Erectile tissue in the human body is tissue that becomes hard when filled with blood. Erectile tissue in males can be found in the penis amongst other places such as the ears and nose, but the one area this article will focus on is the penis.
The penis consists of three segments that contain erectile tissue. The first two segments in the penis with erectile tissue are called the Corpus Cavernosa and third is called Spongiosum. The Corpus Cavernosa is aptly named for its for its cave like appearance. They provide the lining for the penis shaft and join at the head. The Corpus Spongiosum is named as it feels like a sponge.
The tissue in the penis works together to ensure that penis responds to arousal and is erect enough to engage in sexual activity, if this is so desired – sometimes it fills with blood and is aroused even when it’s not desired!
The chamber in the Corpus Cavernosa tissue fills with blood as the penis becomes erect which allows it to be physically inserted in the vagina. The Corpus Spongiosum remains malleable and sponge-like which allows the penis to ejaculate semen after reaching climax. When a man no longer can get or maintain an erection this ailment is called erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction can warrant cause for concern, not only in difficulties getting or maintaining an erection,but because the ailment may be an indicator of an underlying health issues that needs to be addressed.
Causes of erectile tissue dysfunction
Male stimulation and sexual arousal is a process that involves many different systems of the human body. It involves hormones, the brain, the circulatory system, muscles and blood vessels and erectile dysfunction may result because anyone or multiple aspects of this system are not functioning healthily. The mental impact of erectile dysfunction can exacerbate the problem, due to the negative physiological effects causing stress and depression.
There are many physical causes of erectile dysfunction that should be considered by your doctor when undergoing diagnosis. Lack of sleep can be a contributing factor and if you have ever been sleep deprived due to a busy schedule you’ll notice that you also lose your sex drive. This will have an affect your ability to get and maintain an erection.
Heart disease and other circulatory system-related illnesses will also affect your erection due to that lack of blood flow to the penis. Obesity is another contributing factor to erectile dysfunction. A recent study found that obese men had lower testosterone levels, which lowers your sex drive and ability to maintain an erection. The study also found that high blood pressure, a condition that correlates with obesity, is also linked with erectile dysfunction. Prescription medications such as anti-depressants and anti-psychotics which effect the brain’s serotonin inhibitors and cause erectile dysfunction.
There are many more diseases that may be affecting your performance in bed. The best thing to do is consult your doctor and explain your circumstances and your lifestyle so they can make an accurate diagnosis.
Erectile dysfunction can be an embarrassing disease and have negative effects on your physical and mental health. Erectile dysfunction can also suggest that you have an underlying health issue that needs to be addressed. If you think you have a problem maintaining an erection, you should consult your local physician to see what steps you can take to resolve the issue. It may be as simple as losing some weight, eating healthy, and exercising. Erectile dysfunction can be debilitating but doesn’t have to be as long as you’re willing to recognise you have the condition and seek help from your doctor who will get you back to your peak sexual performance.