To ensure any lifestyle changes are sustainable and realistic, start slow and work your way up.
ED is an extremely common issue and it doesn't have to be the end of your sex life. It can be treated, and even reversed, with a little help. .
It’s important to tell your doctor about all the drugs you take, including nonprescription ones, so they can determine if any of your meds could be responsible for your symptoms.
Herbal supplements such as ginkgo biloba, saw palmetto, and yohimbe have been touted as sexual enhancers, and some men have been tempted to try them to treat erectile dysfunction. Bennett warns, however, that none has been approved by the FDA or even shown by any reliable studies to prevent, treat, or improve erectile dysfunction. Moreover, supplements are unregulated and can have many side effects or interfere with prescribed medications you’re already taking. Don’t jeopardize your health by taking a supplement to treat erectile dysfunction without first talking with your doctor.
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Peyronie's disease is a condition that results from a penis injury, causing scar tissue to form and the shaft to curve. Sexual intercourse is often difficult.
If you are taking medications (alpha-blockers) for problems with an enlarged prostate, you should discuss your prostate medications with your doctor. Alpha-blockers also can cause lowering of the blood pressure. Thus your doctor will need to carefully watch your blood pressure when you start the PDE5 inhibitor. Common alpha-blockers include doxazosin (Cardura), terazosin (Hytrin), and tamsulosin (Flomax).
Self-administered injections of prostaglandin E1 (Caverject® or Invicorp®) provide a simple means of obtaining a natural erection. You will be taught how to administer the injections (pictured) and told what to do in the event of problems such as an erection which will not go down.
Your provider will likely order blood tests and conduct a Doppler ultrasound, which detects poor blood flow through your penis. You may also be asked to conduct a nocturnal erection test, where a device is slipped on your penis overnight to measure if you can get an erection during sleep. Or you may be injected with medicine to cause an erection to determine how full your penis becomes and how long your erection lasts.
If these medications fail to work or if you are deemed unfit to take them, your urologist can recommend one or more of the following therapies: Penile pump (vacuum erection device [VED] or vacuum constriction device [VCD]) Penile injections (intracavernous injection [ICI], intracavernosal alprostadil) Intraurethral (IU) medication (alprostadil) Surgical procedure involving fitting a penile implant into the penis
Whilst erectile dysfunction may be related to both mental and physical disorders, in approximately 80% of cases, medical conditions may play a contributory role. It is therefore important for all patients experiencing erectile dysfunction to be reviewed by their GP.
This penile tumescence monitor is placed on the penis. It is connected to a monitor that records a continuous graph depicting the force and duration of erections that occur during sleep. The monitor is strapped to the leg. The nocturnal penile tumescence or NPT test is conducted on several nights to obtain an accurate indication of erections that normally occur during sleep. Click to view larger image.
ED is most commonly caused by medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure or pelvic surgeries. Age related decline in erectile function is also thought to occur. An injury A disease (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol) Various studies have estimated that between 20% – 71% of individuals with diabetes suffer from erectile dysfunction. An operation (e.g. prostate gland removal) Substance use (e.g. tobacco, drugs, alcohol or medications) Stress, anxiety, depression, psychological trauma Approximately 30 million American men suffer from erectile dysfunction. Most men with erectile dysfunction still have the ability to have an orgasm and father a child, but often have difficulty doing these things because they can’t get or sustain an erection. Erectile dysfunction is not normal, and is by no means an inevitable consequence of aging. Most men at one time or another during their sexual lives are unable to get or keep an erection. This is normal and does not indicate a problem. However, millions of men of all ages experience this inability as a continuing problem. In most cases, erectile dysfunction can be overcome using medical or surgical options. We typically start with questionnaires such as the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) to determine the severity. Penile injections such as Trimix may be used to assess the quality of your erection and to differentiate among the many causes. Occasionally a penile duplex ultrasound is indicated if there is concern for disease in the blood vessels or penile scarring. Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction
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."
Talk to your provider if your erection problems have to do with a fear of heart problems. Sexual intercourse is usually safe for men with heart problems.
Multiple sclerosis or MS is an autoimmune disorder in which brain and spinal cord nerve cells become demyelinated. This damage results in symptoms that may include numbness, weakness, vertigo, paralysis, and involuntary muscle contractions. Different forms of MS can follow variable courses from relatively benign to life-threatening. MS is treated with disease-modifying therapies. Some MS symptoms can be treated with medications.
Alternative treatments, such as nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, and acupuncture, are options to consider. However, evidence supporting many of these treatments is spare and due to the lack of FDA regulation the quality of any given supplement is unclear. In several high profile cases allegedly “natural” ED treatments were found to contain erection medications; as these medications have certain side effects and drug interactions (specifically PDE5I and nitrates) there is potential for very serious reactions even with “natural”, non-prescription medications.