Erectile Dysfunction

Weak erection

In medicine, a weak erection is also called erectile dysfunction. An erection depends on many factors, such as a person’s age, general health, hormone levels, nerve fiber conduction, blood flow, mental state and emotions. A weak erection occurs due to the influence of one or more of the above factors: for example, only due to severe stress, the hormonal balance has changed or, in addition to the influence of stress, the blood flow of the penis has worsened.

Why can an erection be weak?

The likelihood of erectile dysfunction increases with age. That is, the older the man, the more often problems with erection may occur. However, age itself is not the reason for a weak erection. But accumulated conditions and diseases can cause erectile dysfunction. For example, atherosclerosis.

Most men have problems with erection from time to time. Isolated cases should not cause concern. Sometimes it’s enough to have a good rest to recover. But some men suffer from permanent erectile dysfunction (ED). This means that it is difficult for them to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse.

The connection of a weak erection with testosterone

Men often ask about the treatment of a weak erection with testosterone. Indeed, a decrease in testosterone levels and the development of erectile dysfunction may occur at the same time, but this does not mean that one becomes the cause of the other.

Weak erection

Testosterone is a male sex hormone. But its effect on the mechanism of erection has not been fully studied. A critical drop in testosterone levels and the hormonal imbalance that occurs against this background can cause, among other things, the loss of an erection, but this is not the only symptom of such a condition. Studies show that many men who have an age-related decrease in testosterone do not experience erection problems.

Therefore, if there are no other signs and symptoms of low testosterone, then testosterone treatment is not used and other causes of ED are being considered.

Causes of weak erection

Here are the conditions and diseases that can lead to erectile dysfunction:

  • Atherosclerosis (blockage of blood vessels);
  • Type 2 diabetes;
  • Heart disease;
  • Obesity;
  • Benign enlargement of the prostate gland;
  • Hyperlipidemia (high levels of lipids or cholesterol);
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure);
  • Chronic kidney disease;
  • Liver diseases;
  • Parkinson’s disease;
  • Sleep disorders;
  • Low testosterone levels;
  • Injury to the penis, prostate or spinal cord;
  • Multiple sclerosis;
  • Peyronie’s disease (formation of scar tissue under the skin of the penis);
  • Prostate cancer;
  • Radiation therapy;
  • Removal of the prostate gland;
  • Surgery for bladder cancer;

Some medications can also cause erectile dysfunction as a side effect. Therefore, carefully read the section “Side effect” in the instructions for the use of medicines. And if there is erectile dysfunction and decreased libido on the list, tell your doctor who prescribed the medicine about your condition. Sometimes you can choose an alternative. If the medicine cannot be replaced or canceled, then it is worth considering other methods of combating erectile dysfunction.

How to treat?

Erectile dysfunction is treated by a urologist or andrologist. At the consultation, the doctor asks questions that are aimed at clarifying the nature and causes of erection problems. He will examine the penis and testicles to exclude or confirm visible injuries and check the nerves of the penis for sensitivity.

Treatment directly depends on the causes. Each treatment is associated with certain risks and benefits that the doctor will explain.

Various treatment options include:

Medications (pills). Medications that cause a strong erection successfully treat erectile dysfunction in most men. These drugs cause blood flow to the penis. Examples of drugs for weak erection:

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