Erectile dysfunction is an inability to achieve or sustain an erection for sexual intercourse.
Typically a man with erectile dysfunction has partial erections that are too weak for penetration. Total absence of erections are infrequent and often occur as a result of certain medical conditions.
An estimated incidence of erectile dysfunction (ED) is 150 million men worldwide, of which 11,5 million are from Africa.
Weak erections - also known as impotence or erectile dysfunction - are not diseases, but a secondary condition brought on by other primary causes.
It is a side effect, a symptom of something else. Thirty years ago, when men went to their doctors asking for help for erectile problems, they were told that there was no treatment because it was caused by ageing, or it was all in their heads - psychological.
A generation of research has been conducted in the intervening years. With more knowledge now, doctors can divide this very common disorder into general causes.
Causes of erectile dysfunction
Common emotional causes:
l Sexual ignoranceCommon physical causes:
l Anatomical problems and disorders
l Hormonal imbalancesl Chronic illnessl Nerve damage
About 85 percent of these problems are because of physical - organic - causes. Slightly more than 10 percent is totally psychological, or "all in your head".
The other 5 percent is unknown. The 85 percent figure includes a mixture of physical impotence with psychological involvement.
The main point here is this: 85 percent of all impotent men are impotent because something within the body, other than the penis, is malfunctioning.
Low libido can loosely be defined as a lack of sexual desire. Low libido for an individual is a very personal issue and depends on many variables including age. It is the second most common sexual dysfunction in men after premature ejaculation.
Loss of libido is also very difficult for men to discuss, despite the help available from health professionals such as Mens Clinic International.
There is a difference between weak erections or impotence and low libido.
It is important to note that impotence and loss of libido are two separate issues. Impotence refers to the inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse, whereas low libido is indicated by a lack of desire.
In other words a man suffering from low libido is able to achieve and maintain an erection but does not have the desire to do so.
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