Many men dread the effects of erectile dysfunction because they cling to the old idea that it represents a sign of weakness and a loss of virility. The truth is, many cases of erectile dysfunction (ED) are easily treatable with the help of medications and by making adjustments to your lifestyle.
The main problem with the affliction is that it is seen as so stigmatizing that men often don’t want to admit it when they need help. This tends to make matters even worse. It leads to a lack of self-confidence, misunderstandings with their loved ones and can even lead to mental depression.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
In young people, erectile dysfunction can be caused by work stress and general anxiety. Depression can also bring about erectile dysfunction, which can cause a deepening of the depression and result in a downward mental spiral. Medical conditions, particularly of the circulatory system like hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol, are known to cause ED. An erection is caused by blood flowing into the penis. Any condition that affects the body’s blood flow will also affect the body’s ability to maintain an erection.
In older men, ED is generally a result of older age and the afflictions that go along with it, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Low testosterone levels can also cause erectile dysfunction in men of any age.
But personal habits and lifestyles can also cause ED. Whether from partying or working habits, a consistent lack of sleep can work against you and bring about an episode of ED. Smoking and drinking are also well-known contributing factors to the dysfunction. Losing weight, eating less unhealthy foods, and exercising more can be all you need to do to restore your life to normal.
Treatments Depend on the Cause
If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction to the extent that it affects your home life and your loved one, the first thing to do is admit you have a problem and seek treatment at a reputable urology clinic.
For young people who maintain an overall healthy lifestyle, the doctor may feel that temporary work stress or anxiety is the problem. They may prescribe medications like Viagra or Cialis to help restore the patient’s confidence. These medicines are also generally prescribed to older men who are found to be otherwise healthy as well.
Low testosterone levels are treated with testosterone replacement therapy. This therapy consists of Cypionate and Enanthate injections. Or, a topical transdermal cream can be used to absorb hormones from the skin into the bloodstream.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a new treatment that offers patients the ability to achieve and maintain erections by stimulating blood vessel growth for improved blood flow. This is a valuable treatment for older men as well as young men that have a recurring problem with ED.
But the path to an effective treatment starts with you. See a clinic experienced in treating erectile dysfunction to get to the bottom of your problem and take steps to address the situation to improve your life.