If ED is affecting your sex life? Causing you relationship problems? The best treatment for ED is to not stress about it. Most cases of ED are easily treatable with some ED medication and a few lifestyle changes. Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common men's health conditions, with nearly 1 in 3 men experiencing some form of ED during their lifetime. Men often experience ED as a result of aging or stress, or as a side effect of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and heart disease. If you book an ED consult visit with a primary care provider or men's health specialist (such as a Doctor of Urology), they can provide medical advice and treatment options such as:
Physical activity: Moderate to vigorous exercise can help increase blood flow and lower cholesterol. Blocked blood vessels and poor cardiovascular health are some of the most common causes of ED. Because of this, physical activity is one of the most effective and commonly prescribed erectile dysfunction treatments offered by doctors. Adopting a regular exercise routine can help fix ED, and improve mental health at the same time.
Counseling/ Sex therapy: ED can be caused by mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Talking to a licensed mental health professional, such as a psychologist or sex therapist, can help address stress management, performance anxiety, and other factors affecting your sex drive.
Prescription medication: Oral medication that relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow to the penis can be used to treat persistent ED. Drugs such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra) are approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. When diagnosing and treating sexual dysfunction, doctors prescribe these drugs to patients of all ages, not just older men.
Injections: For persistent cases of ED, doctors may recommend a penile injection of alprostadil to relax muscles and increase blood flow to the penis during sexual activity. Alprostadil can also be released into the body by a tiny suppository inserted into the urethra before sex. If ED is being caused by hormone conditions such as changing testosterone levels, an endocrinologist may recommend a hormone injection to boost low testosterone.
Mechanical aids: Devices such as penile implants, or vacuum erection devices (penis pumps) can help stimulate blood flow during sex. Penile implant surgery is usually reserved for patients who have severe conditions that prevent erections (such as Peyronie's disease). Penile implant surgeries are usually performed at health care centers such as hospitals or urology clinics.
There is no one cause of ED, just like there are many treatment options. Talk to a primary care doctor or urologist if you experience persistent erectile dysfunction, as ED can often signify other health conditions. Don't wait to get control of your sexual health. Book a virtual erectile dysfunction consult on Sesame to discuss your symptoms and treatment options that might be right for you- all at affordable cash prices up to 60% less than what you'll find through insurance networks.