Erectile dysfunction treatment Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that affects men of all ages. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including physical and psychological problems....Read More
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the inability to get or keep an erection that’s firm enough to have sexual intercourse. Although it’s not rare for a man to have some problems with erections from time to time, ED that’s persistent or occurs frequently with sex is not normal, and it can be frustrating. Men with ED often have a reduced interest in sex.
There are a number of potential causes of ED, including:
- psychological problems, such as anxiety or depression
- physical problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease
- injuries or surgeries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
- certain medications
- substance abuse
In many cases, ED is caused by a combination of psychological and physical factors. Treating ED often starts with making lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, and exercising regularly. If these changes don’t help, men can try medication, counseling, or surgery.
Oral medications are a successful ED treatment for many men. These drugs, known as phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors, include sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn), tadalafil (Cialis), and avanafil (Stendra).
PDE5 inhibitors work by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the penis. This increases blood flow and allows you to get and maintain an erection. These drugs are generally safe and well tolerated. But they may cause serious side effects in some men. These include:
- heart attack
- irregular heartbeat
- sudden death
- low blood pressure
- vision problems
- ringing in the ears
- priapism (a painful erection lasting longer than four hours)
If you experience any of these side effects, stop taking the drug and call your doctor right away.
If your ED is caused by psychological problems such as anxiety or depression, counseling can be an effective treatment. A therapist can teach you new ways to deal with your stress and anxiety so that you can have a healthier sexual relationship.
If your relationship is having problems, counseling can help you and your partner communicate better and resolve your differences. This can improve your sexual relationship and reduce your stress.
A vacuum device is a pump placed over the penis that draws blood into the penis, making it erect. The device is then removed and a rubber ring is placed around the base of the penis to hold the erection. This device can be used with or without taking oral medications.
Vacuum devices are safe, but they’re not always effective. The device may not be suitable for men with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. And the device can cause pain in the testicles and bruising in the penis.