Maintaining good cardiovascular health, mental well-being and nerve function is key to preventing erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a leading urology expert.
In an interview on Asaase Radio yesterday, Dr. Samuel Anamanah, a Consultant Urologist and Executive Director of Sexual Health Foundation, explained that ED occurs when there is a breakdown in communication between the heart, mind and nerves.
He defined ED as "the inability to attain and maintain an erection" - a condition that can be caused by disruptions to the sympathetic nervous system which controls arousal.
Dr. Anamanah stressed the importance of the link between physical and mental health, noting it is the only way proper erection can be achieved and maintained.
"The heart, mind, and nerves must be in good connection to have a good erection; any distraction from these three could result in erectile dysfunction,” he said.
According to research, conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and mental health issues like anxiety or depression have all been shown to negatively impact erectile function.
While medication and lifestyle changes may help manage physical risk factors, experts mostly advise addressing emotional and relationship problems that could be contributing to issues in the bedroom.