Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common phenomenon among men most of which is related to stress. Also known as impotence, erectile dysfunction basically can be defined as the inability for a man to get a penile erection or maintain a firm erection enough during a sexual intercourse. ED as seen in most cases have an adverse effect on sexual relationships and requires an experts medical help to correct it.
Other sexual disorders related to ED include: Premature & Delayed ejaculation,incapacity to achieve an orgasm known as anorgasmia
ED diagnosis includes a routine physical exam & revision of medical history related to a patient’s sexual health by the doctor. Referring to the physical exam & tests the doctor will recommend a suitable treatment for the patient. Additional tests may be recommended if the patient suffers from a health condition or if there any other underlying condition that the doctor may suspect.
After the patient has gone through physical examination, additional tests & a check on medical history – The result of the diagnosis will determine the underlying cause of ED for the patient based on which the doctor will be able to suggest the best treatment . More than one treatment can be suggested by the doctor, who will ensure the benefits, risks of each treatment is communicated with the patient, of course the preference of the patient & their partner will always be taken into consideration.He will explain the risks and benefits of each treatment and will consider your preferences while making suggestions.The treatment choices for ED include the following:
Medications are prescribed by the doctor based on the patient’s preference of treatment & his situation. Although the medicines may not have an immediate impact but eventually these oral medicines increase the effect on nitric oxide which helps the muscles in the penis to dilate.
Which ultimately increases the supply of blood flow to the penis & helps in getting & maintaining an erection.
Penile pumps are hollow battery operated tube devices which when placed over the penis, the pump sucks air inside the tube to create a vacuum which pulls the blood into the penis & helps get & sustain an erection. Once a man achieves erection the tube can be removed and the erection sustains during the sexual intercourse. Bruising of the penis & restricted ejaculation are few of the side-effects.
When patients with ED who have been through various treatments have failed to get good end results penile implants is the last resort.
Inflatable or bendable rods are placed on either side of the penis, these rods allows the patient to have a control over his erection. There is a minor risk of getting an infection.
A fitness regime which includes activities to keep one fit & healthy plays a huge role in reducing the occurrence of ED. However, exercise is have less benefit for men who have an existing chronic disease.
There are various factors which cause erectile dysfunction irrespective of what the cause is be it physical, psychological or a combination of both, this definitely puts a lot of pressure and adversely affects the relationship between partners Honest & open communication with the doctor is the first step a man can take towards taking action against ED.
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