Erectile dysfunction is a condition in which a male is unable to achieve and maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. Having erectile dysfunction can have a negative effect on your life and relationship.
Understand about erectile dysfunction
Erection can be a result of emotional issues, certain medical conditions, or a combination of both. Sometimes, your lifestyle may be the culprit. Being overweight, having a sedentary lifestyle, or smoking can hinder your blood flow, which makes it difficult for you to get an erection. As you age, erection might get harder to maintain, too.
Even though erectile dysfunction does not affect your health, it can cause you a lot of trouble. It not only damage the sexual aspect of your relationship but also your self-confidence to relationship problems. As the result, inability to have biological children and depression will occur.
If you constantly find it hard to achieve an erection or you cannot keep it long enough, you may have erectile dysfunction. In case you are concerned about your condition, especially if it comes with ejaculation problems, you should visit a doctor.
Treatment for erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction can be diagnosed using your medical history and physical exams. If your condition is caused by an underlying medical issue, you will need further tests such as blood tests, urinalysis and ultrasound to have a definitive conclusion. According to your condition, your doctor will create the most suitable treatment plan for you. Available options include:
- Oral medications: Sildenafil (Viagra), Tadalafil (Cialis), Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn) and Avanafil (Stendra) are considered the most effective drugs in treating erectile dysfunction. They work by enhancing the blood flow to your man part when there is a sexual trigger. Possible side effects are blushing, stuffy nose, migraine, altered vision, back pain and nausea. Oral medications might take time. You will need to consult with your doctor before taking any kinds of erection drugs, even the over-the-counter ones since it could be dangerous if you have other medical conditions, for example liver disease, kidney disease, blood pressure problems, to name a few.
- Implants: You can have devices surgically attached to your penis to give you control over your erection. Implants are usually considered the last resort when other treatments have failed. It comes with the risk of infection.
- Surgery: If your condition results from obstructed blood vessels, your doctor can recommend surgery to fix it, although this cause is quite rare.
Mental therapy: In case your condition is caused by psychological factors, the only way to treat it is getting counselling. You can go to the therapist by yourself or with your partner.
Having erectile dysfunction can be an embarrassing experience. However, you need to seek medical care because failing to get an erection might be the sign of a much more serious health issues.
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Review Date: October 5, 2016 | Last Modified: December 9, 2019
Erectile Dysfunction. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/basics/definition/con-20034244 Assessed September 25, 2016