What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction, or ED, means the persistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for penetrative sex.
In some cases, it man might not be able to have an erection due to temporary issues, such as fatigue or stress. A doctor will generally not diagnose a problem as ED unless it persists for three months or more.
What should I do if I think I have ED?
There are a lot of different things that can cause erectile dysfunction, and some are serious. If you think you have ED, it’s important to see a doctor. The doctor can determine the underlying cause, and recommend an appropriate treatment.
There’s no reason to be embarrassed when talking to your doctor! Over 30 million men in the United States have ED, so it’s an issue that doctors deal with regularly.
I am 18. Can I have ED?
Yes. Although erectile dysfunction is more common among older men, it can affect men at any age.
Because ED is less common among young men, it’s important to see a doctor to determine the underlying cause.
What Causes ED?
There are many causes of erectile dysfunction, including:
- Vascular/circulatory problems
- Side effects of prescription medication
- Neurological and nerve disorders
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Anxiety, stress, and depression
- Hormonal or vitamin deficiencies
It’s important to talk to your doctor to determine the underlying cause and seek appropriate treatment.
Can ED be cured?
It depends on the cause. In some cases, ED can be cured by addressing the underlying condition. For example:
If the cause is psychological, counseling may cure the condition
If the cause is due to a prescription medication that you are taking, changing medications may cure the ED.
In many cases, ED cannot be completely cured, but there are effective treatments for ED that allow men to enjoy a normal sex life.
How is ED treated?
For most men with ED due to physical causes, the first-like treatment is a prescription oral medication like Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Stendra, or their generic equivalents. Other treatments may include vacuum pumps, penile injections, or (in severe cases) penile implants.
For cases of psychological ED, counseling may be required.
The best treatment for erectile dysfunction depends on the underlying cause.
What’s the best medicine for erectile dysfunction?
Most men respond well to pills called PDE-5 inhibitors. Examples include Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Stendra, and their generic equivalents.
These pills are taken shortly before sex, and allow men to achieve a normal erection.
Are there natural cures for ED?
A heart-healthy Mediterranean diet and regular exercise have been shown to improve erectile dysfunction.
Many men are tempted to try natural herbal remedies for ED. However, studies have shown that herbal products have little if any benefit. More importantly, herbal products are very poorly regulated, and can pose serious health risks due to mislabelling and contaminants.
How does ED affect relationships?
Erectile dysfunction often has a significant impact on the emotional well-being of men and their partners. Commonly reported problems include loss of self-esteem, a decline in overall happiness, and depression.
These feelings can cause couples to avoid intimate contact, and to withdraw emotionally from one another. That’s why it’s important for couples to talk about their feelings, and how erectile dysfunction is affecting them. In many cases, talking with a relationship counselor or sex coach can help.
With help, it’s possible for couples dealing with ED to enjoy a great sex life.
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