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Types of erectile dysfunction and how to cure it

Types of erectile dysfunction and how to cure it

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Erectile dysfunction is a condition when a man is not able to achieve or maintain an erection for sexual intercourse. The problem generally is common with increasing age but is also found in young adults. It can be very frustrating and affects a man’s physical, mental and sexual health. 

Types of erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is of three types –

1. Psychogenic erectile dysfunction occurs due to personal or psychological factors

Common causes of psychogenic erectile dysfunction

  • Anxiety
  • Feeling guilty while engaging in sexual activity
  • Fear of not performing well
  • Problems in relationship
  • Chronic stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression or other mental health problems

If you are not caught with any disease, you are physically fit then your erection problem can be psychogenic. Psychogenic erectile dysfunction is a treatable condition.

Treatment for psychogenic erection

Treatment for psychogenic erection may not be as easy as taking pills to have an erection before sexual intercourse. These medicines do not address the mental health problems causing erection problems. 

  • Diagnosing mental health problems is the first step toward managing psychogenic erection. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is used for mental health problems such as depression, and anxiety. CBT is beneficial in changing the way you think and can also change your behavior that may cause erectile dysfunction. 
  • Sex therapy is counseling that can help you overcome erectile dysfunction by talking to the counselor. 
  • Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises can help you relieve stress and this may help overcome psychogenic erectile dysfunction. 
  • Open communication with your partner and being honest with your partner can relieve a lot of burdens to ease the problem of erectile dysfunction. 

2.Nocturnal erectile dysfunction

It occurs while the man is asleep and the erection lasts for 5-10 minutes. Nocturnal erection is normal and it is good for penile health. It becomes a problem if a nocturnal erection does not occur.

Cause of nocturnal erectile dysfunction 

The absence of a nocturnal erection causes erectile dysfunction. 

  • It may occur in diabetics or problems in blood vessels, nerves, or muscles that inhibit blood supply to the penis. 
  • It may also occur as a result of severe depression or sleep disorder. 
  • Nocturnal erectile dysfunction increases with advancing age. 


Nocturnal erectile dysfunction indicates health problems or sleep disorders. Treatment of the underlying cause is done to regain nocturnal erection. Treatment may include –

  • Eating healthy foods
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Take proper sleep
  • Take care of mental health

3. Neurological erectile dysfunction

Neurological erection or spontaneous erection occurs with touch or with a certain stimulus. When erection fails to occur with sexual activity or touch it is called neurological erectile dysfunction.

Causes of reflexogenic erectile dysfunction

A man may not achieve an erection with sexual stimulus due to following reasons –

  • Medication
  • Overweight or obesity
  • High blood sugar level causes nerve damage
  • Injury to the spinal cord
  • Smoking
  • Mental health problems
  • Too much alcohol consumption
  • Treatment of prostate cancer or bladder

Treatment of neurological erectile dysfunction

Treatment includes relaxation of penile muscles, and certain medications to improve nerve function and enhance blood supply. Erectile dysfunction due to major injury affecting the nerves is not easy to treat. 

  • Medicines – Certain medicines are used to increase blood flow in the penile tissues. 
  • Use of devices -When medicines are not effective, your healthcare provider may use vacuum constriction devices to draw blood in penis. 
  • Penile implants -This is the last treatment option for neurological erectile dysfunction. It is a surgical procedure that can help produce an erection.

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