How does an erection occur and what happens when one has erectile dysfunction or impotence?
The penis has two corpora cavernosa which surround the urethra and run next to it. The urethra is the channel men use to urinate and ejaculate. The corpora cavernosa are filled with a spongy tissue that contain muscles, spaces, arteries, fibrous tissues, veins and are covered by a membrane called the tunica albuginea.
When there’s sexual stimulation, the brain sends impulses through local peripheral nerves to the muscles in the corpora cavernosa, causing these muscles to relax or dilate thus allowing for large amounts of blood to enter the corpora cavernosa.
This blood fills the open spaces and as these spaces are filled, blood creates pressure causing the penis to expand, and as it expands it causes the veins of the penis to compress which is why blood can’t return.
With more blood going in and very little coming out, the penis increases in size and hardness, thereby leading to an erection.
What happens when one has an erectile dysfunction or impotence?
This is the persistent and repetitive inability to get an erection that allows the man to maintain a satisfactory sexual intercourse.
Unfortunately, in most cases, due to myths about male sexuality, men don’t openly address the issue with their partner or consult a doctor, which is why they can’t benefit from the many treatments currently available, which offer solutions to this very serious problem.
Erectile dysfunction is a process that occurs gradually and slowly, therefore, the most important recommendation is to watch out for any changes you may notice in the quality of your erection and if you notice any differences, to act immediately to solve the problem in its initial stage. Talking to your partner and doctor will help you better understand the problem, allowing you to look for the most effective solution together, and feel supported by your partner. This in turn will help you have a more open and honest communication with your partner, which in turn will help you both enjoy a full and enjoyable sex life.