Easy Self Evaluation Techniques for Erectile Dysfunction
The ability to masturbate successfully, with a full erection, constitutes a test for chronic impotence that can be easily performed at home. When attempted, there are several possible outcomes:
- There is an absence of both erection and ejaculation.
- Ejaculation takes place in the absence of an erection
- Both full erection and ejaculation take place
- Full erection is achieved, but ejaculation does not take place.
When masturbation performed under suitable conditions, consistently results in neither erection nor ejaculation, chronic impotence of a physical nature is strongly indicated. In western culture, however, a strong religious and social taboo has historically existed against masturbation. As a consequence, it is possible that some individual who cannot obtain an erection from self-stimulation, or has no recollection of ever having an erection, is well-advised to seek professional help.
There’s a number
of unique self-evaluation techniques
you can perform
in the privacy of your own home
to evaluate your condition and determine
if you might be facing impotency.
It is quite possible for a man to masturbate to ejaculation despite the absence of an erection, or to ejaculate with an erection of insufficient firmness for vaginal penetration. Chronic impotence is most likely present in such individuals, and professional help should be sought. Because the ability to ejaculate successfully suggests the absence of a psychological barrier against masturbation, it’s quite likely that the impotence has physical causes.
When a man who has been experiencing impotence symptoms during sexual intercourse is able to masturbate successfully to ejaculation with a full erection, psychological impotence is a definite possibility. It is possible, however, that the condition has a physical origin. For example, the problem may again be the steal syndrome: the limited physical activities associated with masturbation are not sufficient to result in loss of erection, in contrast with the increased sexual activity that occurs during regular intercourse and that result s in loss of erection. Regardless of the origin of the problem, professional attention is definitely indicated for men who can successfully masturbate and ejaculate with full erection, but consistently prove impotent during sexual relations with a partner.
The final masturbation possibility, erection without ejaculation, indicates the dysfunction known as ejaculatory failure. An individual who can achieve erection through masturbation, but cannot ejaculate, is usually capable of vaginal penetration.
Postage Stamp Test
I can find out if I’m suffering from ED with some postage stamps? Hey – its actually a fairly accurate test to find out if your symptoms are mental or physiological.
Nocturnal erections occur in period known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, in intervals typically 5 to 30 minutes long, during which dreams usually occur. While in the REM state, it is highly unlikely that psychological factors can prevent erections in a man physically capable of having an erection.
In the professional investigation of impotence, an electronic monitoring instrument is sometimes used to determine the incidence of nocturnal erections. During the test, a sensor is attached to the penis to monitor and record changes in penis size.
It is possible to obtain a reasonable approximation of the test with only a roll of perforated U.S. postage stamps.
For economy, use of one-cent stamps is suggested. Prior to retiring for the evening, simply encircle the soft penis with a sufficient number of stamps to form a ring. Moisten the back of one of the end stamps. Overlap the face of the stamp at the other end of the ring and hold the ring in place long enough to stick.
Immediately after awakening the next morning, examine the stamps. If the ring is broken at any one of the perforations, it means that at least one erection did occur during the night. (The postage stamp test, of course, will not reveal whether there has been more than one erection, as can be done with the more complicated medical device. It also will not reveal whether or not the erect penis would have had sufficient rigidity to permit vaginal penetration or whether the erection would have been of sufficient duration of successful intercourse.)
If the postage stamp test, however, reveals the absence of a nocturnal erection, there is very good indication of chronic impotence of a psychological or physical nature is still a possibility.
At-Home Simple Neurological Test
Three simple tests can be performed at home, by yourself or with a partner, which provide clues to the functioning of the neurological system of the penis and pelvic area. The first, known as the cremasteric reflex test, measures the adequacy of the neural connections to the pelvic area. To perform this test, lie on your back, then either you or your partner should make a light quick stroke with a blunt pointed object across several inches of the inner side of your upper thigh. The normal response is a quick upward movement of the testicle on the same side of the body where the stroke was made the lack of such movement on either side of the body indicates the possibility of a neurological problem in the spinal column or brain. Professional investigation is recommended both for the treatment of impotence as well as for general health.
As all healthy men living outside the tropics know, the scrotum will tighten up and draw upward into the body when exposed to low temperature conditions. This response is part of the normal mechanism used to maintain seminal fluid at the proper temperature for reproductive purposes. In the ice-cube test, an ice cube or some other very cold object is placed momentarily on the scrotum. The normal response should be a rapid, easily observed contraction. Lack of this response indicates a neurological problem warranting professional investigation.
The final test is for the more adventurous, but actually it can be performed easily. The bulbocavernosus (BC) reflex test involves the insertion of a finger in the anus and the simultaneous quick squeezing of the tip of the penis. If the neurological system is functioning properly, a quick contraction in the rectal area should be felt.
Simple Vascular Tests
While we can provide a detailed analysis of your vascular health through ultrasound imagery, you can get a decent handle on what the problems might or might not be with several simple home tests or observations can be made that provide clues to the possible existence of vascular or blood flow problems possibly related to impotence. The results of these test or observations are by themselves not conclusive, but they may indicate an overall pattern.
The first is a simple walking test. To perform this test merely walk a distance of at least one mile at a fairly fast pace. While overexertion should be avoided, the pace and distance should be both faster and somewhat longer than usual. Of course, caution is advised for individuals with known cardiovascular problems. If a fairly piercing pain is noted in either or both calves, evidence exists of an oxygen insufficiency and impaired blood flow to the lower portion of the body. While the walking test does not directly indicate impaired blood flow to the penis it is a good indication of the possibility. Should you experience significant pain wen performing the walking test, it would be a good idea to bring this to the attention of your physician, in view of its general implications as to your cardiovascular health.
Examination of the genital area may also yield significant evidence of possible vascular problems. When the penis is found to be consistently cold, even when exposed to warm temperatures, there is a possibility of vascular insufficiency. In men with light-colored skin, the penis may take on a distinct blue color when blood flow is impaired. The effect is not as easy to detect with dark-skinned men, but a definite difference in appearance may be noted.
A final observation concerns the presence of firm, hard areas in the penis. Such areas are typically found along both sides of the penis, in the general area where the penis is attached to the body. It is not uncommon to encounter patients at the urologist’s office who have noticed hard areas of the penis and are fearful of cancer. Such hard areas, however, usually result from the calcification of the corporal bodies (blood-carrying bodies) in the penis due to the gradual accumulation of plaque. The resulting restriction in blood flow can cause erection difficulties.
While examining your genital area for indications of vascular problems, it would be a good idea to take a moment and feel through your scrotum for any possible abnormality such as a lump or a testicle that seems larger than usual. Doing so might just provide early warning of testicular cancer.