Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Erectile dysfunction and steroids

Erectile dysfunction, sometimes called impotence, affects 10% of the entire American male population. However, less than 5% with erectile dysfunction (ED) seek treatment. What is erectile dysfunction?  And what causes ED?

Penis erection
Blood flow in and out of the penis controls an erection.  During sexual arousal, a blood flow increases to two spongy, structures (corpus cavemosum) that lie parallel to the urethra, which carries urine and semen. 
Steroids are derivatives of the male hormone testosterone that are synthetic in nature. They are usually prescribed for muscled man using steroids muscle building, the enhancement of male performance, and to improve a man’s overall appearance. However, there are certain risks associated with using steroids. And these risks have to be seriously considered by anybody who thinks that this drug is the easiest solution to their aesthetic or medical condition.

For starters, high doses of steroids can affect the brain. It is for this reason that these drugs must be regulated and prescribed only by a qualified physician. Steroids affect the brain in such a way it can make a person feel euphoric, excessively happy, or even hyped-up. It can also cause sleep disturbances and serious psychiatric illness. It can also initiate very aggressive behaviours and psychosis. Paranoia and delusions are two of the most common side effects of steroids.

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