Erectile dysfunction means a man is unable to maintain an erect enough penis for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Many men suffer from Erection Problems in New Zealand, whether it is a weak erection, total erectile dysfunction, soft penis during sex, or caused by an illness like Peyronie's Disease (curved or bent penis). There is Erectile Dysfunction Treatment available in New Zealand, and Essential Mens Clinic in Auckland, New Zealand specialises in Erection problems, Erectile Dysfunction Treatment and help with losing erections or weak penis'.
Many men have erection problems at times, and the likelihood increases with age, lifestyle and stress.
How does an erection happen?
Getting an erection is a complicated process. The veins that allow blood to enter and leave your penis are only so wide. During an erection, the blood vessels that let blood into your penis relax and widen (dilate). This lets more blood in which causes the sponge-like tissues of your penis to swell and harden.
Your thoughts and senses (touch, hearing, smell and sight) influence a part of your brain that can trigger an erection.
In addition, hormones and other substances determine how your nerves transmit ‘sexual signals’ and how blood vessels respond to the received signals. Arousing thoughts or nervous mechanisms such as touch reflexes are two ways you can get an erection.
What causes an erection to fail?Erectile dysfunction occurs when sexual stimulation or arousal does not result in enough blood flow to your penis, even though you may still have the urge. For most men there is a physical or medical reason for this. For others the problem is related to thoughts or emotions.
Even when there is an initial physical reason, when this has passed you may still feel anxious about having sex and this can add to the problem.
Alcohol, smoking and recreational drugsSmoking, drinking alcohol and the use of recreational drugs such as narcotics, stimulants and hallucinogens also affect sexual function. Chemicals from smoking can interfere with blood flow to your penis and can damage the lining of blood vessels or lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). It can also affect the smooth muscle tissue that needs to relax to allow blood to flow in. Short-term use of alcohol affects sexual desire and reduces performance, and delays orgasm and ejaculation.
Dr Mark Morunga