Treatment Options for Men with Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a very common sexual condition affecting as many as 30 million men with approximately 3 million cases reported annually.
ED is defined as difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection that are sufficient for sexual intercourse.
Although erectile difficulties can occur from time to time with normal stressors, long-term problems should be discussed with your physician and evaluated for treatment, especially if they cause other symptoms of distress between a man and his partner, decreased confidence or depression.
Physical Reasons ED can occur include:
- Decreased blood flow in the penis or damage to nerves
- Stress or emotional reasons
- As an early warning of a more serious illness, such as: hardening or blocked arteries know as atherosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, heart attack, circulatory issues in the legs, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes
Emotional Reasons ED can occur include:
- Relationship conflicts
- Stress at home or work
- Stress from social, cultural or religious conflicts
- Worry about sex performance
Risks for developing ED include:
- Men age 50 and over
- High blood sugar (Diabetes)
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- High cholesterol
- Drugs use or excessive alcohol consumption
- Less active lifestyle
Treatment options available include oral medications (such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra), injectable medications (Papaverine, Phentolamine, Alprostadil), intraurethral medication (Muse), Vacuum Erection Devices, testosterone replacement therapy, ultrasound therapy, prosthetic implantation (semi-rigid or inflatable implant).
More Questions? Set up an appointment today to discuss the best treatment options for your condition.