Diagnosing and Treating Erectile Dysfunction
Many men occasionally have erectile dysfunction. However, impotence becomes an issue when erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue. Not being able to keep an erection can cause psychological and physical health issues.
When to See a Doctor
Impotence can be caused by an underlying health issue. You should schedule an appointment with your doctor if you have any known health conditions. Depending on the cause of the condition, your doctor might recommend medications that can treat an underlying health condition. If you do not have any other health issues, your doctor may prescribe medications that directly treat erectile dysfunction.
Erectile Dysfunction Causes
Changes occur in the brain and muscles when a man is aroused. Mental health conditions can worsen impotence. Heart disease and clogged arteries can also cause impotence. The condition could be caused by smoking, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes or obesity.
Erectile Dysfunction Age
Impotence is common in older men. Some men have difficulty keeping a firm erection, and the penis might need more direct stimulation. The problem is usually caused by a reduction in the amount of blood being pumped into the penis. A urologist will do a physical exam before prescribing any medications. If your doctor detects an underlying health condition, you might need additional testing.
Erectile Dysfunction Drugs
Oral medications can be taken to treat erectile dysfunction. Stendra, Viagra, Cialis and Levitra can aid your body in increasing blood flow to your penis. The chemical nitric oxide relaxes the muscles in your penis. After taking the medication, stimulating your penis can cause an erection. Some men have mild side effects after taking oral medications.
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
An oral medication might not fix your impotence immediately. If the medication does not solve the problem, your doctor might adjust the dosage. Your doctor might suggest alternative medications if you take nitrate drugs or have low blood pressure. If you have liver disease or kidney disease, you might need other treatment options.
A self-injection medication can be used to treat impotence. Alprostadil is injected into the base of the penis. Phentolamine and papaverine can also be used as penile injection medications. After an injection, you might be able to maintain an erection for an hour.
Penis Pumps and Bands
A penis pump creates a suction that increases blood flow to your penis. After getting an erection, a band is placed over the penis to maintain the erection. Your penis might be cold while using a penis pump, and you might not be able to ejaculate.
Erectile Dysfunction Herbs
Herbs can be used to treat erectile dysfunction. Before taking any herbs, you should ask your doctor if the supplements will interfere with any other health conditions. Herbs may cause severe side effects in men who take nitrates.
Many men can treat their erectile dysfunction by losing weight and quitting smoking. Your doctor can prescribe nicotine replacement products. Exercise can also be used to relieve stress.