Erectile dysfunction affects the lives million
men's and their
partners. The term erectile dysfunction covers a
range of disorders, including
- curvature of the penis
during erection (Peyronie's disease),
painful erection not associated with sexual desire (priapism)
- premature ejaculation. But usually it refers to
the inability to obtain an adequate erection for
satisfactory sexual activity.
Although erectile dysfunction is more common in
men older than 65, it can occur at any age. An
occasional episode of erectile dysfunction happens
to most men and is perfectly normal. In fact, in
most cases it's nothing to worry about. As men age,
it's also normal to experience changes in erectile
function. Erections may take longer to develop, may
not be as rigid or may require more direct
stimulation to be achieved. Men may also notice that
orgasms are less intense, the volume of ejaculate is
reduced and recovery time increases between
When erectile dysfunction proves to be a pattern
or a persistent problem, however, it can interfere
with a man's self-image as well as his sexual life.
It may also be a sign of a physical or emotional
problem that requires treatment.
Erectile dysfunction, formerly called
was once a taboo subject. But attitudes are
changing. More men are seeking help for the problem,
and doctors are gaining a better understanding of
what causes erectile dysfunction and are finding new
and better ways to treat it.
Program for Sexual Vitality - Nutrients for Specific Sexual Organs
While most species of Earth use the sexual act for procreation,
humankind may be the only one for which sex is a pleasure, sport, and
obsession. Along with money, hunger, and desire for power,
sex is a
primary motivating force. It is a basic instinctual urge that all humans
experience at some time, and the sexual/sensual component of a
relationship is often necessary to keep it strong and healthy.
Many changes have occurred in our sexual focus in the last quarter
century. It is no longer oriented just to erections, marathon sex, and
multiple partners, though that might be the interest for some. We now
have more responsibilities for our own and each other’s health. Safe
sex—not transmitting diseases or creating unprepared-for pregnancies—is
definitely both sensible and in vogue.
Condoms are back, birth control is important, and knowing your partner
is crucial to health. There have always been some built-in dangers with
sexual activity, from syphilis to gonorrhea to herpes and now AIDS. As
the dangers grow, often so do the mystique and adventure of sexuality.
Nowadays, people are more monogamous, attempting to focus on loving and
supporting one another, looking more for growth and learning and less
for control and dependency. Relationship vitality is important and often
secondary to sexual vitality; love that binds us must reach many levels,
emotional and spiritual as well as physical. Few relationships last over
the long term that are based on good sex alone, just as few endure
without a decent sexual relationship. Ultimately, love is the overriding
principle, and with love, physical sharing and enjoyment are manifest.
Stress and nutrition are important factors in sexual vitality. Stress,
particularly mental stress in the form of worry, overwork, and financial
concerns, can interfere with sexual energy and expression.
On the other hand, sexual problems themselves can be a source of anxiety
and unhappiness. Resolving relationship problems often requires some
psychological assistance. Guilt can be a big psychological block to
adequate sexual energy. In many situations, there has not been a clear
emotional separation from a parent or a previous loved one, and
subconscious feelings of incest or adultery may be undermining the
experience. Fears of certain fantasies becoming reality may also create
There are all kinds of potential sexual problems. In this section,
however, we concentrate more on supporting a healthy sexual function
rather than the wide range of sexual dysfunctions and infertility.
For normal function, we need both healthy organs and a balanced, working
endocrine system, producing the necessary hormones. Low pituitary
function may lead to decreased development of the sexual organs, early
menopause in women, and impotence in men. Weak adrenals may reduce the
desire and strength for sex and increase sensitivity to stress. Low
thyroid may cause a lack of desire or capacity for sex. In men, low
testicular function decreases sex drive and sperm production. In women,
low estrogen slows sexual maturity, decreases breast size, and retards
egg maturation. Estrogen-progesterone imbalance can create many
menstrual cycle variations and symptoms.
For a fulfilling sexual relationship, women particularly need to feel
love and to have energy without fatigue, a hormonal balance that allows
peaceful emotions, and some level of relaxation with a good sex drive.
Men need good circulation to create a penile erection, physical
vitality, and good hormone function. Lust often encourages more
This is most common early in a relationship, when fantasy and sensuality
arouse the sexual desires of both sexes. But for a longer run and repeat
performances, some other qualities must be present in the relationship.
A big obstacle to a longer-range satisfying sexual relationship is
boredom or complacency. Becoming used to each other, along with the
little day-to-day irritations or conflicts, can easily interfere with
the sexual energy of either or both partners, and soon, sex may be a
rare occurrence, decreasing in frequency from daily or weekly to monthly
or even less often. Bringing a feeling of freshness, fantasy, romance,
and new energy into the relationship and bedroom will often revive the
sex life. Creativity in a relationship is important.