Male Erectile Dysfunction, What Is Normal?

When to get help?

Let’s begin by admitting that every sexually active male out there has encountered some awkward moment in the bedroom at one point in time….and if you’re early into your sex life be aware that it will happen! A man may find himself eager to perform, but losing an erection or not being able to achieve one for no obvious reason may lead to psychological and relationship issues. While the penis may not seem so complex, you should be aware that it is!

What is normal?

The male sex organ, the penis, consists of the shaft (the longest part) and the head located at the end of the shaft. The opening at the tip of the head is called the meatus. Inside the shaft are two chambers running the length of the penis called the corpora cavernosa. Within these chambers run a maze of blood vessels, two main arteries, tissue, and nerves. The two main arteries and numerous other veins move blood in and out. The nerves send chemical messages to the blood vessels in the penis calling for more blood flow, which builds up pressure causing the penis to expand and hold an erection.

Any hiccup occurring during this complex nerve firing and blood flow can interfere with your erection. These awkward moments can occur in any man, regardless of age for reasons as simple as an interruption during the erection process or stress. This is normal!

However, a frequent occurrence of difficulty achieving and sustaining an erection, is NOT normal. An increase in difficulty achieving and sustaining an erection lasting longer than 3 months is an indicator of a chronic condition, and you should seek medical attention. You could be dealing with Erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is typically able to be self-diagnosed, but it is not generally self-treated. In fact self-treating could be a dangerous decision.

Consider medical attention

Seeking medical attention if you suspect you are dealing with ED is very important to your overall health. ED is often caused by an underlying health issue, like diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, hormonal imbalances, or a neurological disorder. A through medical exam with a qualified physician at Louisville Men’s Clinic can not only help you diagnose and treat your ED, but also alert you to a bigger health concern. If you are experiencing erectile problems, that occur more often than a rare occasion it is important for your health to contact a qualified physician immediately. If your physician treats your ED concerns with a simple prescription of Levitra, Viagra, Staxyn, Stendra, or Cialis, we encourage you to seek out a second opinion immediately.

Appointments at Louisville Men’s Clinic are short and confidential. We offer a male appealing waiting area and an all-male staff. Erectile dysfunction is a very common problem with lots of available treatment options. Our doctors offer a consultative approach to treating erectile dysfunction as well as low testosterone, premature ejaculation, and Peyronie’s Disease. You owe it to your sex life and overall health to make an appointment today! Schedule an appointment with our office online or call 502-795-3511.