Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
It can be a frustrating and embarrassing condition, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone.
ED affects men of all ages, and there are many treatment options available. If you think you might have ED, the first step is to see your doctor.
They will ask about your medical history and symptoms, and do a physical exam. They may also order blood tests or other tests if they suspect underlying health conditions contributing to your ED.
There are many potential causes of ED, including psychological factors like stress or anxiety; certain medications; hormonal imbalances; diabetes; heart disease; injury to the nerves or arteries in the penis; Peyronie’s disease (a curvature of the penis); smoking cigarettes; excessive alcohol consumption; or illegal drug use.
Treatments for erectile dysfunction vary depending on the cause.
In some cases, making lifestyle changes such as exercising more frequently, quitting smoking, or eating a healthier diet may improve ED.
For other men, taking oral medication such as sildenafil citrate (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil HCI (LevitraStaxyn), or avanafil (Spedra) may be effective.
These drugs work by improving blood flow to the penis so that you can get and maintain an erection long enough for sex. Other treatments include penile injections with alprostadil and intraurethral pellet therapy with alfuzosin (Uroxatral).
If these treatments don’t help, surgery might be an option. Surgery involves placing implants in the penis to allow for increased rigidity during intercourse.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to see your doctor. With treatment options available, there’s no reason to suffer from erectile dysfunction.