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Erectile Dysfunction: It’s Not a Joke

Erectile Dysfunction: It’s Not a Joke
Kevin Cleary

Yes, erectile dysfunction is a potentially serious condition. C’mon guys let’s be serious for a moment and understand what this disorder really is and what the potentially serious medical conditions that can cause it are. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a fairly common condition so men in this country need to have adult conversations with their urologists in order to properly treat this condition. Let us at HPFY give you some valuable information that may help you if and when you need it.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Who hasn’t heard a joke about erectile dysfunction or ED? While it may seem like a minor or trivial condition, the underlying conditions that can cause it are not. Erectile dysfunction (or impotence) is the inability of men to achieve and maintain an erection during sexual activity. For something that is not discussed openly, it is a common occurrence with more than 3 million cases per year in the United States. This is not a case of a condition targeting older men since it also can occur in young men. While the occasional inability to achieve/maintain an erection is really nothing to be concerned with, when it becomes an ongoing problem it can place stress on a relationship which can make the matter worse. The symptoms of ED include:

  • Trouble achieving erection 
  • Reduced sexual desire 
  • Trouble maintaining erection during sex

The arousal process in men involves multiple items to get on board such as the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, and blood vessels. This is not a simple process, a lot of things can go wrong!! Not only can medical conditions bring about ED, but stress also. It can even be a combination of mental and physical issues to derail a moment of intimacy. An example would be a minor medical condition that could delay sexual response that can lead to stress and make things worse (if it’s possible). Some common causes of ED can include:

  • Heart Disease 
  • High Cholesterol/Blood Pressure 
  • Atherosclerosis (clogged blood vessels) 
  • Diseases such as Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 
  • Injuries such as spinal cord injuries 
  • Prostate cancer or treatment

You throw into this list of maladies psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, and stress and it’s quite the recipe for failure. Talk with your doctor or urologist before beginning any type of natural supplement regimen in order to be sure that everything is safe and be truthful about tobacco use and your weight since they can be triggers also.

Prescription Treatments for ED

Anyone who has watched a football game or golf tournament on television as seen commercials for prescription drugs that can help treat erectile dysfunction. Discuss these pharmaceuticals with your urologist and be sure to be honest with all your other medications. There may be a trial and error to find the proper medication that works for you. Some common medications that may be prescribed include:

  • Avanafil (Stendra) 
  • Sildenafil (Viagra) 
  • Tadalafil (Cialis)

Other treatments can include penile suppositories or injections at the base or side of the penis. If low testosterone is the cause, testosterone therapy is an option. Talk with your doctor since some of these medications do come with potential side effects. If anxiety, stress, or depression is the cause try talk therapy as a treatment option. Non-prescription supplements may also help. You could try:

  1. Life Extension Male Vascular Sexual Support Capsules

    This promotes healthy male sexual function by encouraging nitric oxide production for healthy blood flow. A once daily supplement, these capsules can help inhibit an enzyme that affects male sexual function.
  2. Extenze Male Enhancement Supplement

    The all-natural formulation of this supplement can enhance pleasure and performance while improving intimacy. Basically, it’s your daily tablet to sexual health.
  3. Andropharma Penis Enhancement Supplement

    Derived from Tribulus Terrestris, this supplement helps improve erections and increase testosterone. Besides being a testosterone stimulator, it increases sexual desire and can help obtain longer lasting erections.

Non-Medical Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

If prescription drugs or supplements are not your thing or if your doctor tells you that they can interfere with other prescription medications you are taking, you can opt for a less prescribed or invasive treatment course. The use of vacuum pumps can help men achieve and maintain an erection when needed. These devices create a vacuum in order to stimulate an erection by drawing blood into the penis as the device is used. An elastic ring is then used to hold blood in the penis maintaining an erection. The ring can be used for up to 30 minutes. Some great vacuum devices can include:

  1. Firma VED Ultra Vacuum Erection Device

    This nonsurgical, drug-free medical device creates a vacuum in the tube in order to stretch and open the blood vessels and tissues of the penis to allow more blood to flow creating an erection. The easy to use pump is battery-powered and comes with two different size constriction rings.
  2. Encore Deluxe Vacuum Therapy System

    FDA registered and urologist approved, this vacuum therapy system can be pumped manually or with battery power. Clinically proven to be 95% effective, this system can work within minutes and has a built-in pressure safety valve. The patented ring ejector sleeve gives perfect placement of the restrictor ring quickly and easily.
  3. Uro Max Matrix Medical Systems Post-T-Vac Erec-Tec 1000 Manual Vacuum Erection Device

    A simple to use device that can be activated by pushing down on the pump head in a rehashed motion. The Ez-Load bolster ring loader helps place the ring onto the penile cylinder each and every time. This device has a maximum pressure of 15.5 InHg and comes with three ring sizes and lubricant.
Encore Deluxe Vacuum Therapy System
Encore Deluxe Vacuum Therapy System
Firma VED Ultra Vacuum Erection Device
Uro Max Matrix Medical Systems Post-T-Vac Erec-Tec 1000 Manual Vacuum Erection Device

Erectile dysfunction is often joked about, but it is no laughing matter. There can be serious underlying medical conditions that are the cause of this disorder (psychological and physical). It also can wreak havoc on a couples intimacy and create stress in a relationship, which can only make things worse. An open talk with your doctor or urologist can help find the right course of treatment for you. Don’t be disheartened if success isn’t immediate, it may take some trial and error to find the proper treatment that works specifically for you.


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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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