Here is more help for Woof

Here is more help for Woof

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John Holmes

San Jose, CA

#1 Oct 10, 2013
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/erectile-dys...
Definition
By Mayo Clinic staff
Erectile dysfunction (impotence) occurs when a man can no longer get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Having erection trouble from time to time isn't necessarily a cause for concern. But if erectile dysfunction is an ongoing problem, it may cause stress, cause relationship problems or affect your self-confidence.

Even though it may seem awkward to talk with your doctor about erectile dysfunction, go in for an evaluation. Problems getting or keeping an erection can be a sign of a health condition that needs treatment, such as heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes. Treating an underlying problem may be enough to reverse your erectile dysfunction.

If treating an underlying condition doesn't help your erectile dysfunction, medications or other direct treatments may work.
John Holmes

San Jose, CA

#2 Oct 10, 2013
Symptoms
By Mayo Clinic staff
Erectile dysfunction symptoms may include persistent:

Trouble getting an erection
Trouble keeping an erection
Reduced sexual desire
When to see a doctor
A family doctor is a good place to start when you have erectile problems. See your doctor if:

Erectile or other sexual problems are an issue for you or your partner
You have diabetes, heart disease or another known health problem that may be linked to erectile dysfunction
You have other symptoms along with erectile dysfunction that may not seem related
John Holmes

San Jose, CA

#3 Oct 10, 2013
Causes
By Mayo Clinic staff
Male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction can result from a problem with any of these. Likewise, stress and mental health problems can cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. Sometimes a combination of physical and psychological issues causes erectile dysfunction. For instance, a minor physical problem that slows your sexual response may cause anxiety about maintaining an erection. The resulting anxiety can lead to or worsen erectile dysfunction.

Physical causes of erectile dysfunction
In most cases, erectile dysfunction is caused by something physical. Common causes include:

Heart disease
Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
High cholesterol
High blood pressure
Diabetes
Obesity
Metabolic syndrome, a condition involving increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol
Parkinson's disease
Multiple sclerosis
Low testosterone
Peyronie's disease, development of scar tissue inside the penis
Certain prescription medications
Tobacco use
Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction
The brain plays a key role in triggering the series of physical events that cause an erection, starting with feelings of sexual excitement. A number of things can interfere with sexual feelings and cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. These include:

Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
Stress
Relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns
John Holmes

San Jose, CA

#4 Oct 10, 2013
Risk factors
By Mayo Clinic staff
As you get older, erections may take longer to develop and may not be as firm. You may need more direct touch to your penis to get and keep an erection. This isn't a direct consequence of getting older. Usually it's a result of underlying health problems or taking medications, which is more common as men age.

A variety of risk factors can contribute to erectile dysfunction. They include:

Medical conditions, particularly diabetes or heart problems.
Using tobacco, which restricts blood flow to veins and arteries. Over time tobacco use can cause chronic health problems that lead to erectile dysfunction.
Being overweight, especially if you're very overweight (obese).
Certain medical treatments, such as prostate surgery or radiation treatment for cancer.
Injuries, particularly if they damage the nerves that control erections.
Medications, including antidepressants, antihistamines and medications to treat high blood pressure, pain or prostate cancer.
Psychological conditions, such as stress, anxiety or depression.
Drug and alcohol use, especially if you're a long-term drug user or heavy drinker.
Prolonged bicycling, which may compress nerves and affect blood flow to the penis, can lead to temporary erectile dysfunction.
John Holmes

San Jose, CA

#5 Oct 10, 2013
Hope this helps you with your problem WOOF

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