate erection is not only a special event, but is repeated for at least 3 months.

During this time, it is important to make an appointment with your doctor. Erectile dysfunction is not only a sexual health problem, but, as we will see later, it can also be a symptom of other undiagnosed diseases, such as heart or metabolic diseases.

It is important to discuss this with your doctor.

Studies conducted in many countries around the world have reported that erectile dysfunction age is more than 50% of men over 40 years of age. In Spain, in men over the age of 40, erectile dysfunction affects 25% of them. Erectile dysfunction can be linked to other diseases, either because they can be the cause of erectile dysfunction or because erectile dysfunction can warn us of their presence, even if they have not yet been diagnosed: obesity, diabetes (increases the risk to 50%), hypertension ( hypertension), high cholesterol or testosterone deficiency.

What is the main cause of erectile dysfunction?

When it is a sexual stimulus, the human brain sends information (neurotransmitters) through the spinal cord to the nerves. Neurotransmitters reach the smooth muscles of the walls of the diaphragm in the space in the limbs of the penis and these, when released, cause relaxation of the expanding muscle by allowing blood to enter the penis. Expansion, on the other hand, causes the blood vessels to constrict, keeping the blood inside the corpora cavernosa and increasing the length and thickness of the penis, known as the erection.