Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that affects many men worldwide, and it’s their inability to achieve and maintain firm erections for a satisfactory sexual intercourse. How can I treat this health problem? That is the common question many male patients affected by impotence ask.
How Doctors Treat Male Impotence
Nowadays, there are many effective treatments for erectile dysfunction. The first thing that doctors do is make sure their patients get the right treatment of underlying health conditions. Based on them and severity and causes of impotence, men can have different treatment options. Doctors explain all the pros and cons involved in each one.
- Sildenafil citrate;
They all work enhancing nitric oxide effects in the body, thus, relaxing penile muscles, increasing the blood flow to this area, and allowing men to achieve strong and lasting erections. Before their intake, discuss possible side effects, interactions, and other important facts with doctors.
There are other drugs and methods to treat erectile dysfunction, such as:
- Alprostadil self-injections into penile tissues;
- Alprostadil urethral suppositories;
- Testosterone replacement;
- Penis implants, pumps, and surgery.
If meds aren’t appropriate and effective, and patients require radical treatments, doctors usually recommend one of the following options:ta
- Penis pumps, either hand or battery powered;
- Penile implants (consist of either bendable or inflatable rods).
Penile implants involve surgical procedures so that they’re recommended only if other methods didn’t work.
Other Modern ED Treatment Alternatives
According to recent studies, exercises can improve erectile dysfunction, but they aren’t suitable for men with heart diseases. If this condition is caused by depression, anxiety, and stress, men should visit counselors or psychologists. Finally, some patients have erectile issues because of unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking, obesity, or excessive alcohol. They should quit these habits to improve their condition.