Suffer from Erectile Dysfunction?

hemant.kumar@activdoctors.in

 

Suffer from Erectile Dysfunction?

 

What is erectile dysfunction?

 

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common male sexual dysfunction. When a person regularly faces difficulty in getting or maintaining a firm enough erection to have sexual intercourse, it is termed as erectile dysfunction. It is not uncommon to have erectile dysfunction occasionally, due to stress or emotional and relationship difficulties. However, frequent ED may indicate health problems which require treatment.

 

 

Erectile Dysfunction or ED may be due to various causes, viz.  Psychological, Neurological, Vascular, Endocrine-related, Drugs, Smoking etc.

 

 

If you have problem in sustaining an erection, read the table below and score yourself, to help you better understand your condition and what to do next ?

 

 

 ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION SCORING TABLE

 

Over the past 6 months
1. Are you confident that you can sustain an erection ?Very low

1

Low

2

Moderate

3

High

4

Very high

5

2. If sexually stimulated, how many times were your erections strong enough for penetration?Never

1

A few times, less than half the times

2

About half the times

3

Most times

4

Almost always

5

3.During intercourse how often were you able to maintain erection after penetration?Never

1

Much less than half the times

2

 

About half the times

3

Most times

4

Almost always

5

4.How difficult was it to complete intercourse with full erection?Extremely difficult

1

Very difficult

2

Difficult

3

Slightly difficult

4

Not difficult

5

5. When attempted intercourse, how often was it satisfactory ?Never

1

Less than half the time

2

 

About half the time

3

More than half the time

4

Always

5

 

Scoring

05-07 Severe ED

08-11 Moderate ED

12-16 Mild to Moderate ED

17-21 Mild ED

22-25 No ED

 

 

If your score is between 17 – 21 or less, it is recommended to consult a Doctor for further management and advice on the next steps to be taken.

 

 

Erectile dysfunction is a treatable condition. The treatment depends on the underlying cause for the condition. The treatment options for ED ranges from professional counselling to lifestyle changes, along with medications and surgery. For ED, it is always advised to talk to the doctor. A doctor can help identify the causes and give the most suitable treatment option.

 

 

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