ED has been defined as the persistent inability to attain and/or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual performance. Although ED is not usually perceived as a life-threatening condition, it is closely associated with many important physical conditions and may affect psychosocial health. As such, ED has a significant impact on the quality of life of patients and their partners.
HOW COMMON IS ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION?
A UK study of men aged 18-75 showed a rate of 39% for lifetime erectile dysfunction with a current prevalence of 26%. However, it is estimated up to 50% of men will suffer with the condition at some point in their lives.
HOW IS ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION DIAGNOSED?
The International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) Questionnaire is a useful diagnostic tool, however a cause must be established in order to effectively manage the condition.
CAUSES OF ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
Despite sexual intercourse being a basic human need, obtaining an erection long enough for ejaculation is a complex process that is under hormonal control.
There are numerous physical and psychological factors that can influence it:
Cardiovascular disease: – Atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes