Are you suffering from erectile dysfunction or want to learn more about the condition and the treatment options? Well, in this post, we are going to look at some of the topics around Erectile dysfunction (ED).
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is when a man can not get an erection or maintain an erection resulting in difficulty in penetrative sex or making it impossible. ED could have a major impact on men’s confidence and also on relations. The good news is that there are treatments available for ED.
How common is Erectile Dysfunction?
ED is more common than you might think. The majority of men experience ED at some point in their lifetime. It is particularly common in men over 40 years of age, it becomes increasingly common with age. Due to poor awareness, only a small proportion of sufferers receive treatment.
What are the main causes of Erectile Dysfunction?
ED has many causes that can be classified as physical, emotional or both. Physical causes include:
- Reduce blood flow to the penis due to certain health conditions such as high blood glucose (diabetes), heart condition smoking.
- Inability to trap blood in the penis to maintain an erection.
- Nerve signals from the brain do not reach the penis due to some conditions or injury.
- Diabetes-related damage to the nerves or small blood vessels to the penis.
- ED can be caused as a side-effect of certain drugs.
Emotional causes of ED include:
- Home or work-related stress
- Worrying including sex performance-related
- Relationship related issues
What are the treatment options of Erectile Dysfunction?
There are different treatment options available for ED but the right treatment option for an individual depends on several factors, including the possible causes of ED.
There are currently four types of oral tablets available for ED. These tablets are:
Sildenafil – Brand name (Viagra®)
Tadalafil – Brand name (Cialis®)
Vardenafil – Brand name (Levitra®)
Avanafil – Brand name (Spedra®)
Some of the other treatment options include hormonal replacement (testosterone), vacuum pump, counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). You will need to have an assessment with a doctor or qualified healthcare professional to establish the possible cause of your ED condition and then they can recommend a suitable treatment.
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