How Do You Fix Erectile Dysfunction?

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How Do You Fix Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a physical or psychological condition. It can cause stress, relationship strain, and low self-confidence.
The main symptom is a man’s inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
Patients suffering from erectile dysfunction should first be evaluated for any underlying physical and psychological conditions. If treatment of the underlying conditions doesn’t help, medication and assistive devices, such as pumps, can be prescribed.

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, happens when you can’t get or keep an erection of the penis that’s adequate for the sexual satisfaction of both partners. While almost all adult males have ED once in a while, as many as 30 million American men have it regularly. Nearly all men who seek treatment for ED find some relief.

Erectile Dysfunction Causes

In the past, doctors tended to blame erectile dysfunction on psychological problems or, with older men, on the aging process. Medical opinion has changed. While it takes longer to get aroused as you age, regular erectile dysfunction deserves medical attention. Also, the problem isn’t usually psychological. Urologists now think physical problems contribute to most long-lasting cases of ED in men over 50.

Erectile dysfunction in older men. Erections mainly involve the blood vessels. And the most common causes of ED in older men are conditions that block blood flow to the penis. These include hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and diabetes. Another cause may be a faulty vein that lets blood drain too quickly from the penis. Other disorders, as well as hormonal imbalances and certain operations, may also cause ED.

The blood vessel processes that lead to an erection are controlled by your nervous system. Some medications can interfere with the nerve signals that make an erection happen. They include certain stimulants, sedatives, diuretics, antihistamines, and drugs to treat high blood pressurecancer, or depression. But never stop taking a medication unless your doctor tells you to. Alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs, such as marijuana, may also contribute to ED.Erectile dysfunction in younger men. In younger men, psychological problems are the most likely reason for ED. Poor communication with your partner, or differences in sexual preferences, can lead to tension and anxiety. The problem may also be linked to these things:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Feeling that you’re not good enough
  • Sexual fears
  • Rejection by your parents or peers
  • Childhood sexual abuse

Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms

The symptoms of erectile dysfunction can vary from person to person. If you have ED, you might:

  • Be unable to get an erection at all
  • Get an erection sometimes
  • Have trouble keeping an erection long enough for sex
  • Lack of desire for sex

Erectile Dysfunction Diagnosis

When you see a doctor for ED symptoms, they’ll try to find out whether you have another health condition that could cause the problem. They’ll ask about your medical history, including questions about your sex life. You might have:

  • A physical. It will include an examination of your penis and testicles.
  • Blood and pee tests. These check for problems like diabetes, heart disease, and low testosterone.
  • mental health exam. This can reveal whether you have stress, depression, or other issues that could lead to ED.
  • An ultrasound. This allows your doctor to see whether blood flow problems are affecting your penis.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

The treatment for your ED will depend on what’s causing it, as well as what you and your partner think will work best. Your doctor can help you decide. Treatments include:

Medications. You take drugs like sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn), and tadalafil (Cialis, Adcirca) as pills before you have sex. They work by increasing blood flow in your penis. This helps you get an erection once you’re sexually excited.

Your doctor might prescribe testosterone if your levels of this hormone are low. It won’t help if circulation or nerve problems cause your ED.You can inject an ED medicine called it alprostadil into your penis to help it fill with blood and quickly cause an erection. It’s sometimes used in combination with other drugs. You may also insert alprostadil into your urethra (the small hole in your penis where urine comes out) as a suppository. That’s a solid form of medicine that gets dissolved by your body heat.

Lifestyle changes. Your doctor might suggest that you lose weight or start an exercise routine to improve your ED symptoms. They might also recommend that you stop smoking, drinking alcohol, or using marijuana or other drugs.

Counseling. If stress, depression, or relationship problems contribute to your ED, talking to a counselor could help.

Vacuum devise. Also called a penis pump, this is a tube that fits over your penis. It includes a pump, which you use to suck air from the tube. This pulls blood into your penis to make it erect. You place an elastic ring around the bottom of your penis to keep it erect and take off the vacuum tube. After sex, you remove the ring to end the erection.

