Erectile dysfunction is a common sexual problem faced by men. It refers to the inability to attain or maintain an erection. It can occur at any age but is more...Read More
Causes And Treatments To Reverse Erectile Dysfunction | Reverse ED Fast
Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It’s a common condition, affecting around 18 million men in the United States alone. While erectile dysfunction can occur at any age, it’s most common in men older than 75. ED is treatable at any age, and awareness of this fact has been growing. As a result, more men of all ages are seeking help and returning to normal sexual activity because of improved, successful treatments for erectile dysfunction.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
There are many possible causes of erectile dysfunction, both physical and psychological. These include:
- Heart disease
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Metabolic syndrome — a condition involving increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Peyronie’s disease — development of scar tissue inside the penis
- Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
- Sleep disorders
- Treatment for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
- Relationship problems
Erectile dysfunction can also be a side effect of some medications, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, and blood pressure medications.
How is erectile dysfunction treated?
The goal of treatment is to resolve the underlying cause of erectile dysfunction. In some cases, this may involve addressing psychological issues or relationship problems. In others, medications or other direct treatments may be needed.
Medications — Drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction include pills, injections and implants.
- Oral medications. These include:
- Sildenafil (Viagra). This drug works by relaxing blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the penis during sexual arousal.
- Tadalafil (Cialis). This drug also relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow. It can be used once daily, starting at a low dose (2.5 mg to 5 mg), and may be increased to a maximum dose of 20 mg.
- Vardenafil (Levitra). This drug also relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow. It can be used once daily, starting at a low dose (2.5 mg to 5 mg), and may be increased to a maximum dose of 20 mg.
Injections and implants. These treatments involve injecting medication into the penis or inserting a pellet of alprostadil into the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body).
Vacuum devices. A vacuum device (vacuum constriction device) is a hollow tube with a hand-powered or battery-powered pump. The tube is placed over the penis, then a vacuum is created in the tube, drawing blood into the penis. Once the penis is erect, with the help of a lubricant, it is then inserted into the woman’s vagina.