Although erectile dysfunction (ED) is something that most men are embarrassed about, it is treatable in most men that experience it. There are a variety of reasons that men may experience ED, and virtually all men have experienced it at least once in their lives. Essentially, ED is the term used to describe the instance or instances that men are unable to achieve an erection, or to maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. There are a variety of treatment options out there for men with this condition and even severe cases of ED can be treated. If you are a man that experiences ED, you should seek the advice and treatment of your doctor. ED can be the cause of a greater problem, such as an enlarged prostate or low testosterone.
One treatment option for ED is testosterone. Not only can testosterone increase your libido, it can also increase the levels of testosterone in your body, which can solve your ED problem. In many cases, a prostate exam and testosterone treatment are the first treatments that are implemented. The testosterone can either be administered through an injection similar to a vaccination or it can be applied to the skin in a cream. While the injection is a quicker treatment option, the cream is administered to the skin once or more a day.
Another treatment option for ED is intracavernosal injections, such as alprostadil, phentolamine, and papverine hydrochloride. These medications are injected directly into the corpora cavernosa to increase blood flow to the penis, allowing the man to achieve and maintain an erection. These medications are usually used with other medications to counteract the side effects of the medication. Some of the common side effects can include severe pain, scarring of the penis, and a higher risk of developing priapism. Priapsm happens when the penis is erect for more than four hours straight, quickly turning the situation into an emergency. If the penis is erect for more than four hours, men should immediately go to local emergency room or you could cause permanent damage to the penis.
Oral phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors are another treatment option for men that experience ED. PDE5 inhibitors are more widely recognized as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, since there are many men who use this treatment effectively for ED. PDE5 inhibitors work by increasing bloodflow into the penis, and decreasing blood flow out of the penis. Essentially, they trap the blood in the penis, allowing the man to achieve and maintain an erection. These medications are usually taken by mouth about an hour before they expect to have sex, so they are usually not part of a daily regimen of medications, unless it is recommended by the doctor prescribing them. There are a few mild side effects that are somewhat common in men that take these medications, such as headache, blurred vision, and upset stomach. If these side effects are more than mild, the doctor may suggest another treatment option with less intense side effects.
One more treatment option for men with ED is intraurethral suppositories, which are pellets that are inserted into the urethra. This is not a popular treatment option for most men because of the side effects that can be quite severe, such as pain in the penis and testicles, urethral bleeding, dizziness and vaginal itching in the man’s sexual partner. When this treatment option is administered, the man should remain standing after administering the medication in increase blood flow to the penis, allowing them to achieve and maintain an erection for sexual activity. A man that is using this treatment option should avoid using this medication while their partner is pregnant because it can cause uterine contractions in her, causing premature labor, which can be dangerous for both the fetus and the woman.
While it can be embarrassing, ED is something that should be discussed with a doctor because it could be the first sign of something more serious, such as prostate enlargement, or even prostate cancer, or low testosterone. There are many treatment options available, making it possible to get treated successfully for this condition.