Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve and keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. The condition affects about one in ten adult males. In most cases, erectile dysfunction results from another underlying medical issue. Depression, trauma, and certain medications are other causes of erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction can occur at any age and should not be considered normal. If your erectile dysfunction happens less than twenty percent of the time, you often do not need treatment. Consult your MELORA Health & Enhancement doctor if you fail to erect more than fifty percent of the time. There are many treatments for erectile dysfunction, including:
Your doctor may recommend you take medications like sildenafil, vardenafil, and tadalafil before you have sex. These pills help increase blood flow in your penis and get an erection once you are sexually excited. If you are on medications containing nitrates like nitroglycerine, you should not take ED medication as the combination can lead to low blood pressure.
An alprostadil injection can be administered to your penis to fill it with blood and rapidly cause an erection. Your doctor teaches you how to inject the medication directly into the erection chambers of your penis. Injection therapy can treat various erection issues resulting from blood vessels, nerves, or psychological problems.
Your doctor can recommend you lose weight or exercise regularly to improve your erectile dysfunction symptoms. Stopping smoking, drinking alcohol, or using hard drugs can also help reduce your ED symptoms.
Low levels of testosterone hormone can lead to erectile dysfunction. Your doctor can recommend hormone replacement through topical gels, creams, patches, injections, or pellets to increase your testosterone levels.
Your specialist may recommend you use a vacuum device, a tube that fits over your penis. It has a pump that sucks air from the tube. Sucking helps pull blood into your penis, making it erect. To keep your penis erect, you place an elastic ring around it and take off the vacuum tube. After sex, you remove the ring when the erection ends.
Psychology and sex therapies
Psychological factors like stress can contribute to ED even when you have a clear organic cause. Your therapist can help address your feelings of anxiety, fear, or guilt that may be contributing to your sexual dysfunction. Sex therapy can help your partner accept and cope with your condition. If your ED has a clear psychological cause, you will receive sex therapy counseling before invasive treatments.
Although rare, surgery may be beneficial in some cases. Your doctor can suggest surgery to repair arteries to help improve blood flow to your penis. Surgery can also involve your specialist implanting a bendable or inflatable rod in your penis to erect it. The rod is adjustable. Penile implants help preserve penile sensation, orgasm, and ejaculation in most men. Studies show that about ninety-five percent of penile implant surgeries result in successful erections.
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve and keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Your doctor can treat and manage your condition through medications, lifestyle changes, hormone therapy, vacuum devices, and surgery. Schedule an appointment at MELORA Health & Enhancement for erectile dysfunction treatment to improve your sexual life.