What is erectile dysfunction, and how do you treat it?
The most frequent sex problem that men report to their doctor is erectile dysfunction, or ED. It affects up to 30 million males.
ED is characterised as difficulty obtaining or maintaining a hard enough erection for intercourse.
Though it is not uncommon for a guy to experience erection issues from time to time, ED that is progressing or occurs on a regular basis with sex is not normal and should be treated.
ED can occur:
- When blood flow in the penis is restricted or nerves are damaged, this occurs most frequently.
- Because of stress or emotional causes
- As an early warning sign of a more serious condition, such as atherosclerosis (hardening or clogged arteries), heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes-related high blood sugar.
Finding the cause(s) of your ED will help you treat it and improve your overall health. What’s healthy for your heart health is usually good for your sex health.
It is difficult to obtain or maintain a firm enough erection for intercourse when you have Erectile Dysfunction (ED). When ED visits become a regular and inconvenient problem, your primary care provider or a Urologist can assist.
ED might be a primary indicator of cardiovascular illness, indicating that blockages are forming in a man’s vascular system. According to certain research, men with ED are at a higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or having circulation difficulties in their legs. ED is also responsible for:
- Self-esteem issues
- Distress for the guy and his companion
If ED is interfering with a man’s well-being or relationships, he should be addressed. Treatment seeks to restore or improve erectile function, improve circulatory health, and improve a man’s quality of life.
ED can be caused by either physical or mental difficulties, or by both. Some well-known risk factors include:
- Being above the age of 50
- Having high blood sugar levels (Diabetes)
- A high blood pressure
- Having a heart condition
- Having high cholesterol levels
- Tobacco use
- drug use, or excessive alcohol consumption
- Being overweight
- a lack of activity
Even while ED grows increasingly frequent as men age, it is not necessarily the result of ageing. Some guys are sexually active well into their 80s. ED might be an early warning indication of a more serious health issue. Finding and treating the underlying cause of ED is a critical first step.
Taking care of your heart and vascular health is the first step in treating ED. Your doctor may identify “risk factors” that can be modified or improved.
You may be urged to adjust your
- eating habits,
- stop smoking,
- boost your exercises, or refrain from using drugs or alcohol.
You may be offered alternatives to the medications you are now taking. (Never discontinue or modify prescription medications without first consulting with your doctor.)
Your doctor may also advise you to address emotional issues. These might be the result of interpersonal issues, life difficulties, despair, or anxiety related to previous ED problems (performance anxiety).
The following therapies are available to treat ED directly.
For many men, oral medicines are an effective erectile dysfunction therapy. They are as follows:
- The medication I’d suggest is Sildenafil Citrate (Viagra)
- Tadalafil (Adcirca, Cialis)
- Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)
- Avanafil (Stendra)
All four drugs improve the effects of nitric oxide, a natural substance produced by your body that relaxes penile muscles. This boosts blood flow, allowing you to get an erection in response to sexual stimulation.