Blood flow is the most important aspect of getting and maintaining an erection. For this reason, poor circulation can cause erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction may also be a result of other health issues, emotional problems, or both.
When a man is sexually aroused, nerves will release chemicals that will increase the flow of blood to the penis. The blood will flow into two chambers that are located in the penis. These chambers are made of spongy muscle tissues. This spongy muscle tissue is referred to as the corpus cavernosum. When a man gets an erection, the corpus cavernosum will relax and then trap the blood inside. The pressure of the blood inside of the chambers will cause the penis to become firm. This is what causes the penis to become hard.
When a man orgasms, another set of nerves will create a signal. When this signal reaches the penis it causes the muscular tissues of the penis to begin to contract. The blood is then released back into circulation. At this time the erection will go down.
When a man is not sexually aroused his penis is going to feel soft and limp. A man may notice the size of his penis varies based on cold, warmth, and even worry. This is quite normal as it reflects the amount of blood that is coming and going through the penis.
Risk Factors for Erectile Dysfunction
There are several known risk factors for developing erectile dysfunction. Many of these risk factors also cause restricted blood flow throughout the body, causing poor circulation that in turn can cause erectile dysfunction. Some of the common risk factors associated with erectile dysfunction include:
- Age (men over the age of 50 are more likely to develop ED)
- High blood sugar
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Alcohol consumption
- Use of illegal drugs
- Sedentary lifestyle
Erectile dysfunction is more common in men as they get older, however, aging does not always cause a man to develop the condition. Often, erectile dysfunction is the sign that something more serious going on in the body. Given this, it is important that men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction discuss their issue with a GAINSWave® treatment provider.
When Erectile Dysfunction Occurs
Erectile dysfunction occurs when blood flow to the penis is restricted. Health issues such as heart disease, hardened arteries, and diabetes may all cause a lack of blood flow to the penis. Men who smoke are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction since smoking can decrease blood flow throughout the body.
If the penis cannot trap any blood into the spongy tissues located in the erection chambers, they will be unable to achieve an erection. If the blood gets trapped in the penis but cannot stay there, a man will lose his erection. Poor circulation and poor blood flow are both common among men who suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction
In the majority of men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, the cause is likely poor circulation. Poor circulation may be caused by numerous different health issues. In order to diagnose erectile dysfunction, your medical professional will begin by asking you questions about your vascular and heart health along with your erection issues. Your doctor may also perform a physical examination or may refer you to a urologist for lab tests.
When suffering from erectile dysfunction it is important to answer all questions from your health care provider with honesty. Your doctor will likely ask you questions about your current health, prescription medications and over the counter medications you might be taking, your smoking habits, and your alcohol consumption. From this information, your doctor will learn more about what may be causing your erection issues.
When it comes to erectile dysfunction, blood circulation is extremely important. There are some lifestyle changes that may help improve the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. If you are overweight, dieting and losing weight may help with your erection issues. Men who smoke should quit as soon as possible.
There are also treatments available that can help to improve circulation. GAINSWave® is a form of erectile dysfunction treatment that uses low-intensity sound waves in order to improve the flow of blood to the penis. Visit our directory to find a provider and learn how we can help.