Mens Health & Ed
Men who are unable to get an erection is more likely suffering from Erectile Dysfunction (ED). It is a common disorder but can be treated in various ways. Occasional ED is normal and can be due to a number of reasons such as stress. If you experience ED more frequently, it can be a sign of other health problems. Addressing your ED will help you know if you have underlying health conditions that need to be treated. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases approximated that roughly 30 million men suffer from Erectile Dysfunction in the US. ED prevalence increases with age, and half of men over 75 will have ED.
There are many factors that can cause or contribute to Erectile Dysfunction:
- - relationship problems
- - stress
- - injuries
- - drug, tobacco and alcohol use
- - damage from surgery or cancer
- - diseases such as heart problems, high cholesterol and diabetes
Treatment Modalities for Erectile Dysfunction
Impotence often occurs when there is inadequate blood flow to the penis because of blockage in the arteries or if they are damaged. Prescription drugs may also cause ED. With that being said, it’s important for you to understand that impotence has nothing to do with masculinity, and you shouldn’t be ashamed to seek medical help. The treatment for ED varies and ranges from counselling to medications to constriction devices. Knowing the cause of your ED will not only manage the disease but it can also save your life from possibly fatal heart problems. Those who are embarrassed to consult their GP about ED often resort to herbal treatments and other online scams. These drugs are not approved or regulated by the government and can be more dangerous to your health. Here are the main treatment options for erectile dysfunction:
Oral medications – drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, Uprima and Levitra are often used to help relax the blood vessels in the penis and promote blood flow. Discuss with your doctor the possible side-effects and the disadvantages of using these drugs.
Injection therapy – a drug will be injected to the penis every time one needs to have sex. It relaxes the muscles and blood vessels to increase blood flow and erection is produced within 15 minutes.
Hormonal supplements – there are some cases where low testosterone is the culprit in having ED. You need to undergo a test first to make sure your testosterone is really low.
Penile implants – the last resort among ED treatments. A mechanical implant is inserted into the penis surgically. A valve in the scrotum will operate the hydraulic action of the device; the penis can also be permanently rigid.
Vacuum erection pump device – or vacuum constriction device is a clear plastic cylinder with a compression ring at the end and an external pump at the opposite end. The penis is inserted inside the cylinder and the pump creates a vacuum by pumping out air from the cylinder to help the penis become erect; the constriction ring is then placed at the base of the shaft to maintain an erection. The pump is either operated by hand or by batteries. You can leave the band or tension ring for up to 30 minutes to allow intercourse. This is the most non-invasive procedure for ED because it doesn’t require surgery. It is also helpful to those who can’t take oral medications for health reasons. It is safe to use by diabetic patients, as well as those with psychological issues and had had prostate, spinal cord and colon cancer surgeries. Experiment to know which tension ring size is the most comfortable