Though a common condition affecting around 30 million Americans, nearly 10% of the entire population, erectile dysfunction is not generally understood or talked about. It’s a condition that can have shame or anxiety associated with it. Nearly 50% of men can experience erectile dysfunction in their lifetime.
Fortunately, there are treatments proven to help. Let’s take a look at some of those treatments and how they may be able to help you treat your erectile dysfunction.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to get or maintain an erection. As people age, the prevalence of the disorder increases, but it can happen to anyone at any time in their life.
Exercise and Weight Loss Can Help ED
ED has been linked to poor circulation. Though not always the case, as we will explore later, this can mean that utilizing methods that can help with circulation can help with your ED.
In fact, studies have shown that through weight loss alone men were able to restore penile function by a greater factor than if they had done nothing at all. If obesity is something you face, consider utilizing diet and exercise to manage your ED.
Medications That Can Aid ED
Oral medications for ED have been FDA-approved since 1998. They function by relaxing muscles in the penis, enhancing blood flow, and promoting a longer-lasting erection.
As with most medications, there can be side effects ranging from small to severe. Headaches, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, rashes, and priapism, a prolonged erection lasting hours, and putting your penile tissue at risk for death.
Make sure to speak to a doctor before beginning any medication.
Psychotherapy Has Been Effective for ED
Sometimes, the cause of ED is not physical. Stress, anxieties, or other cognitive and emotional maladies can influence your ability to get or maintain an erection.
In these instances, utilizing therapy has been shown to be a helpful method of treatment.
Physical Interventions for ED
If these methods don’t work for you or if you have suffered an injury, you may be able to utilize physical interventions. These can be penile pumps that fill the penis with fluid, vacuum devices that promote circulation, or penile implants.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn Which Treatment May Work for You
At the Greater Hartford Urology Group, located in Hartford, CT, we know ED can be a distressing condition, but we believe help can be found.
If you are interested in beginning ED treatment, give us a call at 860-522-2251 to schedule an appointment.