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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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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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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