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Male Erection: Penis Erection Problems

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A male erection appears so easy and natural.

However, a male erection is a rather intricate process that works in coordination with psychological, neurological and cardiovascular systems. The penis becomes erect only after a series of events. First, arousal, the nerves are stimulated. This can happen in a variety of ways either visual, mental or physical. When arousal occurs, the brain coordinates the following series of events:

Nerve impulses transverse the length of the spinal cord to the pudendal nerve and on to the penis. Smooth muscle within the walls of the penile arteries respond by relaxing. Subsequently, the penile arteries dilate allowing up to eight times more blood to flow into the corpora cavernosum, (two parallel cylinders that transverse the length of the penis). The cavernosum become engorged with blood expanding and lengthening the penis. This is when a male erection is achieved. The expanding tissue then exerts a positive pressure compressing the veins that normally empty the blood from the penis, maintaining the blood in the penile tissue. This maintains the male erection. When ejaculation occurs or when arousal is discontinued the penis returns to its non-erect state and the erection is lost.

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There are many things that can impact whether you'll get that next erection or not. Here we'll take a look at three of the main sexual problems men face in that area - - impotency, inability to have a climax, and performance anxiety. I should add a fourth, embarrassment over having a sexual problem at all.

How to handle that? If your woman gives you the third degree for your erectile dysfunction, play reverse psychology and ask her, "Why can't you get it up for me?". Now the roles are switched and she'll understand how it feels to have her self-esteem shattered and will regret saying what she did.

There are also a significant number of men who have no interest in sex and on the other end of the spectrum, we have sex addicts.

And before you go off this page, I want to encourage you to go to the table of contents before you leave this area. There are lots of information-packed pages and I wouldn't want you to miss any.

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