Por otro lado, en la actualidad existen varios test que ayudan a esteblecer el diagnóstico de disfunción eréctil. Los especialistas suelen utilizar principalmente dos: el IIEF (Índice Internacional de la Función Eréctil) o SHIM (Índice de salud sexual para el varón), variante reducida del IIEF que consta de 5 preguntas y presenta unas elevadas sensibilidad y especificidad. Una puntuación menor o igual a 21 demuestra signos de disfunción eréctil. 

Penile erection is managed by two mechanisms: the reflex erection, which is achieved by directly touching the penile shaft, and the psychogenic erection, which is achieved by erotic or emotional stimuli. The former uses the peripheral nerves and the lower parts of the spinal cord, whereas the latter uses the limbic system of the brain. In both cases, an intact neural system is required for a successful and complete erection. Stimulation of the penile shaft by the nervous system leads to the secretion of nitric oxide (NO), which causes the relaxation of smooth muscles of corpora cavernosa (the main erectile tissue of penis), and subsequently penile erection. Additionally, adequate levels of testosterone (produced by the testes) and an intact pituitary gland are required for the development of a healthy erectile system. As can be understood from the mechanisms of a normal erection, impotence may develop due to hormonal deficiency, disorders of the neural system, lack of adequate penile blood supply or psychological problems.[17] Spinal cord injury causes sexual dysfunction including ED. Restriction of blood flow can arise from impaired endothelial function due to the usual causes associated with coronary artery disease, but can also be caused by prolonged exposure to bright light.
La erección se define como un mecanismo vascular y nervioso en el que intervienen factores hormonales. Los encargados de la erección son los cuerpos cavernosos del pene que son los responsables de llevar la sangre al mismo. Las causas que van a provocar problemas para que la erección tenga lugar se dividen en orgánicas, lo que sucede en el 90% de los casos, y psíquicas o nerviosas, en el restante 10%.
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