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Erectile Dysfunction – When it Gets Harder To Get Hard ED

Erectile Dysfunction – When It Gets Harder To Get Hard

Once a taboo topic for men, Erectile dysfunction (ED) has received more attention as a prevalent and serious issue for men and their sexual partners since the 1990s. The emergence of more readily available and efficient treatment alternatives, particularly in primary healthcare provider settings, is causing an increase in the number of males seeking assistance.

According to studies, up to 20% of sexually active males experience erectile dysfunction. As men age up, this number gets higher, with as many as 86% of men who are 80 years of age or older having ED.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a complex disorder that can be influenced by several causes like:

  • Hypertension • Heart disease
  • Diabetes • Hormonal Disturbance (low testosterone)
  • Peyronie’s disease • Prostate inflammation (curved penis)
  • Psychological problems (depression, anxiety, etc.)
  • Neurological disorders
  • Obesity • Medication side effects • Venous leak (cavernosal insufficiency)

ED is not life-threatening, but it can be an early sign of a more serious condition, like diabetes or heart disease. Worse still, ED can significantly affect a man’s quality of life, relationships, and sense of wellbeing.

Options for Treating Erectile Dysfunction

The first thing to do is to talk to your doctor if you suspect you may have erectile dysfunction. Due to advances in medical science, the number of safe and efficient treatments for erectile dysfunction has increased recently.

Before doing anything else, your doctor will have to understand the underlying cause of ED, factor in your age and consider any other existing diseases like heart problems or blood pressure issues.

Dealing with ED might be as simple as making some lifestyle adjustments, such as reducing alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, and losing weight. If any medicine is the cause of your erectile dysfunction, your doctor might advise you to cut back on the dosage or switch to another prescription.

Besides that, there are a whole host of medically-proven erectile dysfunction treatments like counseling, oral medicines, injectables, vacuum pumps, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), and surgery.

Medications Taken Orally

When it comes to oral medications for ED, PDE5 inhibitors have become the most common type of medication available. This class of medications is effective in more than 80% of patients, and work by increasing blood flow to penile tissue.

When taking such medication, possible side effects include headache, nasal stuffiness, flushing, and mild muscle ache.

If you have heart disease and are taking nitrates, it is likely that your doctor will advise you not to take them at the same time as this can cause a significant drop in blood pressure. It is also dangerous to combine PDE5 inhibitors and alkyl nitrites.

Finally, please be sure to notify your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements before you continue with any PDE5 inhibitor prescription drugs.

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