It is more common in older men, however, according to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study about 40% of men at age 40 experience some degree of inability to maintain or even have an erection. This number grossly increases to 70% of men by age 70 are affected by erectile dysfunction. The good news is that ED can be treated at any age.
There are a few names for this common dysfunction including ED, impotence and most common is simply erectile dysfunction. ED can occur with or without other sexual dysfunctions including troubles achieving an orgasm, decreased libido, orgasmic dysfunction and ejaculatory dysfunction which can include pain with ejaculation and lack of ejaculation.
Typically, erectile dysfunction is self-diagnosed and due to the nature of this dysfunction many men indulge in home remedies to resolve the problem. The concern with self-treatment is the risk of overlooking what may be causing erectile dysfunction. There are significant health concerns to consider that may be masked but are showing in other ways including erectile dysfunction.
High blood pressure, atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, diabetes mellitus, nerve or spinal cord damage, side effects from medication, pelvic radiation, depression, alcoholism or other drug abuse, Peyronie’s Disease and low testosterone can all cause erectile dysfunction. Without seeking medical attention from a licensed practitioner, a person suffering from ED may not know he could be suffering from a more serious health condition.
Taking the first step and making an appointment with a licensed health practitioner to discuss erectile dysfunction can be a huge step for improving one’s health. Not only can it be lifesaving but it can also save one’s relationship. The stress of suffering from ED alone can cause depression, self-doubt and a lack of self confidence in some men. A health practitioner will be able to assess the dysfunction and propose a treatment plan. It’s quite possible that prescription medications could be the root of the problem. Did you know erectile dysfunction can be caused from blood pressure medications, antidepressants, chemotherapy drugs, narcotic pain pills and cold medications that contain decongestants and antihistamines? In these cases a medical doctor can offer alternatives for medications.
There are several medications on the market that claim to treat erectile dysfunction including Levitra, Viagra, Staxyn, Stendra and Cialis. The media outlets run rampant with advertisements for these drugs, however, often-times there are better options for treatment that offer more long term benefits. Typically, people don’t realize there are several components involved in achieving an erection, this is where consulting with a medical doctor can be most beneficial. For a man to not only achieve an erection but to sustain one, at least one of the following is required:
1) Healthy arteries in and near the corpora cavernosa (spongy tissue that has muscles, fibrous tissues, veins, and arteries within it) that bring increase blood flow into the penis when stimulated. Healthy muscles and fibrous tissues are also needed in this area that can distend to allow the penis to fill with blood
2) A healthy nervous system that sends nerve impulses in the brain, penis and spinal column
3) Adequate levels of nitric oxide in the penis
4) Capacity for compression of the veins so this requires normal-functioning tunica albuginea which is a layer of tissue that surrounds the corpora
There is plenty of science behind the male anatomy to achieving an erection. Any dysfunction warrants a visit to a licensed health practitioner as opposed to using over the counter medication. We encourage men to no be embarrassed by what is a very common problem. As we age the body changes but your lifestyle and happiness should not be compromised and neither should your sex life. At the Indianapolis Men’s Clinic, all appointments are strictly confidential. We offer an all-male-staff, our waiting area offers sports televisions and men’s interest magazines.
Appointments are short and our doctors offer a consultative approach to treating erectile dysfunction as well as low testosterone, premature ejaculation and Peyronie’s Disease. If you are suffering from ED, Low T or other male sexual dysfunctions we invite you to call our Carmel, Indiana men’s health clinic at 317-689-0252 or schedule an appointment online