Ways to Treat Erectile Dysfunction
An erection is the result of increased blood flow into the penis, and is a normal part of life. Blood flow is usually stimulated by either sexual thoughts or direct contact with the penis.
When a man becomes sexually excited, muscles in the penis relax. This relaxation allows for increased blood flow through the penile arteries. This blood fills two chambers inside the penis called the corpora cavernosa. As the chambers fill with blood, the penis grows rigid. Erection ends when the muscles contract and the accumulated blood can flow out through the penile veins.
What is Erectile Dysfunction? (ED)
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a man’s inability to maintain an erection for sexual activity. According to the Cleveland Clinic, as many as 52 percent of men experience erectile dysfunction. There are more than three million cases of ED per year. As a man, having this psychological or physiological condition can cause stress, relationship strain, and low self-confidence.
Patients suffering from erectile dysfunction should first be evaluated for any underlying physical and psychological conditions. If treatment of the underlying conditions doesn’t help, medications and assistive devices, such as pumps, can be prescribed.
ED can occur because of problems at any stage of the erection process. For example, the penile arteries may be too damaged to open properly and allow blood in. While this can be a very personal problem, it may be the result of a more serious health concern, so seeing a doctor is important.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction can include:
· Cardiovascular disease
· Damage from cancer or surgery
· Relationship problems
· Drug use
· Alcohol use
How is Erectile Dysfunction treated?
ED is a treatable condition, and there are several ED treatments available. The type of treatment generally depends on the underlying cause of ED, so finding the cause of dysfunction is an important part of the process. Treatments for ED range from counseling and lifestyle changes to drugs and surgery. If you suffer from ED, it is important to talk to your doctor. A doctor can help identify the cause of your ED and figure out the most appropriate treatment.
Since it can be embarrassing to discuss erectile dysfunction, many men look for treatment options online. However, not all treatments are safe for all men. Using home remedies might be dangerous, and you should not self-prescribe for ED. In addition, many of the treatments available on the Internet are scams. They may not help your ED, and could damage your health.
If you have or may think you are suffering from Erectile Dysfunction, call Dr. Richard Natale at (704)-787-5779 to request an appointment.