A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggested that problems getting and maintaining an erection are now more common in younger men than previously thought. Research found that erections problems affected 26 percent of young males under 40 years old and nearly half of these young men had severe issues with erections. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common issue that affects many men. It can be caused by various factors, including developmental disruptions in the penis, as well as adult-related issues affecting sexual arousal, neural pathways, molecular changes, and hormone signaling necessary for achieving an erection.
When you’re sexually stimulated, your body activates the parasympathetic system, which triggers the release of nitric oxide (NO) from nerve terminals in the penis. This causes the blood vessels in the penile region to expand, allowing more blood to flow in. As a result, the penis becomes engorged with blood and erect. This process is known as tumescence and relies on the compression of veins surrounding the erectile tissue to restrict blood flow out of the penis. This increased blood pressure leads to a rigid erection.
On the flip side, the sympathetic pathway releases noradrenaline (NA), which initiates detumescence, the process where the penis returns to its flaccid state. Androgen signaling, which plays a crucial role in penis development and regulating erection in adults, is essential for proper erectile function. Interestingly, estrogen signaling also has implications in penis development and potentially affects erectile function later in life.
It’s worth noting that exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), although not extensively studied, may pose a risk factor for ED. This is because endocrine signaling plays a significant role in erectile function. In our review, we delve into the intricate biology of erectile function, with a specific focus on the role of hormone signaling. We explore the potential connection between EDCs and ED, examining evidence from animal and human studies.
If you’re seeking assistance with erectile dysfunction, we provide a comprehensive understanding of the underlying mechanisms and potential factors that may contribute to this condition.
Erectile dysfunction is when you face challenges getting or sustaining an erection that is firm enough for sexual activity. This condition can stem from various factors, including the brain, emotions, nervous system, muscles, hormones, and blood vessels. It’s often a combination of these factors, and Dr. Aister, who is a board-certified specialist in men’s health, can help you understand and address them.
[INFO GRAPHIC Over 52% of Men Experience ED]
The most common causes of erectile dysfunction are diverse. Erectile dysfunction can have many different causes, including:
- Heart disease or other circulatory problems
- Peyronie’s disease
- Low testosterone
- Drug or alcohol use
- Depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders
- Relationship problems
- Prescription medications
Dr. Aister will work with you to identify the underlying cause and develop a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs.
Recognizing the symptoms of erectile dysfunction is essential. They may include difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, poor circulation, stress and anxiety surrounding sexual activity, reduced libido or sexual desire, low self-esteem, and the inability to engage in satisfying intercourse. It’s important to note that experiencing occasional difficulty with erections is normal, but if these symptoms persist and impact your daily life, it’s time to seek help.
Remember, you don’t have to face this challenge alone. Dr. Aister is a compassionate and knowledgeable professional who understands the physical and emotional toll that erectile dysfunction can take. Peak Vitality is here to support you every step of the way, providing expert guidance, exploring treatment options tailored to your specific situation, and ensuring your overall health remains a priority.
Don’t let erectile dysfunction hold you back from enjoying a fulfilling and satisfying sex life. Reach out to Peak Vitality today and take the first step towards reclaiming your confidence and well-being. There’s no need to be ashamed or embarrassed, seeking help is a courageous choice that can lead to positive change. You deserve to experience the joy and intimacy that a healthy sex life can bring.