What is an Erection? How does it work?

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Did you ever wonder what are erections? Why are you getting them or why aren’t you getting them? Let’s dig deep into erections.

What is an Erection?

Basically, a man gets erected due to the increase in the flow of blood to the penis due to the sexual arousal or stimuli. Medically speaking

When you are sexually aroused, your brain will be stimulated and releases a chemical known as nitric oxide, which is known to dilate blood vessels.

Nitric oxide triggers the action of guanylate cyclase, an enzyme that helps activate an erection. It works by promoting the release of a body chemical called cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). This helps the incoming blood vessels to widen as much as they can allowing maximum blood flow through them by relaxing the muscles.

 With the flow of blood, the spongy tissue presses up against the veins in the outside walls of the corpora cavernosa, compressing them and stopping the blood from flowing back out of the penis. With more blood flowing in and less flowing out, the penis becomes erect.

What about after the erection?

The body produces an enzyme known as phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5). After a signal, such as an orgasm or interruption, PDE5 breaks down the erection-causing body chemical cGMP, and blood is redirected back out of the penis and into the rest of the body. The PDE5 plays a key role in maintaining your erections. This makes your penis to come back to the normal state.

Why aren’t you getting Erected or maintaining Erections?

There are many reasons why you aren’t getting erections or maintaining them. It may be due to stress, alcohol, erectile dysfunction, or erectile tissue is damaged. In most cases, it would be due to erectile dysfunction. Erectile Dysfunction(ED) is one of the common sexual problems in men. The important symptom of Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to achieve Erection. it can be cured with proper medication and doctor consulting.

Many men are reluctant to discuss erectile dysfunction with their doctors. But don’t let embarrassment keep you from getting help. Just taking this step will get them on their way to recover not only their sex life but their relationship as well. They need not worry about their privacy as clinics like “The ED Clinic”  take full care to make sure all privacy details are just that- Private.