Erectile Dysfunction

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What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction (‘ED’) is the frequent or consistent inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.

It is a common concern for over 50% of men aged 40-70, and even more men are affected by transient erectile dysfunction.

While most men occasionally fail to get an erection, or lose one prematurely during sexual activity, this isn’t necessarily a cause for concern.

However, if achieving and sustaining an erection is an ongoing issue, it can cause stress, affect self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. It can also be a sign of a serious underlying health condition, such as heart disease.

The good news is that ED is a very treatable condition, with many men able to experience positive results with treatment.

At the Coregood Institute we can offer a full range of non-surgical treatment options, and tailor a treatment plan to suit your particular situation and needs.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Circulatory problems are the number one cause of erectile dysfunction. Good blood flow is essential to erectile function – an erection occurs when the penis fills with blood. Increasing pressure compresses the vessels where blood leaves the penis which results in an erection.

Unfortunately, with age, the blood vessels that supply blood to the penis begin to close up and break down. When these blood vessels become clogged, much the same way as the build up of plaque in coronary arteries can lead to heart disease, the constricted blood vessels in the penis lead to Vascular Erectile Dysfunction.

As well as circulatory problems, there are a number of other factors that can cause Erectile Dysfunction, including illness or disease, nerve or musculoskeletal damage, psychological issues or the side effects of certain drugs and medications:

  • Illness and Disease: a number of medical conditions or diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, clots, atherosclerosis, Peyronie’s disease) can interfere with the nerves, arteries and circulatory system that are vital to achieving and sustaining an erection
  • Injury: damage to the pelvis, pelvic floor or spine (e.g. from surgery or accident) can damage the nerves and arteries that are required to gain and maintain an erection
  • Hormonal Disorders: a lack of testosterone, resulting from testicular failure, pituitary gland problems, or certain medications, can have a significant impact on healthy erectile function
  • Psychological Problems: psychological conditions (including depression, performance anxiety or sexual aversion) or situational problems (having problems only in certain situations or with certain people) can often have physical effects, including erectile dysfunction
  • Lifestyle: heavy alcohol use, smoking and/or drug taking can all limit blood flow and contribute to erectile dysfunction, or
  • Prescribed Medications: many prescribed medications can affect blood flow or suppress sexual urges, including antianxiety medications, anticancer medications, estrogens, beta blockers, antidepressants, narcotic pain relievers, high blood pressure medications, and sedatives
What Are the Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

What Are the Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

At a basic level, Erectile Dysfunction is an inability to gain or maintain an erection. However, there are a number of different situations that may trigger dysfunction, including:

  • Irregular function: some men may sometimes have erections, (e.g. when they wake up), but be unable to get an erection during sex with their partner – this may indicate more psychological issues
  • Sudden dysfunction (unexplained): some men may have enjoyed regular erections in the past, but suddenly begin to struggle to an erection – this may indicate a nerve, hormonal or circulatory problem, or be the effect of alcohol, drugs, or medicine
  • Sudden dysfunction (explained): this is when a man has suffered a particular medical event, accident or injury that causes erectile dysfunction – this will often be due to nerve or muscle damage, and
  • Gradual dysfunction: some men can still get erections, but find they’re not as hard or long lasting as before – this may indicate a circulatory problem is causing the dysfunction or there is a gradual weakening of the pelvic floor muscles that normally would act to occlude blood from leaving the penis during arousal.
The Pelvic Floor’s Role in Erection

The Pelvic Floor’s Role in Erection

The muscles of the pelvic floor are essential to healthy sexual function. Yet its role in sexual dysfunction is often underestimated or overlooked.

When pelvic floor muscles contract, they help compress the veins and tension the connective tissue of the penis in a way that impedes blood outflow. When weak, these muscles cannot effectively inhibit this outflow, resulting in partial or total flaccidity (Erectile Dysfunction).

That’s why maintaining good muscle tone and the ability to fully contract and relax these muscles improves sexual function and enhances the perception of pleasure.

Erectile Dysfunction Can Be Treated

It has been estimated that 50% of men over the age of 40 have frequent problems achieving or maintaining an erection.

Erectile Dysfunction Can Be Treated

The good news is that Erectile Dysfunction is a very treatable condition, with many men able to experience positive results with treatment. It’s not a normal part of ‘getting old’ and you don’t need to put up with it.

Sometimes, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse Erectile Dysfunction.

For instance, exercises that improve pelvic floor muscle function have proven to be very beneficial for Erectile Dysfunction. In fact, a study has found that improved pelvic floor muscle function can produce better results than the use of medications such as Viagra.

In other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed.

At the Coregood Institute we can offer a full range of non-surgical treatment options, and tailor a treatment plan to suit your particular situation and needs.

Alongside traditional pelvic physiotherapy treatment options and advice on improving pelvic floor function and penile tissue maintenance, we also offer patients treatment using a revolutionary solution specifically designed for men with Vascular Erectile Dysfunction or any man seeking clinically proven male enhancement.

Low Intensity Shockwave Therapy uses gentle acoustic shockwaves to promote increased blood flow to the penis by opening existing blood vessels, stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and eliminating micro-plaque.

We’re also the first clinic in New Zealand to offer the world’s most advanced and successful non-surgical technology for improving pelvic floor function and performance – the PelviCenter.

And we can also offer effective natural solutions and nutritional advice to treat and help you better manage your condition.