An erection of the penis can occur when there is some sort of stimulation to the body arouses the organ. It can be touch, sight, smell, sound and other stimulators which the nervous system identifies like signals to the action. The signals from the central nervous system are sent to the penile region where the process gets started.
The blood flow and proper functioning of the vessels as well as nervous signals from the brain make a complex involved into the normal erectile function. As blood comes into the tissues of the penis, it gets larger, harder and erect. The blood vessels draining the blood from the penis shut to prevent blood from coming out of the penis and to provide and maintain the erection.
The erection produced naturally goes away soon after the climax when the extra blood is drained from the organ.
Normal erections occur whenever the brain receives the signals from the nervous system and sends them back to the penile organ. Erections can occur deliberately and spontaneously at any time of the day or night. With age men learn how to control their erections and have arousal at the wanted time.
Most problems with erections are caused by a combination of both physical and psychological issues.
Physical causes tend to be in most cases common illnesses which men develop to certain age in their lives. These include vascular problems, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, stroke, heart problems, hypertension and others. Other physical causes may have origin in injuries, surgery complications, traumas, physical deformity of the penis and others.
Lots of men in their 55-60 years of age experience hormonal imbalance due to natural decrease of the hormone testosterone. Still it may be not the main cause of the erectile dysfunction.
Psychological causes usually occur when a person experiences some problems with job, family, relations, or may have increased stress, anxiety or grief due to some event.
Scientists have estimated that psychological issues account for about 40% of erection problems. And this type of problems tends to occur in younger men.
Erectile dysfunction strikes men all of a sudden or may be a part of long-lasting problem. Men who experience some sort of erectile difficulties should consult their medical practitioners to manage the symptoms and prolong their natural abilities to get and maintain erections.
Decisions for erection problems
It is not impossible to cure the condition called erectile dysfunction. But a man can prevent it or stop it by making certain important decisions. First of all, the lifestyle which brings to the problem should be changed. It refers to smoking, excessive drinking, overeating and lack of physical activity.
Then the treatment to the underlying cause should be started along with the treatment of erectile dysfunction. If the cause of the problem is diabetes, then the blood sugar should be controlled. If the hypertension – a man should start the proper treatment for it.
Finally, the main reason, why the erections don’t appear or tend to be weak, should be managed. The adequate blood supply to the penis can be provided by one of the medicines used orally for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Sildenafil, the first oral drug marketed for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, relaxes smooth muscle in the corpora cavernosa , enabling erection during arousal. Other treatments are available. Make the right decision and ask your doctor for advice.