How is erectile dysfunction treated?
Erectile dysfunction affects half of men aged 40 to 70. Click here to find out about some of the treatments available.
Erectile dysfunction is a more common problem than many people realise. Studies indicate that 50% of men aged 40 to 70 will experience some form of erectile dysfunction, with about 10% completely unable to achieve an erection. Luckily, there are a number of ways to treat this issue – these range from lifestyle changes to medication, and even surgery. Let’s take a closer look at erectile dysfunction and what can be done to treat it.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is commonly classed as an inability to produce an erection, but it may also mean not achieving an erection hard enough for penetration to occur, or not being consistently able to maintain an erection long enough for you or your partner to achieve orgasm.
These issues can occur only occasionally, or every time a sexual act is initiated. No matter what the form or frequency, erectile dysfunction can be extremely frustrating or embarrassing for the person experiencing it and their sexual partners. If you have experienced this on more than one occasion, you may want to consider treatment for erectile dysfunction.
The most common treatment is a course of what are known as phosphodiesterase inhibitors. The most well known of these is Viagra, a popular branded version of the generic drug Sildenafil. Other options include Cialis, Levitra, or Spedra, which many report to be faster acting. All of these PDE inhibitors block the enzyme Phosphodiesterase type 5 which is usually found in the penis. This allows for the blood vessels in the penis to remain relaxed for longer which will increase the blood flow, allowing longer and harder erections.
Contrary to popular belief, these treatments won’t work if the person taking the drugs is not sexually aroused. Therefore, you should obviously only take them when you want to engage in sexual intercourse.
You can speak to your GP, or simply order any of these erectile dysfunction treatments online through Anytime Doctor. If you’re unsure of the best option for you, we offer an erectile dysfunction trial pack so you can try an entry level dose of each and figure out the best treatment to use on an ongoing basis.
Identify Any Underlying Causes
While the medications we offer can be highly effective, and for some the only viable solution, we do recommend that you take a look at your lifestyle and try to work out if there are any underlying causes.
There are a number of physical and psychological issues that could be the root cause of erectile dysfunction, and addressing them could be beneficial to your overall health and well-being. For example, erectile dysfunction can sometimes be caused by depression and anxiety disorders. Given the way erection problems can make some men feel, this can exacerbate the underlying cause and thus create a viscous circle. If you think you are suffering from anxiety or depression, speak to a mental health professional, and also think about whether there are any tangible causes in your life which you can tackle head on.
When considering possible physical causes, look at your prior medical history and current state of health. For example, if you have ever had a spinal cord injury or you are currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, you may be experiencing erectile dysfunction as a side effect.
You may also experience problems because of heart or kidney disease, or if you have high cholesterol or low testosterone. If you suspect your erectile dysfunction may be caused by another condition, speak to your doctor immediately.
What You Can Do
Everyone deserves to have a normal, healthy sex life and erectile dysfunction can often make it seem like that will never be attainable. But don’t despair, one way or another, almost all cases of erectile dysfunction are temporary or can be reversed.
Before you start taking erectile dysfunction pills though, consider your overall health and state of mind. Try giving up any unhealthy habits like smoking, excessive drinking, or taking drugs. And if you are suffering from anxiety or depression, try to identify and address any tangible causes like a bad relationship, stressful job, or simply poor diet and sleeping patterns. Perhaps a change of lifestyle might help you get back on track.
If you have looked at the possible underlying causes, and are still suffering from erectile dysfunction, you can find effective medicinal treatment here through Anytime Doctor. Complete our online consultation today and get the help you need.