Erectile Dysfunction

Introduction

Erectile Dysfunction is a failure to attain and/or maintain erection required for a satisfying sexual intercourse. Erectile Dysfunction is detected in more than half of the men over 40 years of age.1

  1. Akkuş E, et al. Prevalence and correlates of erectile dysfunction in Turkey: a population-based study. Eur Urol 2002;41:298-304.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

What is Erection?

Erection appears because of a complex mechanism. The brain, spinal cord, nerves, blood vessels, smooth muscle of the penis and hormones play a role in erection.1

A stimulus as a result of image, thinking, touching, odour, voice or combination of these are required for erection. The brain sends activating signals to the nerves of the penis as a result of stimulus. The penile tissue relaxes as a result of these signals and the arteries dilate. The penis enlarges and becomes longer. The veins which discharge the blood from the penis are closed and the blood is captured inside the penis.1

The erection continues until ejaculation or termination of sexual interest.1

Reference:
  1. 1. Turkish Andrology Association. Male Sexual Dysfunctions. http://www.androloji.org.tr/6/hastalar-icin/29/erkek-cinsel-fonksiyon-bozukluklari, Date of Access: 12.01.2016.

Warning: The information provided here is general. It may be misleading to make diagnosis, prognosis or to draw conclusions based on this information. Physical examination must be conducted by a physician.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is inability to attain or to maintain erection required for a satisfying sexual intercourse.1,2

More than half of the males over 40 years of age have erection problems1. In the world, this problem affects approximately 152 million males and it is assumed that this number will increase to 322 million in 2025.2

The frequency and severity of erection problem increase with age.1

References
  1. Akkuş E, et al. Prevalence and correlates of erectile dysfunction in Turkey: a population-based study. Eur Urol 2002;41:298-304.
  2. Solomon H, et al. Erectile dysfunction and the cardiovascular patient: endothelial dysfunction is the common denominator. Heart 2003;89:251-4.

Warning: The information provided here is general. It may be misleading to make diagnosis, prognosis or to draw conclusions based on this information. Physical examination must be conducted by a physician.

Is Erectile Dysfunction Permanent?

Most of the people who experience erection problem can recover with the help of appropriate treatments.1

For each kind of problem concerning erection, patient should consult a doctor.

References

  1. Hatzimouratidis K, et al. Guidelines on male sexual dysfunction: erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Eur Urol 2010;57:804-14.
  2. Turkish Andrology Association. Erkek Cinsel Fonksiyon Bozuklukları. http://www.androloji.org.tr/6/hastalar-icin/29/erkek-cinsel-fonksiyon-bozukluklari, Date of Access: 11.01.2016.

Warning: Warning: The information provided here is general. It may be misleading to make diagnosis, prognosis or to draw conclusions based on this information. Physical examination must be conducted by a physician.

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