Erectile Dsyfunction Got You Down
Impotence got you down? Erectile dysfunction or ED is what happens
when you cannot achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual
intercourse. You are not alone because erectile dysfunction affects an
estimated 18 million men in the U.S. It is a condition that most men
have suffered at one time or another in their lives. Failure to
perform in the bedroom because you had a bit too much to drink or
perhaps worked more than usual and are over tired is one thing. But if
you find yourself more and more often unable to "rise to the occasion"
you may be suffering from a more chronic condition.
First step: see your doctor for an evaluation. You may feel a bit
awkward about this but rest assured your doctor has heard and seen it
all before. It is possible that your erection difficulties may
indicate a health condition that needs treatment such as diabetes or
heart disease. Getting treatment for these issues may be enough to put
the ram back in your rod and improve your overall health besides.
It is possible that treating an underlying condition will not help
solve your erectile dysfunction. If this turns out to be the case,
other direct treatments or medications may help you. Do not lose hope
as there are many solutions that may provide you with an erection
Sometimes mental health problems and stress can cause erectile
dysfunction, or make ED worse. But ED is usually caused by something
physical. Low testosterone, obesity, high blood pressure, tobacco use,
and certain prescription medications are some of the common culprits.
But there are many more conditions that may be causing your ED that
your doctor will help you to discover and overcome.
The treatments for erectile dysfunction are as varied as are the
causes of it. Oral medications include Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn),
Tadalafil (Cialis), and perhaps best known Sildenafil (Viagra). These
medicines all work in the same way in that they all enhance the
effects of nitric oxide, a natural chemical produced by your body that
relaxes muscles in the penis. This in turn lets the blood flow more
freely there which allows you to get an erection when you are sexually
Other options include testosterone replacement therapy, the
alprostadil penis suppository (involves placing a small alprostadil
suppository inside your penis in the urethra) and alprostadil
self-injection. With this method you use a fine needle to inject
alprostadil into the side or at the base of your penis. Or you may
wish to consider implants, surgery or a penis pump.
Relationship tension, depression and stress can be caused by your
erectile dysfunction. It may be a good idea to think about seeing a
psychologist or counselor for psychological counseling, and perhaps be
joined by your partner as well if they are willing to go with you. In
the long run sometimes the hard times can be the best times.