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In the 1990s, the issues surrounding Erectile dysfunction (ED) and its effects on men and their sexual partners became a mainstream topic. Since treatments are now more accessible than ever, men are coming forward to get the help they need. Primary healthcare providers are providing the assistance men need to achieve healthy sex lives. Research has shown that 20% of sexually active men are affected by some measure of erectile dysfunction.
The likelihood of a man suffering from ED increases significantly with age. However, statistics have indicated in recent times that more and more younger men have trouble achieving and sustaining an erection.
Erectile Dysfunction Triggers
What are the Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is a condition that can be triggered by a multitude of factors including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hormonal imbalance (low testosterone particularly)
- Peyronie’s disease (curved penis)
- Prostate inflammation
- Neurological conditions
- Psychological issues (anxiety, depression, etc.)
- Venous leak (cavernosal inadequacy)
- Medication side effects
Erectile dysfunction is not life-threatening but it can be the first indicator of an underlying medical issue like diabetes or heart disease. Additionally, it can affect a man’s relationships, overall well-being, and quality of life.
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options
Medication and Therapy alternatives for Erectile Dysfunction
If you suspect that you have Erectile Dysfunction, you might want to speak to your doctor for different treatment options.
There are numerous effective and safe treatments for Erectile Dysfunction available now. However, what will definitely inform the treatment that is eventually used is your age, underlying sources, and any comorbidities that you may have.
Successful treatments for Erectile Dysfunction include:
There are times when simple lifestyle adjustments can make a difference. Quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, and losing weight can all improve the symptoms associated with Erectile Dysfunction. If your ED is being caused by your medication you may be able to reduce your dosage or your doctor may suggest an alternative drug.
Erectile dysfunction can be brought on by anxiety, stress, and depression. It can often be a combination of both physical and psychological disorders. What is going on at work, with your family and partner can all affect your ability to get an erection. We recommend you speak to a licensed therapist for coping mechanisms to deal with sexual anxiety. Your therapist can also help you get your confidence back and help improve your relationship.
PDE5 inhibitors are the most widely used medication available for Erectile Dysfunction. These types of medications increase the blood flow to the penis and 80% of patients experience relief. This medication may cause side effects that include, nasal congestion, headaches, moderate muscle pain, and a flushed feeling.
It is important to note that if you have heart disease and are currently on nitrates, you will be unable to take PDE5 inhibitors simultaneously. The combination may cause a substantial drop in your blood pressure. Always let your doctor know what medications you on, which includes herbal supplements and OTC drugs.
This measure involves patients administering a pre-filled pen into the penile tissue to get an erection quickly. The main advantage of this treatment is that there are fewer systemic side effects since it is injected right into the penis. Injections can achieve an erection within minutes of being administered and can last about one hour. If this treatment is right for you, your doctor will advise accordingly. You will also be instructed on the self-injection technique. It may seem a bit scary at first, but patients quickly get used to self-administration and find injectable highly effective.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a relatively new way to treat Erectile Dysfunction. It involves low-intensity shock waves directly into the penis to encourage the growth of new blood vessels to replace damaged ones. It is painless and has proven to be a safe and effective way to treat vasculogenic Erectile Dysfunction (diabetics and hypertensives usually suffer from this type of blood vessel problem).
While the above medications treat erectile dysfunction symptoms, ESWT aspires to restore natural, spontaneous erections. Some patients who suffer from Peyronie’s disease have also reported that it breaks up the scar tissue that causes abnormal penile curvature.
It is important to note that ESWT is not effective for every kind of Erectile Dysfunction. Be sure to consult your doctor to see if this treatment is right for you.
Vacuum pumps also known as penile pumps are devices that utilize suction to increase penile blood flow. They can also be used as a form of erectile rehabilitation therapy after prostate surgery. Your doctor will give you a daily usage schedule designed to improve blood flow to your penis. This treatment plan may take a few months before improvement is observed. If little success is achieved with the methods listed above, your doctor may suggest surgery.
This procedure usually involves a penile prosthesis (implant) being inserted. The implant can either be operated using an inflatable pump or it may be of the bendable variety.
These surgeries are performed under general anesthesia. However, you should be aware that complications like infection and breakage can occur.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it is possible to get ED as a young person since its cause can be physical and psychological.
Possible psychological causes of Erectile Dysfunction are sexual boredom, stress, depression, and relationship conflicts.
Physical triggers include spinal cord injury, prescribed drugs, atherosclerosis, diabetes, prostate gland surgery, and excessive drinking.
Yes, ED oral medications are effective when used to treat premature ejaculation.
ED medications are not addictive, however, people who abuse them may become psychologically dependent. The abuse of ED medications can also call physical side effects like headaches, vision issues, nasal congestion, and digestive complications.
There are some lifestyle changes that you can make to decrease your risk.
Firstly, if you are a smoker, we recommend that you quit. You should also try to maintain a healthy weight since Erectile Dysfunction can be exacerbated by obesity. Increase your physical activity if you can. Exercise can benefit you in two ways. It can minimize your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and increase blood flow to the penis.
If you are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, we suggest you seek treatment.
It is important that you are comfortable in your relationship. If you are having issues, we courage to work through them for a happier, healthier you.