s – Erectile dysfunction is defined as difficulty getting and maintaining an erection that is hard enough for intercourse. It is not difficult to understand how erectile dysfunction affects your life. When you experience this it can cause depression and low self-esteem, not to mention distress for a man. But it also could be a warning sign of serious health problems like vascular system blockages that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
ED can be caused by many health or emotional issues. A doctor can give you a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction and then provide information about which treatment plans may be the best for your situation. Your partner will also want to be included in your treatment plans and decisions.
In the beginning, your doctors will have a conversation with you about your lifestyle. Your treatment plans begin with making sure the way you eat and drink is healthy. If you smoke your doctor will suggest that you stop. Increasing your exercise can also help. Your doctor will also go over any prescription drugs you are taking. Never stop taking your prescriptions without talking to your doctor, but it is possible there may be alternatives available if one of your prescriptions is interfering with your sex life.
After you and your doctor have discussed all possible non-invasive options, then it is time to talk about other treatment plans that may be more invasive. There are drug and hormone therapies, but also there are devices or surgical options.
The oral prescription drugs to treat ED are called PDE5 inhibitors. These drugs increase penile blood flow. If you have normal nerve function to the penis these pills will improve normal erectile responses. About 70% of men report having better erections when their treatment plans include these prescription drugs. The prescription would need to be taken about two hours before intercourse.
There are some rare cases when low testosterone levels are the culprit. When testosterone therapy is combined with the PDE5 inhibitors, patients can experience
normal erections again.
Treatment plans may also include more aggressive physical options such as vacuum erection devices, injection therapies, intraurethral therapy, or surgical treatment for penile implants.
A vacuum erection device is a sort of pump that is used to suck blood into the penis. This results in an erection that can last up to 30 minutes. About 75% of men who are properly trained with this device have good results.
Treatment plans can also focus on injection therapy. Your doctor’s office would provide self-injection lessons. This may sound difficult, but it is effective for about 85% of the patients who are properly trained. However, since the election is not regulated by the nervous system it is possible to have a prolonged orgasm past climax (Erections lasting between 2-4 hours should be treated in the Emergency Department).
Treatment plans your doctor offers may also include intraurethral therapy. For this kind of therapy, a tiny medicated pill is placed into the urethra. This will allow you to avoid injection therapy but it does not work quite as well as injections. With this therapy prolonged erections of 2-4 hours should be treated in the emergency department.
Treatment plans that involve surgery mean the insertion of a penile implant or prosthesis. These surgeries, of course, come with risks just like any surgery. However, they also have the highest rate of success and satisfaction among all the treatment plans.
The doctor can offer two different kinds of implants. The semi-rigid, or bendable, implants can be bent in the direction the patient desires. The other option is an inflatable implant; two fluid-filled cylinders that are controlled by a pump. This results in a natural feeling for the patient and partner.
As you can see there are many options when It comes to erectile dysfunction. With all of the technology, there is almost no reason to suffer from this condition. It truly affects your self-image, confidence, and esteem. It will migrate from the bedroom into the rest of your life if you let it.
So contact us today for a private consultation. Of course, it will be discreet and packed with options, to improve your health.