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If you develop any side effects, including erectile dysfunction, after taking certain medications, consult your doctor. Do not stop taking the medications unless your doctor tells you to do so. SLIDESHOW Sex-Drive Killers: The Causes of Low Libido See Slideshow Medscape: "Erectile Dysfunction." https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/444220-overview .
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: “18 Million Men in the United States Affected by Erectile Dysfunction.”
If regular exercise doesn’t resolve the issue, consult with your doctor. There are other options available to treat erectile dysfunction. Your doctor may suggest any of the following:
Can’t or don’t want to take ED drugs? The vacuum pump method is the next most common choice among men with erectile dysfunction who pass on pills, says Dr. Bennett. To create an erection, you place a plastic cylinder over the penis and pump the air out of the cylinder to force blood to flow into the penis. An elastic ring that you slide onto the base of your penis holds the erection. This ED treatment device is effective for about 75 percent of men. Side effects include numbness, bruising, and weak ejaculation — and the ring must be removed after 30 minutes.
Individuals must remove the rubber band immediately after completing intercourse. Leaving the band on too long can harm the penis. Rarely, bruising of the penis or blood in the ejaculate/urine may occur.
Because there are a variety of causes of Erectile Dysfunction (ED), there are several different blood tests available to help your doctor diagnose the condition, determine its cause and put into place an effective treatment plan. Only after the cause of ED is determined can it be effectively treated.
If ED comes from a blocked artery leading to the penis, surgery can restore blood flow. The procedure usually works best on men under 30. Doctors don’t recommend it for older men with widespread narrowing of the arteries.
Older men are more likely to take medication for health problems, which could influence their risk.
The treatment of erectile dysfunction depends on the underlying cause. If an underlying physical cause is found (such as diabetes), treatments will be needed to manage these. Other treatments, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), may be offered for any related mental health disorders including anxiety and depression. Irrespective of the contributing causes, psychosexual counselling may be recommended to help with the effects of impotence on sexual relationships.
Many conditions are closely related to ED and may contribute to symptoms, including the following:
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Studies show about 5 percent of men who are 40 years old have full-blown ED, and that percentage jumps to 15 percent for men who are 70.
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Nearly every man can experience brief problems with erectile function. In almost all cases it is related to certain and specific life circumstances, problems, or stressful situations. Usually, these erectile problems disappear once the situation is resolved or changed. You generally don’t need to go to the doctor.
Psychoteraphy is often the first form of treatment recommended for depression. Psychotherapy helps depression by helping people understand the behaviors, emotions and ideas that contribute to their depression, regain a sense of control and pleasure in life, and learn coping techniques as well as problem solving skills.
Both physical and psychological tests are used to make a diagnosis. You’ll probably be asked about your medical and sexual history as well.