Surgery. Most men don’t get surgery for ED. But in some cases, doctors will do an operation to repair your arteries to boost blood flow to your penis. Or they can implant a bendable or inflatable rod inside your penis that you adjust to make it erect.

If you think you have ED, a good first step is to talk with your doctor. The treatment you need will depend on what’s causing it.

Low libido Issues

Lifestyle Changes

Your doctor may tell you to make some day-to-day adjustments. Expect to hear things like:

  • Stop any tobacco or illegal drug use.
  • Cut back on alcohol.
  • Lower stress.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Lose weight if you’re overweight or obese.
  • Lower your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

If a medication is causing your ED, your doctor may lower your dose or try a different drug.

Other treatments include:

  • Counseling
  • Medications
  • Pumps
  • Surgery

Men’s clinic Counseling

At men’s clinic international we provide free counseling to all those experiencing sexual difficulties and diagnosis, medication is prescribed too after all that. If anxiety or stress is causing your ED, it may help to talk to a professional therapist.

Life-changing problems or even everyday stress can trigger erectile dysfunction. Talking about these things with a licensed therapist can ease sexual anxiety and help you feel more confident in your relationship.

Usually, you’ll only need a handful of sessions. You may want to include your partner, as well.

Medications

ED medicines can be pills, drugs inserted into the tip of the penis, or injections into the penis.

The first things doctors usually prescribe to men with erectile dysfunction are pills like:

  • Avanafil (Stendra)
  • Sildenafil (Viagra)
  • Tadalafil (Cialis)
  • Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)

They are taken anywhere from 15 minutes to 36 hours before having sex, depending on the drug. You shouldn’t use these more than once a day.

Staxyn dissolves in the mouth. The other medications are swallowed.

These pills work for about 80% of men who take them. But if your erection lasts more than 4 hours, seek emergency medical help. Side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Muscle ache
  • In rare cases, a temporary blue-green shading of your vision

You shouldn’t take these pills if you take nitrate drugs for heart disease. Doing so can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure.

Also use caution if you’re taking alpha-blockers for prostate problems or blood pressure.

Tell your doctor about all medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and supplements.

Injections and Suppositories

If the pills don’t work or aren’t safe for you to take, your doctor may prescribe a drug called alprostadil. It helps boost blood flow to the penis, triggering an erection within minutes.

It can be given in two ways:

Injection: The medication is put into the side of the penis by a needle. This raises your risk for dangerously prolonged erections and scarring.

Suppositories. Pellets are placed inside the penis. You may hear this procedure called MUSE (medicated urethral system for erections). This may be less successful than injections.

Vacuum Devices

A vacuum device improves firmness by boosting blood flow to the penis. About 80% of men who use the device correctly get an erection hard enough for sex.

They’re often used for penis rehabilitation, usually after prostate surgery. Your doctor will put you on a regimen designed to restore normal blood flow to the penis. This will allow you to get a spontaneous erection.

It may take several months to see results.

Vacuum erection devices, also called vacuum constriction devices, are made of three parts:

  • A clear, plastic tube that slides over the penis
  • A manual or battery-operated pump that sucks the air out of the cylinder, sending more blood to the penis
  • An elastic ring is placed around the base of the penis after an erection is obtained. It’s like a rubber band. It helps maintain firmness by preventing blood from draining out of the penis. If you have venous leak syndrome, this may help you.

A vacuum device can be cumbersome. It also will hinder spontaneity. The elastic ring may lead to skin irritation, bruising, loss of feeling or sensitivity, or pain.

Vacuum devices are available with or without a prescription. Talk to your doctor before getting one.

Surgery

If all other ED treatments have failed, your doctor may recommend surgery.

The operations are:

  • Placement of an implant (prosthesis) in the penis
  • Vascular reconstruction surgery to improve blood flow to or reduce blood leakage from the penis and surrounding structures. This procedure works in very few cases and is currently not recommended.

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