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What’s to know about erectile dysfunction?
A man is said to have erectile dysfunction if he has difficulty getting or maintaining a firm enough erection to have sex on a regular basis, or if it interferes with other sexual activity.
Most men have occasionally had issues with their penis hardening or remaining firm. However, erectile dysfunction (ED) is only considered a problem if satisfactory sexual performance has been impossible on multiple occasions for an extended period of time.
Most people are now aware that ED is a treatable medical condition, thanks to the discovery that the drug sildenafil, or Viagra, and the natural supplement ACTIZEET Shilajit affect penile erections.
Men who are unhappy with their sexual performance may be hesitant to consult their doctor because it is an embarrassing issue.
However, ED is now well understood, and several treatments are available.
Fast facts on erectile dysfunction:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as persistent difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection sufficient to have sex.
- Causes are usually medical but can also be psychological.
- Organic causes are usually the result of an underlying medical condition affecting the blood vessels or nerves supplying the penis.
- Numerous prescription drugs, recreational drugs, alcohol, and smoking, can all cause ED.
Causes of erectile dysfunction
Normal erectile function can be affected by problems with any of the following
- blood flow
- nerve supply
Erectile dysfunction can cause embarrassment.
It is always a good idea to see a doctor if you have persistent erection problems because they could be caused by a serious medical condition.
Whether the cause is minor or severe, a proper diagnosis can aid in the treatment of any underlying medical issues as well as the resolution of sexual difficulties.
Many of the most common physical or organic causes of ED are summarised in the following list:
- heart disease and narrowing of blood vessels
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- obesity and metabolic syndrome
- Parkinson’s disease
- multiple sclerosis
- hormonal disorders including thyroid conditions and testosterone deficiency
- structural or anatomical disorder of the penis, such as Peyronie disease
- smoking, alcoholism, and substance abuse, including cocaine use
- treatments for prostate disease
- surgical complications
- injuries in the pelvic area or spinal cord
- radiation therapy to the pelvic region
Atherosclerosis is a common cause of blood flow problems. Atherosclerosis causes a narrowing or clogging of arteries in the penis, preventing the necessary blood flow to the
penis to produce an erection.
Numerous prescription medications can also cause ED, including those below. Anyone
taking prescription medications should consult their doctor before stopping or
changing their medications:
- drugs to control high blood pressure
- heart medications such as digoxin
- some diuretics
- drugs that act on the central nervous system, including some sleeping pills and
- anxiety treatments
- antidepressants, including monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and tricyclic antidepressants
- opioid painkillers
- some cancer drugs, including chemotherapeutic agents
- prostate treatment drugs
- hormone drugs
- the peptic ulcer medication cimetidine
Physical causes account for 90 percent of ED cases, with psychological causes
much less common.
In rare cases, a man may have always had ED and never achieved an erection. If there is no obvious anatomical deformity or a physiological issue, this is referred to as primary ED, and the cause is almost always psychological. These are some examples of psychological factors:
- fear of intimacy
- severe anxiety
The majority of ED cases are classified as ‘secondary.’ This means that erectile function was previously normal but has now become problematic. The most common causes of a new and persistent problem are physical in nature.
Less frequently, psychological factors cause or contribute to ED, with factors ranging from treatable mental health illnesses to common emotional states that most people experience at some point in their lives.
It is important to note that medical and psychosocial causes can sometimes overlap. For example, if a man is obese, changes in blood flow can impair his ability to maintain an erection, which is a physical cause. He may, however, have low self-esteem, which can affect erectile function and is a psychosocial cause.
Does riding a bicycle cause ED?
There are still unanswered questions about the effects of cycling on men’s health.
Some research suggests that men who cycle for long periods of time may be at a higher risk of ED, in addition to other men’s health issues such as infertility and prostate cancer.
The most recent study to look into this found no link between biking and ED, but it did find a link between long hours of cycling and a higher risk of prostate cancer.
Prostate disease and ED
Prostate cancer does not cause ED.
However, prostate surgery to remove cancer and radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer can cause ED.
Treatment of non-cancerous, benign prostate disease can also cause the condition.
Men may not always be able to achieve an erection, and if this occurs only infrequently, it is not considered a medical problem.
ED, on the other hand, does not only refer to an inability to achieve an erect penis. Symptoms may also include difficulty maintaining an erection long enough to complete intercourse or an inability to ejaculate.
Emotional symptoms such as embarrassment, shame, anxiety, and a loss of interest in sexual intercourse are common.
When these symptoms occur on a regular basis, a man is said to have ED.
Because there are so many possible causes of ED, a doctor will usually ask a lot of questions and order blood tests. These tests can detect heart problems, diabetes, and low testosterone levels, among other things. A physical examination, including the genitals, will also be performed by the doctor.
