If you’re a man over the age of 40, it is not uncommon to experience erectile dysfunction. And the older you get the more it is expected. The condition affects as many as 30 million men in the U.S.
The bad news is that it can be uncomfortable to talk about ED. But the good news is that it doesn’t mean the end of sex. There is an erectile dysfunction cure — or just proactive ways you can make your erections firmer and longer-lasting.
The first thing to do is to determine what is happening. There are many different causes of ED, and knowing the facts about ED and exactly what you’re experiencing can help you determine treatment option will work best for you.
Counseling or other emotional support.
Sources say up to 20% of ED cases are caused by psychological factors, including stress, anxiety, guilt, and depression. Stress can stem from work or financial problems, relationship issues, or other reasons. Anxiety about why ED is happening and if it will keep happening can add to stress, and also lead to guilt and depression. Indifference to the act of sex or the relationship itself can contribute to ED, as well as low self-esteem or a negative self image. If you suspect the cause of your ED may be psychological, your doctor can help point you in the right direction for therapy, medications, or self-help techniques.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by lifestyle choices that affect overall health, weight, fitness levels, and the flow of blood through the body. Based on this, making a concentrated effort to lose weight, eat more nutritiously, and exercise regularly can greatly affect your sexual performance. It is also be beneficial to curb alcohol intake and stop smoking. Taking these steps can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, which can all lead to erectile dysfunction.
Taking certain medications can be related to erectile dysfunction – whether this means to stop taking them, or to start. Certain medications, including some antidepressants, antihistamines, muscle relaxers, and medications for high blood pressure, can cause erectile dysfunction. If you’re on any regular prescription or OTC medications, your doctor can help determine whether there are side effects and whether alternative drugs can be used instead.
Starting medication is also an option for treating ED. If you’re in good health, your doctor may prescribe pills that can increase blood flow to the penis. These include Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and Stendra. Do not be disappointed however if these go-to medications do not work. For many men, they don’t, but there are other options.
Injections or surgery.
One of those options involves injecting medicine directly into the shaft of the penis or into the urethra to stimulate an erection. Also, surgery may be indicated in some situations to implant a device in the penis that fills with fluid or has bendable rods that create an erection. Injections and surgery are not as common as other treatment methods, and your doctor can discuss the pros and cons of each.
There are also many natural solutions that can improve health and increase blood flow. Taking Korean red ginseng, DHEA supplements, or foods high in l-arginine can be effective in treating ED. Each has elements that play a role in increasing desire, strengthening erections, or opening and relaxing blood vessels.
Many men have also explored the use of acupuncture in opening up the pathways of energy throughout the body. More details about natural solutions to erectile dysfunction are discussed in our free book available here!
Another natural erectile dysfunction cure is the use of vacuum therapy. This uses the very simple principles of physics to create an erection naturally. A vacuum gently pulls blood into the penis, creating a solid erection. Once the erection has been created, a soft support ring is placed around the base of the penis to firmly hold the erection in place. This animated video can show you exactly how it works.
While talking about ED is not a pleasant thing for men to do, what is pleasant is finding the solution that will get you back in the sack and reclaiming the life you love. There are answers here and there is hope. This is not a condition you have to live with. Talk to your doctor about the erectile dysfunction cure that is best for you!
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