Few things can make a man depressed and lose confidence and self-esteem, like erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is a more common problem than most people think, especially when people are unwilling to talk about it in public. And who can blame them? Since the blue pill made its way onto the market, the number of diagnosed men skyrocketed. People were less reluctant to admit they had ED as treatment options became available and more people realised they are not alone.
Today, ED cases have reduced remarkably, and anyone experiencing this condition can rest assured that there are several treatments available to them back and working like new.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
Commonly known as impotence, ED is a condition in which a man finds it difficult to achieve and maintain an erection for or during sexual performance. People who experience this condition usually have low libido or a reduced desire for sexual activity. It is important to note that most men experience low sexual desires at different times, and these do not necessarily mean they have ED.
However, if your experience lasts for several weeks or months, your doctor will likely diagnose you with ED. The condition can result from health issues, emotional problems, or both. But it always happens when there is reduced blood flow to the penis, or the latter cannot trap blood in its spongy tissues.
As mentioned earlier, several safe and effective treatments are available for ED. But first, you need to ensure that you visit your doctor for the proper diagnosis. Your doctor will then prescribe the best treatment option for you.
• Oral Medication
For most men, oral medications offer the most potent sources of treating erectile dysfunction. The medications here include Tadalafil, Viagra, Avanafil, and Vardenafil. All four medications work by enhancing a natural chemical in the body called nitric acid that relaxes the muscles in the penis. As a result, it allows you to get an erection by increasing the blood flow to your penis in response to sexual stimulation.
• Penile Injections
There are some drugs available to inject directly into the penis to trigger an automatic erection. Penile injection offers an effective alternative for men who do not (or cannot) use oral medications for one reason or another. This option also offers very high success rates.
• Vacuum Pump Treatment
A vacuum pump is another popular alternative for those who cannot or do not want to take ED drugs or injections. You cover your penis with a small plastic cylinder and pump air out of it with this option. This process forces blood to flow into the spongy tissues in the penis to help create an erection. You can then slide an electric ring onto the base of your penis to help hold your erection.
• Surgical Implants
Other ED treatments may not be effective for some men due to one reason or another. For example, if you have a spinal cord injury or neurological disorder, you might find other treatment options less effective. In this case, you rely on two types of surgical implants.
The first type uses an implantable pump to create an erection manually. The second option is a malleable prosthesis and works like a gooseneck lamp that directs the penis in the correct position for sexual activity.
Non-Medical Treatment Options
You can also try other options in addition to medical treatment, depending on the cause of your ED issues.
• Sex Therapy
Medications may not help in every erectile dysfunction case. For example, if your ability to have an erection is caused mainly by fear, depression, bad relationships, or anxiety, medications that allow blood to flow into the penis may not help your case. A more potent option, in this case, is to combine ED drugs with sex therapy. Whether in the form of individual therapy or couples therapy, this option may help address the emotional aspect of your ED issue.
• Alternative Medicine
Other Things You Can Do – Lifestyle Changes
- Get active: Some recent studies have shown that regular moderate to vigorous physical activity can help improve erectile dysfunction. Some moderate workouts can also help prevent the condition altogether. So, get active and avoid a sedentary lifestyle.
- Drop the bad habits: Experts have identified regular smoking as one of the risk factors of ED.
- Eat heart-healthy diets: Foods that support the heart’s proper functioning also help boost blood flow to the penis. So, try to cut back on sugars and fatty products that clog the arteries. Instead, add more fruits and veggies to your meals.