Erection in Men


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What is Sexual Disorder

Male Sexual Disorder is also known as Erectile Dysfunction(ED). A Sexual disorder occurs when a man is unable to achieve sexual satisfaction with his partner.

One in 10 men in the world suffers from performance anxiety as a result of penis erection which affects the physical, psycho-social well-being and quality of life.

The Canadian Study of Erectile Dysfunction identified 49.4% of men over 40 with ED, with other studies showing that 5% to 20% of men have moderate to severe ED.


Androgen deficiency

Androgen and Sexual Desire

Androgen’s are the major hormones regulating the biological component of sexual desire in men, the effect of androgen on sexual desire is robust and readily reproducible.

However, if this hormone is deficiency in the body, the result may be lack of sexual desire in Man. Below are likely causes of low sexual desire:

Anger, Anxiety, Depression and Sexual Desire

The Feelings of anger and anxiety can overflow onto sex life in men, you may find you can’t perform as well as you normally could.

‘Performance anxiety’ is a common cause of erectile problems. Loss of sexual desire can also be associated with depression.

Depression has played a prominent role in the psycho-dynamics and therapeutic management of the condition.

Systematic studies suggest that low desire is present in up to 75% of depressed patients according to Rosen et al., 1997.

Antidepressants Therapy and Sexual Desire 

When anger, anxiety, and depression set in, most men usually sort after Antidepressant.

Antidepressant induces complex physiological and psychological effects, which leads to reduced sexual arousal and poor erectile capability.

Alcohol and Sexual Desire

In small quantity, alcohol is widely used to relieve inhibitions and to overcome negative influences on sexual desire.

At higher doses, alcohol acts as an inhibitor of desire predominantly through effects on the central nervous system and inducing hepatic conversion of testosterone to estradiol, particularly as hepatic function deteriorates as a result of prolonged alcohol use, which leads to obesity and low sexual desires. 

Blood Sugar and Sexual Desire

High blood sugar result in diabetes and diabetes raises the risk of erectile dysfunction threefold by its effects on nerves and blood vessels.

Aging in Men and Sexual Desire

Disease such as Peyronie’s disease causes curvature of the penis due to a hardened area of scar tissue which results in pain when the man has an erection.

Heart failure leads to low blood circulation to the Penis, thus inhibiting Penis erection. The Canadian Study of Erectile Dysfunction also identified that 49.4% of men over 40 years suffers from Erection Dysfunction.

The key Treatment of low Sexual desire in Men.

The first step in the management of Erection Dysfunction(ED) is to facilitate the patient’s and partner’s understanding of the condition by a Medical Doctor.

Identify patient’s need, expectations, priorities and preferences.

Oral medications are a successful erectile dysfunction treatment for many men.

These treatment includes: Sildenafil (Viagra), Tadalafil (Adcirca, Cialis), Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn) and Avanafil (Stendra).

Good medical practice recognizes moderate to vigorous aerobic activity which can improve erectile dysfunction.

However, benefits might be less in some men, including those with established heart disease or other significant medical conditions.