Erectile dysfunction is the most common sexual problem suffered by adult men and while it is observed more frequently in older men, younger men too are likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction or impotence.
Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction are unable to achieve erections upon any sort of sexual stimulation due to various physical or psychological reasons for at least 3 months.
There are various causes of erectile dysfunction, more often erectile dysfunction is a by-product of other underlying diseases such as diabetes, atherosclerosis and peripheral artery disease.
Other factors that contribute to erectile dysfunction are a hormonal deficiency, a damaged nervous system or an inadequate amount of blood flow towards the penis upon sexual stimulation.
Injuries of the spinal cord and psychological issues such as performance anxiety, low-self-esteem and even past sexual abuse trauma can lead to erectile dysfunction in men. Based on the cause of the condition, there are different types of erectile dysfunction treatments available for men.
Let’s discuss the potential treatments available for men in accordance with the causes of the erectile dysfunction as well as the severity of their condition.
- Lifestyle changes to treat Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction can occur due to a certain way of living and lifestyle choices such as excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. Many young men who suffer from erectile dysfunction have this condition due to excessive smoking and drinking habits. After both these habits, obesity induces erectile dysfunction. Healthy lifestyle choices and regular exercises go a long way in treating erectile dysfunction as well as preventing it.
- Oral Medications for treating Erectile Dysfunction
Oral medications for the treatment of erectile dysfunction have become a convenient remedy for most men after the arrival of Viagra (Sildenafil citrate) as they are easy to make and quick to show results.
While Viagra was a very expensive remedy, now Generic Viagra is readily available for men in various brands such as Cenforce 100 and Fildena 100. Sildenafil citrate is also available in the form of Oral jelly such as Kamagra Oral Jelly .
Apart from Sildenafil citrate, there are various other PDE5 inhibitors such as Tadalafil and Vardenafil which are used as an active ingredient in its branded medications such as Cialis and Levitra as well as their Generic versions such as Vidalista.
The branded and the Generic versions of the active ingredients both are equally effective in treating erectile dysfunction while the price is a major difference between them as Generic medications are comparatively cheaper than the branded counterparts.
Penile injections are also used to treat erectile dysfunction in men who are having difficulty swallowing oral form of medications. Papaverine, Phentolamine, and prostaglandin E1 are the drugs that are injected in the penile shaft to treat erectile dysfunction in men.
- Testosterone Treatment
Men who suffer from the inability to have erections due to the lack of Testosterone in their bodies are given this male hormone for their treatment.
- Vacuum pumps
Vacuum pumps are also used to treat this condition but they are only used if a person is unable to use the medications or injections. While they are effective, they are very inconvenient to use.
- Surgery and Penile Prosthesis
If the severity (to be determined by your doctor) of your condition is very high then you may consider surgery using prosthetic implants for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Being aware of the various modes offered for the treatment of erectile dysfunction is a great initiative towards the well-being of your sexual health. But the availability of the treatments should not make you ignore some precautions you can take to avoid the risk of erectile dysfunction in the first place.
Regular exercise and healthy eating will not only lower down the risk of erectile dysfunction but also improve the overall health of your body.
Smoking and Drinking are among the major causes of erectile dysfunction. These two things are among the leading causes of erectile dysfunction. While drinking in moderation may not impact your sexual health so much, but smoking often leads to erectile dysfunction.
One of the major things to look out for it’s your weight; men who are obese or are overweight are more likely to get erectile dysfunction than those to maintain healthy body weight. Also, being obese brings down a person’s self-esteem and may even induce performance anxiety which may then contribute to erectile dysfunction.
Maintaining healthy self-esteem and positive attitude also goes a long way in impacting your sexual health in an indirect way. It also increases your life satisfaction.
Also working on building a loving and supportive relationship is the foundation of your sexual satisfaction.
Erectile dysfunction is thus a treatable condition. As men’s self-esteem is tied to their sexual prowess, this condition takes a toll on their emotional and mental well-being. It also often sours their relationships with their sexual or romantic partners. Spreading awareness about this condition and its treatments goes a long way in supporting men’s health as well as mental stability.