Medical Care for Erectile Dysfunctions
By Space Coast Daily // March 11, 2020
Erectile dysfunction has long been considered a man’s bane. For most people, being unable to keep an erection is considered a big blow and can have damaging effects like depression and stress.
According to statistics, most of the men affected by erectile dysfunction are mostly in their 40’s and 50’s although younger men have also been known to experience the condition.
Here are some of the common signs of ED:
• unable to have an erection
• experiences erection but unable to sustain it
• doesn’t achieve an erection every time
• has an erection but not enough hardness to achieve penetration
• premature or delayed ejaculations
Common Causes of ED
Some of the common causes of ED which vary from physical to emotional ones include the following: diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, drug use, hormonal imbalance, high cholesterol, stress, relationship woes, sleep disorder, cardiovascular disease, alcohol use, tobacco use, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Peyronie’s disease.
Tests to determine ED diagnosis
If you suspect that you have ED, here are some tests that needs to be done to determine the diagnosis of the condition:
• physical exam – your penis and testicles as well as the nerves around the area are checked by the doctor.
• psychological test – you will be asked questions to determine if you have depression or anxiety.
• blood and urine test – samples are sent to the laboratory to check for health problems like diabetes, low testosterone or heart disease.
• nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) test- the test uses a battery-operated device that keeps and records data pertaining to the quality of erections.
• ultrasound test – the test is meant to check blood flow problems in your penis area with the use of a transducer device
ED Treatment Methods
While there is a growing concern about ED, it is highly treatable with the use of a variety of methods. These include oral medications like Viagra, Stendra, Staxyn, and Cialis.
Pros and Cons of Oral Medications
Oral medications like Viagra and Cialis are safe to use and provide fast and lasting results, from 8 up to 36 hours. These medications improve men’s sexual abilities and they have a better relationship with their partners.
However, it also comes with side effects like dizziness, headache, and flushing. It may also cause heart attack and other cardiovascular problems if you are not healthy enough.
Other kinds of medication include the Alprostadil self-injection which is injected in the side or base of the penis and the Alprostadil urethral suppository which is positioned inside the penis through the use of an applicator.
Other ED Treatment Options
Other types of treatment for ED include testosterone therapy, the use of a penis pump and a penile implant. The penis pump is composed of three parts: the plastic tube worn around the penis, a pump which is used for air suction, and an elastic ring that is placed on the base of the penis as the plastic tube is removed.
The ring’s purpose is also to hold the blood and be able to maintain the erection. It can be left in place for at least 30 minutes.
Nevertheless, a penile implant is a treatment option wherein malleable implants are placed on the sides of the penis making it firm but bendable and allows you to control how long you want to have an erection.
However, implant treatment is not highly recommended as you become prone to complications.
Natural Treatments for ED
These treatment options can also be supplemented by natural means to ensure that the results are sustainable and long-lasting.
Just some of these natural treatments include the following:
Studies show that men who took at least 5 grams of L-arginine daily experienced improved sexual functions and restored their sexual ability. This amino acid is essential for ED especially if combined with other treatment methods.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is produced by the adrenal glands. According to a US study, men who took at least 50 mg of DHEA daily for 6 months experienced erections compared to those who weren’t administered with the hormone.
• Panax Ginseng
Its effectiveness is strongly backed by studies and is more effective, especially if a person has high blood lipids. Panax or red ginseng improves blood flow and lung function and is anti-inflammatory resulting in reduced ED.
• Rhodiola Rosea
This herb provides energy and zaps fatigue and a certain study showed that men who were given 200 mg daily for at least 3 months have experienced improved sexual lives.
This traditional Chinese medicine method which involves inserting needles into the body is said to be effective in treating ED. According to studies done in 1999 and 2003, men who were treated with acupuncture had improved erection and sexual activity.
• Prostatic Massage
It involves massaging the tissues in the groin area to allow blood flow to the penis. It’s advisable that the massage should be done a few times weekly and has substantial results when combined with other treatment methods.
• Kegel exercises
This type of exercise improves and strengthens pelvic muscles. According to a 2005 study, men who did regular Kegel exercises for at least 3 months have improved penile functions as compared to another group who didn’t do the exercises.
• Aerobic exercises like running and swimming
These exercises significantly increase blood flow and also improves testosterone levels. Some studies attest that regular aerobic exercises such as swimming and running result in decreased ED problems.
Since ED is often caused by stress and anxiety, yoga can help address it because it provides relaxation to the mind and body. Studies show that men who did yoga for 3 months experienced improved sexual function.
Erectile dysfunction affects men of various ages and especially those who belong to the golden age era. Proper precautions and a balanced and healthy lifestyle are essential to avoid it.
Most importantly, it helps to be well-informed so you’ll be aware and prepared should it become a concern.
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