Most men have occasionally experienced the lack of a morning erection, encountered trouble establishing or maintaining an erection, gaining an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse, or a loss of sexual desire. These may be signs of Erectile Dysfunction (ED). It’s also sometimes referred to as impotence that can significantly affect the man’s quality of life.
Researchers found that ED affected 8% of men aged 20-30 years and will rise to 37% at ages 70-75. However, ED is now well understood, and there are various treatments available.
What causes Erectile Dysfunction?
- Older age
- Low Testosterone
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- Lack of sleep
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
- Medical conditions, particularly high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol
How is Erectile Dysfunction treated?
Treatment for ED will depend on the cause and how serious the condition is. Treatment options can include the following:
- Medication: Medications will increase blood flow and allow you to get an erection in response to sexual stimulation. Most ED medicines take around 30 minutes to start working. Possible side effects include headaches, nasal congestion, flushing, visual changes, etc.
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy: A new treatment option for ED that enables the patient to achieve and maintain sufficient and dependable erections. Shockwave therapy works by enhancing blood circulation and stimulating new blood vessel growth for improved blood flow, ultimately restoring and enhancing sexual function.
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy: For men with low testosterone levels, Testosterone Replacement Therapy has a better track record of restoring a man’s sex drive. The most common forms of testosterone used in testosterone replacement therapy are ‘Cypionate’ and ‘Enanthate’ injections. Another route for testosterone replacement is transdermal cream. Hormones are absorbed from the skin directly into the bloodstream.
However, please think about lifestyle changes because unhealthy habits can affect ED. Remember to exercise regularly, lose extra weight, stop smoking, drink less, avoid foods high in fat, eat healthy foods, and manage and reduce stress. If you seem to have erectile dysfunction, it’s very important to consult a doctor. Don’t be shy.
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