There is no doubt that for a man, erectile dysfunction is a condition that many find humiliating and even emasculating. There are many reasons that may be behind this issue, but fortunately as the medical field has advanced, there are also many treatment options that one can look into in order to fix or even get rid of the problem.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
EDS usually occurs in “episodes” or periods where one may experience certain issues. Aside from the failure of the male organ to become erect or its failure to remain erect during sexual intercourse, there are also other issues that are considered to be symptoms of erectile dysfunction. For example, a decrease in sexual desire is also considered to be an issue brought about by EDS.
What can Erectile Dysfunction Signify?
Although EDS may be seen as humiliating, it is important to visit a doctor to be screened for other health issues. This is because EDS is usually a sign that points to other health issues that are far more grave. For example, erectile dysfunction can serve as the body’s early warning sign that the person is at risk or currently experiencing coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease. It can also be a sign of diabetes.
Erectile problems can also be linked to anxiety, whilst issues such as the curving of the penis can be a sign of Peyronie’s disease.
Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction
One of the first treatments for EDS is to eliminate any or change any lifestyle factors that can be affecting one’s ability to become and remain erect. This may be things such as the cessation of smoking and any substance abuse, change of diet especially in obese persons, and a change of any prescriptions or OTC drugs that a person may be taking (certain anti-depressants have the EDS as a side effect).
These days, due to the advancement of technology in the medical field, there are also already medications available that can be taken orally so one can get rid of EDS. These drugs usually must be prescribed by a medical professional due to some counter-indications. It is necessary to follow the instructions for these types of drugs, otherwise one might encounter priapism or a constant erection that cannot subside (a dangerous condition that can result in penile amputation).
In some cases, ICIT or intracavernous therapy is necessary. ICIT is a treatment where substances that increase blood flow are injected into penile structures.
One of the oldest treatment options for EDS is through the use of mechanical devices. For example, VCDT or vacuum constriction device therapy. This is a treatment wherein a vacuum is used in order to increase the flow of blood the penis, effectively aiding an erection.
Surgery may also be used as a treatment—in order to correct an issue that is interfering with erection, or in order to insert a prosthesis to produce the erection.
If the reason behind the EDS is psychological, it may also be imperative to seek advice from a psychologist or psychiatrist who can provide psychosexual therapy.