Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a male sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual performance.
Erectile dysfunction affects 10-15% of all males and can be emotionally and psychologically disabling for men and their partners. It is more common in men over 65 years, but it can occur at any age.
In 80% of erectile dysfunction cases, physical factors such as drugs or abnormalities with blood flow, nerve impulses or hormones are the major causes. Psychological factors account for the remaining cases and may be attributed to stress, performance anxiety or inadequate knowledge about sexuality.
Erectile dysfunction can cause emotional stress between partners. Many times, men will avoid sex due to their emotional pain associated with erectile dysfunction, causing their partner to feel rejected or inadequate. Some couples consider seeking treatment together, while in other cases, men prefer to seek treatment without their partner’s knowledge. The loss of erectile capacity can have a profound effect on a man. The good news is that erectile dysfunction can usually be treated safely and effectively.
Depending on whether the cause of the erection problem is physical or psychological, the urologist may prescribe a change in medication, hormone replacement, antidepressant therapy, devices, or self injection to promote erections. In some cases, the patient may opt for a surgical alternative, such as insertion of a penile implant
What is New in Erectile Dysfunction?
1. Drugs Used to Treat Erectile Dysfunction can also Treat Rare CancersDrugs that are prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction were found to have the potential to be repurposed for treating rare cancers, reveals a new study. Phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors such as sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil have the potential to treat rare cancers.Read More..
Latest Publications and Research on Erectile DysfunctionSalvage Focal Cryotherapy Offers Similar Short-term Oncologic Control and Improved Urinary Function Compared With Salvage Whole Gland Cryotherapy for Radiation-resistant or Recurrent Prostate Cancer. - Published by PubMed
Valproate, sexual health, and men: A narrative review. - Published by PubMed
Almond-supplemented diet improves sexual functions beyond Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibition in diabetic male rats. - Published by PubMed
Re: Reece JC, Dangerfield DC, and Coombs CJ. End-to-side Somatic-to-autonomic Nerve Grafting to Restore Erectile Function and Improve Quality of Life After Radical Prostatectomy. Eur Urol 2019; 76(2):189-196. - Published by PubMed
Embryonic stem cell-derived extracellular vesicle-mimetic nanovesicles rescue erectile function by enhancing penile neurovascular regeneration in the streptozotocin-induced diabetic mouse. - Published by PubMed