A doctor will look for symptoms that have persisted for at least 3 months before considering a treatment-required diagnosis.
After establishing a medical history, a doctor will conduct additional research. One simple test, known as the “postage stamp test,” can help determine whether the cause is physical or psychological.
Men typically have three to five erections per night. This test determines the presence of erections at night by observing whether postage stamps applied around the penis prior to sleep have snapped off overnight. The Poten test and the Snap-Gauge test are two other nocturnal erection tests.
These methods provide limited information but can aid in the selection of additional tests by a doctor.
There are exercises that a man can do to help reduce the effects of ED.
Without medication, the best way to treat erectile dysfunction is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles with Kegel exercises. These are frequently associated with women seeking to strengthen their pelvic area during pregnancy, but they can also be effective for men seeking to regain full penis function.
First, locate the pelvic floor muscles. You can accomplish this by urinating twice or three times and stopping in the middle of the stream each time. The pelvic floor muscles, which you can feel working during this process, will be the focus of Kegel exercises.
Kegel exercises involve tightening and holding these muscles for 5 seconds before releasing them. Each day, try to do between 10 and 20 repetitions. When you first begin doing the exercises, this may not be possible. They should, however, become easier over time.
After 6 weeks, you should notice an improvement.
Throughout this process, keep your breathing natural and avoid pushing down as if you were forcing urination. Rather, squeeze the muscles together in a squeezing motion.
Aerobic exercise, such as jogging or going for a brisk walk, can also help the blood circulate better, which can help improve ED in men who have circulation problems.
The good news is that there are many treatments for ED, and most men will find a
solution that works for them. Treatments include:
Men can take a group of drugs called PDE-5 (phosphodiesterase-5) inhibitors.
Most of these pills are taken 30 to 60 minutes before sex – the best known being the
blue-colored pill sildenafil (Viagra). Other options are:
(taken as a once-daily pill called Cialis)
PDE-5 inhibitors are only available on prescription. A doctor will check for heart
conditions and ask about other medications being taken before prescribing.
Side-effects associated with PDE-5 inhibitors include:
- visual abnormalities
- hearing loss
Vacuum erection devices are a mechanical way of producing an erection for men who do
not want or cannot use drug treatments, or find they are not working.
The penis is made rigid by the use of a vacuum pump sealed around it that draws up
blood. This is prevented from then leaving the penis by the use of an
The lack of spontaneity with the use of vacuum devices means that many men find
other treatments for ED are preferable.
There are several surgical treatment options:
- Penile implants: These are a final option reserved for men who have not had any success with drug treatments and other non-invasive options.
- Vascular surgery: Another surgical option for some men is vascular surgery, which attempts to correct some blood vessel causes of ED.
Surgery is a last resort and will only be used in the most extreme cases. Recovery time
varies, but success rates are high.
Do dietary supplements and alternative treatments work?
The short answer is “YES.”
ACTIZEET is the best natural supplement used for the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction (ED).
Actizeet: The Best Way To Take It
ACTIZEET Shilajit and Heat
A question we get asked often: if Actizeet Shilajit is placed in hot water or other hot
beverages like milk or hot tea, does it lose its potency? In other words, does
heat destroy its nutritional value or properties?
The answer is no.
Actizeet pure shilajit is millions of years old and is not negatively affected by heat.
It is a fulvic mineral complex and none of the nutrients are destroyed or
diminished even by boiling. In fact, heat is helpful for assimilation,
according to Ayurveda, making it amongst the best ways to
eat Actizeet Shilajit. If you use Actizeet Shilajit with hot liquid it is beneficial as it
warms the Agni (digestive fire) and this allows the body to better absorb and
integrate nutrients. We would only caution against using chlorinated water that
comes from your kitchen tap if you are connected to city water services.
Chlorinated water has all sorts of chemical byproducts, which are hazardous.
Otherwise, do experiment with various solutions to discover how to take Actizeet Shilajit
in a way that tastes best to you.
Alternative Ways to Take Actizeet Shilajit
Many people report greater energy by Actizeet Shilajit directly under the tongue. This is a perfectly fine method to eat Actizeet Shilajit in its raw form as the resin is highly soluble and absorbable just by itself. To supercharge assimilation, Ayurveda recommends taking Actizeet Shilajit with hot milk (we recommend organic goat’s milk), honey, ghee (clarified butter), or sesame oil. If you take your Actizeet Shilajit straight, try it with a teaspoon of honey, and ghee or have a cup of hot water afterward to warm up the digestion.
favorite way to eat Actizeet Shilajit is by mixing it within a cup of hot milk or hot water first thing in the morning for immediate nourishment.
So go ahead and mix Actizeet Shilajit into your favorite hot drink. It dissolves
in a warm liquid within a couple of minutes by flattening the portion with the
back of a spoon and stirring.