Erectile Dysfunction is a condition that affects a lot of men especially as they age. Erectile Dysfunction happens when a man has consistent and repeated problems in sustaining an erection. Without proper treatment ED can play havoc with normal sexual life of a person since it prevents proper sexual intercourse. It is observed that 1 in 5 men are affected by the condition.
The doctor examines a patient to know the cause and severity of ED and depending on these factors further investigates any underlying health issues that may be causing it. Finally the doctor will offer a choice of treatments while explaining the risks and benefits of each treatment for you to make a final decision.
In the case of majority of men oral medicines have shown remarkable success. Generally oral medicines like Sidenafil (Viagra), Tadalafil (Cialis), Avanafil (Stendra) are prescribed.
These medicines enhance the effects of nitric oxide – a natural chemical that body produces to relax muscles in the penis. This increases the blood flow and allows to get the necessary erection response upon sexual stimulation. Oral erectile dysfunction medications are not aphrodisiacs and will not cause any excitement and not needed for men with normal erections. The possible side effects of such medicines include flushing, nasal congestion, headache, visual changes, backache and a bad stomach.
Usually doctors consider each patient’s condition to determine the medication. Before taking any medication for ED, including the OTC supplements and herbal medicines, get your doctor’s advice. This medicine should not be taken if the patient is taking medicines for chest pain (angina), have low or high blood pressure, have liver disease or have kidney disease or is undergoing dialysis.
There are many alternative treatments for ED including self injection of medicine into the penis which can be painful and sometimes lead to bleeding, then testosterone replacement therapy for those who have low level of the male hormone testosterone and this can be administered through injection, patch, buccal cavity, intranasal or oral medicine, a penis pump which is a vacuum pump is placed over the penis and air is sucked out which pumps blood to the penis and causes erection, once the erection happens a tension ring is slipped on the penis base to hold the blood and thereby retain the erection for sexual intercourse, similarly a penile implant involves surgically placing a device on the sides of the penis which consists of inflatable or semirigid rods that induces an erection but as with any surgery may lead to infections, in some rare cases blood vessel surgery can help.
Doctors also suggest psychological counselling; asking patients to quit smoking, losing weight, doing proper exercises everyday, giving up alcohol and talking it out with the sexual partner and avoiding stress and anxiety are some of the other lifestyle adaptations to meet problems due to ED.
A patient with ED has all possibilities of stopping the problem by constantly seeking the doctor for medical advice and making certain relevant lifestyle changes so that ED does not assume uncontrollable proportions.