The options for management beyond behaviour modification include TRT, PDE5 inhibitors, intracavernosal injection therapy, vacuum constriction devices (VCDs), intraurethral prostaglandin suppositories and surgical placement of a penile prosthesis.40
“Exercise improves function whether you want to prevent erection problems or whether those problems are just starting,” says Gerbild. .
When the aforementioned strategies prove insufficient to address ED symptoms, medical therapies are warranted. The simplest treatments include use of a class of oral medications known as phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5I, e.g. sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil, and avanafil). These drugs enhance the effects of nitric oxide, a natural molecule within the body that relaxes the smooth muscle of the penis, to enable increased blood to flow and result in erection. These medications are generally very safe and reliable. Men who use nitrates (found in certain heart medications and in some recreational drugs) should not use PDE5I. Optimal use of PDE5I requires advice on timing and proper use of these drugs for maximal effect.
But moderation is key: it's not necessary (or recommended!) to suddenly launch into a workout program that's designed for an Olympic athlete.
The idea of using low-energy shock waves to treat erectile dysfunction comes from studies that show that these types of shocks help heart blood vessels regrow, a process called revascularization. Shock wave therapy may also work on the penis, and there have been some promising results, but it’s not currently an approved ED treatment. "It’s similar to the type of shock waves used to break up kidney stones, and it may cause revascularization,” says Bennett. “However, there are not yet any good controlled studies to recommend it to patients."
An accurate diagnosis is important because it helps doctors identify the most effective treatment for you.
Smoking, excessive use of alcohol and illicit drugs are also associated with ED.13 A study in 2005 suggests that ED is not only more likely among men who smoked compared with those who never did, but that in younger men with ED, cigarette smoking is very likely the cause of their impotence.14 15
In randomized placebo-controlled trials, an estimated 60% of men with diabetes, and 80% of men without diabetes experienced improved erections with sildenafil.
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Up to three quarters of patients with erectile dysfunction develop atherosclerosis, obesity, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and similar diseases.
L-citrulline can be converted to L-arginine in the body. L-arginine widens blood vessels, increasing blood flow.
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Finally, Dr Montorsi et al found that severe ED was more common in patients with multivessel coronary involvement as compared with those with single-vessel disease (31% vs 12.5%; p<0.01). They also found a significant inverse relationship between the extent of CVD and IIEF scores.31
You'll know you're activating pelvic floor muscles if you feel the contraction more towards the front of your body than the back.
The same concerns regarding the use of sildenafil with nitrates and alpha-blockers apply to vardenafil.
Penile re-vascularization is considered experimental and investigational for other indications because its effectiveness for indications other than the one listed above has not been established. Consistent with clinical guidelines of the American Urological Association, Aetna considers arterial reconstructive procedures, dorsal vein arterialization procedures, or penile venous occlusive surgery (e.g., venous ligation, dorsal vein ligation) in men with erectile dysfunction secondary to arteriosclerotic occlusive disease experimental and investigational because such procedures have not been proven to be effective.