14 May Erectile Dysfunction? Don’t Worry. It’s Treatable!
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Most men have occasionally experience a lack of morning erection, hard to make an erection or keep an erection that’s firm enough for sexual intercourse, or loss of sexual desire. These may be signs of Erectile Dysfunction (ED). It’s also sometimes referred to as impotence that will significantly affect the man’s quality of life.
Researchers found that ED affected 8% for men aged 20-30 years and will rise to 37% at ages 70-75. However, ED is now well understood, and there are various treatments available.
What causes Erectile Dysfunction?
- Older age
- Low Testosterone
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- Lack of sleep
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
- Medical conditions, particularly high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol
How is Erectile Dysfunction treated?
Treatment for ED will depend on the cause and how serious the condition is. Treatment options can include the following:
- Medication: The medications will increase blood flow and allows you to get an erection in response to sexual stimulation. Most ED medicines take around 30 minutes to start working. Possible side effects include headache, nasal congestion, flushing, visual changes, etc.
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy: A new treatment option for ED, enabling the patient to achieve and maintain sufficient and dependable erections. The shockwave therapy works by enhancing blood circulation and stimulating new blood vessel growth for improved blood flow, ultimately restoring and enhancing sexual function.
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy: For men who do have low testosterone levels, Testosterone Replacement Therapy has a better track of restoring a man’s sex drive. The hormone injections are often given in the hip area. The most common forms of testosterone used in testosterone replacement therapy are ‘Cypionate’ and ‘Enanthate’. The half-life of testosterone cypionate is 2 weeks, compared to 10-12 weeks for testosterone enanthate. Another route for testosterone replacement is transdermal cream. Hormone will be absorbed from skin and has direct action to your blood stream.
However, please think about lifestyle change, because unhealthy habits can affect ED. Remember to exercise regularly, lose extra weight, stop smoking, drink less, avoid foods high in fat, eat healthy foods, manage and reduce stress. If you seem to have erectile dysfunction, it’s very important to consult a doctor. Don’t be shy.