Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction

If you have erectile dysfunction, you’re not alone. One million Aussie men currently experience it, and it affects over 150 million men worldwide. While it might be unpleasant to deal with, the good thing to know is it can be treated.

Causes of erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by physical or medical conditions, and psychological factors may also play a part. Everything from your brain, hormones, emotions, and nerves to your muscles, and blood vessels can have an impact on your sexual arousal. And although the risk of erectile dysfunction grows with age, being younger doesn’t mean you’re protected from getting it.

Causes of erectile dysfunction include physical causes such as ageing, alcohol, some medicines, and smoking, alcoholism or other substance abuse. Medical conditions like diabetes, prostate disease, and high blood pressure can also contribute to erectile dysfunction. If you have an underactive thyroid gland, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease, this could also be causing your erectile dysfunction.

Peyronie’s disease, or scar tissue inside the penis, is also a potential cause of erectile dysfunction, along with sleep disorders, spinal cord injuries, and surgeries that affect the pelvic area. Clogged blood vessels, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, and hormone imbalances are some of the other possible physical or medical causes behind erectile dysfunction. If you have poor circulation, this could be contributing to your erectile dysfunction. Even having a sedentary lifestyle and eating a poor diet can affect your ability to have and sustain an erection.

For a detailed understanding of the causes of erectile dysfunction read our blog post.

Coping with erectile dysfunction

Even as you address erectile dysfunction with lifestyle changes, you’ll want to manage it with some mental strategies as well. Communicate with your partner and give yourself time and space to deal with it.

  • Avoid dwelling on it – Avoid dwelling on the issue as anxiety can cause erectile dysfunction or even make it worse, especially if you’re worried about it during sex. Stay focused on what you can do to manage or prevent it, not the problem itself.
  • Stay focused – When you’re intimate with your partner, don’t become distracted with the possibility of erectile dysfunction. Stay focused on the moment and be mindful of what’s happening now, not what could happen.
  • Treat depression – Depression could be a cause of erectile dysfunction, and if you have it, consider getting it treated.
  • Limit pornography – Pornography can desensitise you to real-life sex, so consider limiting or eliminating the use of pornographic content in your life.
  • Communicate with your partner – Keep your partner informed with what’s happening, and accept your partner’s help and support. Make sure you reassure your partner that the problem isn’t about him or her so your partner isn’t blaming himself or herself. Have open conversations about your sex life, any dissatisfaction, and concerns.
  • Support yourself – It’s common for men with erectile dysfunction to experience a range of emotions such as anger, insecurity, and frustration, so give yourself time and space as you get treatment and learn to manage it. Be patient with the process, and stay positive.
  • Therapy – If psychological issues are behind your erectile dysfunction, talk to a therapist. A mental health professional can help you work out what the underlying psychological issues could be. Going to counselling with your partner could also be helpful.

Erectile dysfunction treatment options

Talking to a doctor is the most important first step you can take. It allows you to access expert advice and possibly have your erectile dysfunction resolved as soon as possible. Changing your lifestyle and using mental strategies can help, but oral medication is another option that could help. Oral medication is the most popular form of treatment for erectile dysfunction, and these medications typically work with your body’s own chemical compounds to relax the muscles in the penis. This in turn increases blood flow and supports erections.

Oral medication is effective in about 70% of cases, helping you increase blood flow and achieve a firmer and longer-lasting erection. A range of different medications could be available to you, so talk to a doctor about what’s appropriate for you. By speaking to an online doctor from Doctors on Demand, you can access emotional and professional support. With our service, one of our online doctors can help you identify the underlying causes from the privacy of your own home.

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