Living with erectile dysfunction (ED) can be very difficult to bear. For starters, ED is capable of ruining relationships and destroying a man’s confidence in their own bedrooms. To make it worse, its effects far beyond the bedroom, invading the lives of those suffering from it. It’s not uncommon for men suffering from ED to develop various psychological and behavioral disorders; after all, one of the main cornerstones of being men has been taken away from them.
However, having ED doesn’t necessarily mean they have to live with this condition for the rest of their lives. Thanks to medicine, there are ways to get back their lives and relive their youth once again without any performance issues. In order to do that, here are the steps that need to be taken to treat ED.
Get a Medical Assessment
As terrifying as the idea of getting help can be for most men, the first step in solving the issue lies in admitting it exists to the professionals. This is the best and surest way they can get the right kind of treatment without causing any secondary damage. Without seeking professional help, men suffering from ED might be tempted to do some online research and follow untrusted advice from anonymous sources. This advice can point them toward products or supplements that can cause more harm than good. Additionally, their ED might be a symptom of another condition or medication that needs addressing, which is why a medical opinion is crucial to get.
After visiting the doctor, they’ll probably take the following steps to reach a diagnosis:
- A physical exam, during which the doctor will examine the penis, testicles, and nerve function.
- Blood tests to check for underlying conditions and diseases that might be causing ED. A blood test will show if there’s any heart disease, low T level, or any other concerning conditions.
- Urine analysis, which will also show if there are any signs of diabetes or other underlying causes of ED.
- Ultrasound to examine the blood flow surrounding the penis.
- A psychological exam to identify any psychological conditions that may be causing ED.
Depending on the findings of the medical assessment, the doctor will make the diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. It’s important to understand that ED can result from various causes and conditions and that the same treatment might not work for two different men. It’s common to start the treatment course with the safest and most conservative options, leaving extreme measures as a last resort. After laying out the treatment options, the patients get to choose the ones they and their partners are most comfortable with.
There are various treatment options when it comes to ED. Here are the most commonly used options:
1. Medications & Drugs
The first step of treatment is prescribing medications since it’s the safest and most convenient option. However, there are still many options when it comes to medications, which can be summed up as follows:
a. Oral Medications
Taking oral medications is usually the first course of treatment that physicians prescribe for their ED patients. Owing to their efficacy, convenience, and safety, taking pills to treat ED is widely popular among the patients. The fact that it does the job to a great extent also leaves them (and their partners) happy and satisfied. However, depending on the severity of the case, ED pills might not work for all patients. They also impose certain side effects and cannot be used in certain conditions.
Another option is to administer an injection into the base of the penis. While they do their job in getting an erection and maintaining it for no longer than an hour, they can also cause side effects. Needless to mention, not all men will be comfortable with sticking a needle into their manhood.
Inserting a urethral suppository may be less scary than piercing the penis with a needle, but, while still effective, it’s not as effective as getting the medication in the form of injection. Needless to mention, it’s still an uncomfortable experience.
d. Hormone Replacement Therapy
On the other hand, ED might be a symptom of decreased testosterone levels. In these cases, the doctor may start the patient on testosterone replacement therapy to address the shortage. It’s usually sufficient to get rid of the ED effectively.
2. Penis Pumps
If medications didn’t work, or in case the patient has different preferences, then using a penis pump can prove to be a great option. Penis pumps work by mechanical stimulation, where a tube is placed on the penis and the air is relieved from the tube creating vacuum pressure. This pressure helps in getting the blood flowing to the penis creating an erection, after which a tension ring is placed around the base of the penis to keep the blood in place. It’s an effective way of maintaining erections and delaying ejaculation, some men even use it in increasing the size and girth of their penises.
3. Penile Implants & ED Surgery
There are certain cases in which more extreme measures should be taken. In such cases, many opt for getting a penile implant, whether inflatable or bendable, to help with their ED problems. In cases where ED is caused by damaged blood vessels and decreased blood flow, ED surgery may be necessary.
Make Lifestyle Changes
Even if the treatment worked, suffering from ED should be a wake-up call to make some lifestyle changes. Whether the ED has resulted from an underlying condition, psychological issues, or poor habits, making beneficial changes will not only help you in overcoming your ED problems, but it will also improve your life quality generally. These changes can be in the form of squeezing daily exercise sessions in your routine, quitting smoking, avoiding overeating, or seeking useful counseling to get your life back on track.
ED starts in the bedroom, usually to be shaken off the first couple of times with an awkward joke about not being in the mood. As it keeps progressing, it can start consuming the soul of whoever is suffering from it. The first step to solving this issue is to get a medical assessment, after which the doctor will help you in treating this troublesome condition. Moreover, making the necessary lifestyle changes will ensure you get the most out of your treatment.