It is impossible to gauge the type of treatment that a man requires if he suffers from Erectile Dysfunction (ED) without first understanding what is causing it for that man in the first place. Depending on what the causes are, it is possible that it may be treatable or even curable. The condition is nearly always treatable for most men, so regardless of your own specific causes, there is nearly always a way to treat ED, whether through medication, natural remedies or lifestyle changes.
Once you have determined whether the causes are situational or biological, you can then begin to look into treatments. In order to find the causes, it is important that you listen to your body and stay aware of how your body is reacting in sexual situations. Treating Erectile Dysfunction can be an overwhelming ordeal for men and can also put a lot of pressure on a mans love-life, sex-life and general mental health.
If your Erectile Dysfunction is based on situational factors like alcohol intake, general arousal or even porn consumption, then there are many easier methods of treatment that you can do without having to necessarily take any medication or even consult a medical professional (although we always recommend that you do!). To treat situational Erectile Dysfunction we recommend taking a look at your lifestyle, if you are overweight this may be something you should think about changing. When you're overweight you have a much higher chance of having high blood pressure, this means that the blood will have more trouble travelling around the body to the most useful areas, for example your penis. Therefore you will have trouble sustaining or even achieving an erection. Cutting back on alcohol consumption is also essential if you think this may be impacting your sexual life, we recommend cutting down to 1-2 drinks when you are planning to drink.
Exercising daily is important and links together with the idea of losing weight. Exercising keeps the blood flowing around the body and this will allow for blood to access the vital chambers within the penis that it will be stored in when you are aroused, allowing you to have a strong erection. Exercising is also a great way to reduce stress. Stress plays a large part in most cases of Erectile Dysfunction because when we are suffering from stress or even other mental illnesses like depression it is easy for us to be distracted, this means that the arousal level may not be at optimum percentage to allow the blood to easily travel around the body and the vessels of the penis to open to allow it in and secure it.
Life is stressful at times and no one is disputing this, but it is important to keep your stress at manageable levels and not allow it to consume your life. Sex can be a good stress relief as it releases endorphins that make you feel good, however it can be difficult for these endorphins to be released when you are distracted by stress or thinking about something not related to the sexual situation like your job or bills.
Treatment for Biological Erectile Dysfunction
If you believe that you have Erectile Dysfunction that is related to biological reasons then it may be wise to consult a doctor. Treatment for biological Erectile Dysfunction can be difficult because there are not as many options available that are as simple as some of the treatments for circumstantial ED. For many people the most popular options for Erectile Dysfunction will be taking medication in the form of pills. This has been the most popular method for treating ED but it is not for everyone, for example it can be expensive and the rates in which it is effective are very circumstantial.
Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors are the most popular medicated pill treatment for ED, most commonly the type of PDE-5 inhibitor named Sildenafil which you will most likely recognise under its brand name of Viagra. There are also brands like Cialis (tadalafil), Levitra (vardenafil) and Spedra (avanafil). These pills are often designed to work as quickly as possible and last for about 8 hours, opening up blood vessels and allowing blood to travel around the body much quicker and smoother, which means that if you are ready for sexual intercourse and aroused, it should be a lot easier to achieve an erection. However these at times may not be recommended to you by your medical practitioner because they are not recommended for usage that coincides with other medical conditions. For example those with coronary heart disease are not recommended to take any of the PDE-5 inhibitors.
With PDE-5 inhibitors there are many other risk factors that come into account, for example those at risk of priapism are recommended to use with caution. Priapism is a painful erection that lasts for several hours and can be difficult for blood to escape from. Those with high blood pressure that take alpha-blockers are also recommended to be cautious of taking PDE-5 inhibitors.
There are also side-effects of PDE-5 inhibitors that the medical consultant will most likely make you aware of, for example anything from headaches and migraines to back pain and vision disturbances.
Whatever type of Erectile Dysfunction you are suffering from, and whether or not it is circumstantial, biological, or a bit of both, there are many options for treatment, from medical pills, to lifestyle changes, and even natural remedies that may aid in an erection. We recommend if you are having any symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction to consult a medical practitioner.