It's natural to freak out when erectile dysfunction happens, and it’s never at a convenient time... ever. However, in some way you can find comfort in knowing that you are one of the millions of men who deal with ED. In fact, it is something that you’re likely to experience more as you get older.
Yes, it's enough to get you in a panic in all the wrong ways, but there are some things you can do to treat ED and continue an active sex life.
Finding the Source
There are many sources for erectile dysfunction, and if you want to treat yours effectively, you need to think about the cause. Are you a highly stressed person? Do you lead a healthy lifestyle? How active are you in general and what type of diet do you have?
It's not just age and a decrease in testosterone that will cause ED, though those can be large contributing factors, especially if you are over 40. The first step in finding a solution is consulting with your Philadelphia urologist.
Diagnosing the Issue
The first things you’ll need to address in regards to erectile problems are any physical issues, which often cause ED or make it worse. These include:
- Alcohol, tobacco or recreational drug use
- Cardiac problems (for 30 percent of men, erectile dysfunction is often the first symptom of cardiovascular disease)
- Prescription medicines
- Prostate issues
- Diabetes or other chronic conditions
If you and your urologist determine that none of these physical issues are a problem for you, it will be time to do some testing to get you a diagnosis before treatment can begin.
Finding Your Solution
Erectile dysfunction is complex and can have many interconnected parts. It can be exacerbated by psychological troubles, such as stress at work or home, as well as physical issues.
There is no specific treatment that is guaranteed to work for everyone when it comes to erectile dysfunction. However, there are a lot of good options for men experiencing these problems. Treatments for ED can range from over-the-counter preparations, Testosterone Replacement Therapy and oral prescription medications (i.e. Viagra, Levitra, Cialis and now Staxyn) to Vacuum Erection Devices, Penile Injection Therapy and Penile Implants.
The best way to find the treatment that is best for you is to talk to a urologist. I would be very happy to discuss the evaluation and best treatment options for your ED. Call 215-563-1199 to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.