Erectile Dysfunction and 3 Criteria for Diagnosis

What is Erectile Dysfunction

The article discusses the causes of erectile dysfunction and potential treatments. The author provides a brief overview of what erectile dysfunction is, how it can be caused by stress, depression, smoking, alcohol use, certain medications, or health conditions. He then lists treatment options including medical intervention for erectile dysfunction as well as lifestyle changes that may help alleviate symptoms.

What is erectile dysfunction?

The inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse is erectile dysfunction (ED). Sometimes it is referred to as impotence, although this term is less often used now.

It is difficult to achieve the necessary and sufficient erection to maintain any sexual activity. This can happen from the beginning of a man’s sexual life, but can also develop later. It may be purely psychological or caused by some biological factors. Therefore, you need to make a psychological/biological origin distinction well. The problem is likely psychological in erect in the morning, spontaneously erect during the day, and erect in masturbation. The problem’s solution becomes more complicated when patients use drugs (viagra, cialis, etc.) even though it is psychological. The real and long-lasting treatment of this problem is sexual therapy.

erectile dysfunction
Source: instagram

Clinical Signs and Symptoms

3 Criteria for Diagnosis

  • No full erection of the penis or not maintaining an erection of the penis during sexual intercourse
  • This disorder causes significant stress.
  • Erectile dysfunction is not a component of a psychiatric disorder other than sexual dysfunction and is not directly related to physiological cause or substance.

What are the Causes?

The causes of erectile dysfunction can be divided into organic (physical) and psychogenic. The sexual story is important to understand which causes are effective.

Physical Causes

Physical causes of ED can be divided into vascular (vascular) diseases, hormonal causes, neurogenic causes, drugs, alcohol, and other substances.

Among the vascular causes, arteriosclerosis (hypertension), (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (increase in the rate of fat in the blood), hormonal causes are the most common low testosterone, hypothyroidism, hyperprolactinemia, and the most common neurogenic causes are diabetes mellitus (diabetes), chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s, surgical interventions such as prostate surgery, antidepressants, antihypertensives, cardiac (heart) drugs are among the most common causes. 

Psychological Causes

There are three causes that trigger and sustain the psychogenic causes of ED

The most common causes are lack of sexual knowledge, sexual inexperience, and upbringing.

Among the triggering reasons are relationship problems, work problems, financial problems, the emergence of another sexual problem or a psychiatric or physical illness in himself or his wife, the inability to accept the natural changes of aging, his wife becoming pregnant, breastfeeding, menopause.

The most common cause is performance concerns. A man with erectile dysfunction worries about whether erectile dysfunction will occur before starting sexual intercourse. Another aspect that contributes to the continuation of the problem is the sexual partner’s approach to sexuality and problem.

What Treatment Methods for Erectile Dysfunction?

Treatment varies depending on the cause of erectile dysfunction. If there is a lack of sexual knowledge and experience, even providing only sexual information can correct the problem.

But if there is psychogenic erectile dysfunction, sexual therapy is administered by an experienced psychiatrist and psychologist for 6-12 sessions.

When relationship problems are the priority, sexual therapy may delay because of the need for intercourse therapy.

Last Updated on December 3, 2021 by William Lindberg

Write a Comment

About Author

Currently studying psychology and researching cognitive behavioral therapy. Also have studied comprative literature,interested in gender studies,.

Write a Comment