Biologically, weak erection is called erectile dysfunction or impotence. It is a very common problem in males, which has negative effect on a person's self-confidence and sexual life. It is a phenomenon of being able to achieve an erection and not being able to enjoy it during the intercourse. The male genital organ gets a good supply of blood, but not enough for a satisfactory intercourse session. This ailment is most commonly observed in elder males as compared to younger ones. There can be two marked conditions of this ailment. These are -
The main cause of occurrence of weak erection during the intercourse is the inability of the arteries to receive the flow of blood from the heart and aorta. It is defined as an inability to sustain erection strong enough to continue the love making process satisfactorily. It is important that nerve impulse from the brain, spinal column around the shaft, fibrous tissue muscles and veins near the corpora must function effectively to maintain the erection. A large number of males across the globe suffer from this erectile disorder. It is not a severe for of disorder, but if it remains for more then two months, a specialist needs to be consulted.
Weak erection is a form of erectile dysfunction, which can occur due to both physiological as well as psychological factors. A person having erectile dysfunction due to physiological factors is unable to get erection throughout his life, where as a person having erectile dysfunction due to psychological factors will have erection, but is unable to sustain it for a longer duration of time.
The Process of Erection
Male organ is made up of spongy tissues. It consist of two chambers called as the corpus cavernosa. These two chambers are surrounded by another chamber called tunica albuginea. Erection process is greatly affected by brain. During the period of l stimulation, or arousal the corpus cavernosa relaxes. This in turn causes spongy tissues to expand, and get a rich flow of blood. As the result of this the organ expands, and erection is obtained. After the arousal phase is over, the organ again looses the rigidity and becomes flaccid. This is due to the fact that the inflow and outflow channels of the blood are cut off. The blood from corpus cavernosa is disgorged and the erection is lost. The erection can be attained as well as lost within a few seconds. In normal males, the erection is obtained and sustained throughout the intimacy, till the orgasm is achieved. It is also possible for a male with normal erectile functions to achieve multiple orgasm in a single love making session.
Causes of Weak Erection
The main cause for weak erection is the insufficient flow of blood to the penis. There are other causes responsible for weak erection, such as diabetes sustained for a long period of time which effects the nervous system, cardiovascular disorders, prostate cancer operations, side effects of using hard drugs, multiple sclerosis, hormonal disorder, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Increase in age also contributes greatly to the problem of weak erection, especially the age group of 45-60 years, suffer from erectile weakness, due to sexual activities in the early age. The main causes of weak erection are listed below -
Diabetes Mellitus is the most important cause of weak erection in males. It can be seen in 35-50% of males suffering from diabetes.
Health problems like certain neurological disorders, cardiovascular disorders, along with diabetes can cause 70% of the total weak erection problems across the globe.
Addictions like alcoholism, drug addiction, and smoking causes great deal of effect on the central nervous system, which does not allow free flow of impulse from the brain to the male organ.
Weak erection is also caused due to intake of therapeutic drugs that effects the nervous system. Some drugs which have marked effect on the central nervous system are antihistamines, tranquilizers, anti-depressants etc.
Any kind of surgery in the groin area makes the nerve endings in that region numb, which blocks the impulse reaching the male organ. Prostate cancer surgery and bladder removal surgery are responsible for this kind of effect.
Another important cause for weak erection is the nervousness before sex. Men who are nervous, are incapable of getting proper erection of their organ.
Age plays a significant role in weak erection. With the increase in age, mostly beyond 40 years, the hardness of penis during erection decreases significantly. By the age of 60 years, most men do not get erection at all.
Hormonal imbalance also causes erectile dysfunction. The deficiency of male hormone, testosterone, disables the man from getting sufficient erection.
Diagnosis of Weak Erection
A variety of laboratory tests listed below can determine if a person is suffering from erectile dysfunction or not. Some of these tests are listed below -
It is analyzed if the male organ becomes erect, or respond to touch. If it becomes erect then the problem of weak erection is due to nervousness during the love making process.
Patient need to monitored during sleep, especially during the rapid eye movement. Such males are likely to get erection during sleep.
A complete analysis of the medical history of the patient along with the medicines taken by him. This helps is identifying the drug that interferes with then erection process.
Treatment of Weak Erection
The problem of weak erection is symptomatically treated. Some common method of treatment are listed below -
Weak erection caused by the intake of drug, can be cured by inhibiting the intake of the drug or by intake of an alternative drug without any side effect.
Males failing to get erection during intercourse can be made to undergo a counselling session and taught the right way to handle the process.
Intake of certain vitalizers can help in solving this ailment to a greater extent. These include Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. But frequent use of stimulant during intercourse is responsible for 35% of erectlie weakness during the intercourse.
Surgeries can rarely cure erection problem, but it is recommended when necessary. Oral administration of testosterone also helps in curing weak erection, but it may also cause liver damage