The Most Recent Advances in the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Impotence is one of the most common forms of male s*xual dysfunction. In fact, one in every 10 men has a problem achieving and/or sustaining an erection at some point or another. If you have struggled with this yourself, it’s worth seeking out medical help. Due to advances in this area, there are multiple treatments available that you may find effective.
It is estimated that up to 90 percent of erectile problems have a psychological cause.
This encompasses everything from relationships difficulties to performance anxiety even more complex psychological issues. An experienced counselor or therapist can help. You can learn techniques to decrease your anxiety and stress that you may associate with s*x. Your partner may also learn how to help with these techniques.
Lifestyle Changes to Eliminate Underlying Causes
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is linked to several lifestyle habits that you can modify. ED can be the motivation it may take for you to address these. These changes will reduce your health risks even if you opt for other forms of treatment.
Stop smoking. Smoking causes circulatory problems that affect the ability to achieve or sustain an erection.
Reduce or stop drinking alcohol. Alcohol can impair your ability to have an erection.
Increase your physical activity. Getting regular exercise keeps your circulatory system healthy, including your ability to have an erection.
Vacuum Pump Treatments
A vacuum pump is a plastic, cylindrical device that is placed over the man-hood. Sucking out air from the tube creates pressure that causes blood to be forced into the man-hood. A ring can then be applied temporarily to the base of the man-hood to stop the blood from draining away too quickly, thereby sustaining the erection.
This may be a preferable treatment to using medications as there is no ongoing expense or risk of drug interactions.
There are multiple medications that have been developed for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The oral medications work . enhancing the effects of nitric oxide, allowing more blood flow into the man-hood. They require s*xual stimulation for you to have an erection.
Viagra (sildenafil) is one of the best-known medications for erectile dysfunction. It takes effect within an hour and usually lasts for three to four hours.
Cialis (tadalafil) must be taken 30 minutes before s*xual activity.
Levitra or Staxyn (vardenafil) must be taken from 10 minutes to one hour prior to s*xual activity. It can be effective for up to 12 hours.
Stendra (avanafil) can be taken 15 minutes before s*xual activity.
These medications produce an erection without requiring s*xual stimulation:
Muse (alprostadil) intraurethral therapy is a small pellet of a medication that is put directly into the urethra. The drug is then absorbed into the erectile tissue of the man-hood. It provides an erection within five to 10 minutes.
Alprostadil or combination medication self-injections: You inject the medication directly into the shaft of the man-hood whenever you want to have s*x. The medication usually works within about 15 minutes.
Alternative medicine supplements are widely marketed but the FDA has issued warnings about “herbal Viagra” as they can contain potentially harmful drugs in unknown dosages. They are especially dangerous for men who take nitrates and shouldn’t take the prescription oral medications for ED. Sometimes the supplements illegally contain the prescription medication and there can be a dangerous interaction.
Hormonal problems are rarely the cause of impotence, though some find hormone replacement therapy to be effective. Hormone replacement therapy to boost your levels of testosterone should only be pursued after undergoing tests to confirm a deficiency.
Penile Prosthesis Treatments
You should not consider a penile prosthesis (implant) until other forms of treatment have been tried. There are two types of penile implants:
Semi-rigid man-hood implant: this implant keeps the man-hood rigid all the time. The man-hood can be bent downwards when you’re not having s*x.
Hydraulic man-hood implant: a pump is implanted into the scrotum.
There are a number of surgical procedures that can be carried out if, for example, there are abnormalities in the blood flow in and out of your man-hood.
If you are struggling with erectile dysfunction, there are many forms of treatment that can help. ED can signal that you have other health problems, so it is wise to get a checkup to assess your health. Discuss your options with your doctor to find the best treatment for your lifestyle.