Erectile dysfunction (E.D.) is defined as the inability to achieve an erection which is hard enough and which maintains itself long enough to complete sexual intercourse satisfactorily. In other words, if your penis does not become rigid enough to allow vaginal penetration, you are suffering from Erectile Dysfunction.
If you are highly motivated to resume sexual activity on a regular basis, are willing to learn new techniques and methods to help the situation and have the required conviction in the process which you undergo, then there is every chance that you will be successful in treating this problem.
Cause of Erectile Dysfunction can include:
- Poor nutrition
- Obesity, poor lifestyle e.g. smoking, chronic recreational drugs, excess alcohol and lack of exercise
- Certain prescription drugs including antidepressants and some anti-hypertensives
- Stress,anxiety or depression ( this accounts for 10-20% of men suffering with Erectile Dysfunction)
- Natural ageing process
Erectile Dysfunction Treatments include:
- Those with psychological factors may benefit from a referral to a psyco-sexual counsellor.
- Surgery is available where a device is placed in the penis and inflated before sexual intercourse. Of course, there is a risk of infection.
- Vacuum devices which cause a partial vacuum and draw blood into the penis thus engorging and expanding it.
- MUSE which is inserted deep into the urethra and is effective within 8-10 minutes and its effects last 30-60 minutes. Common side effects include aching and burning in the penis and testicles or bleeding from the urethra.
- Caverjet is another treatment. It has to be injected into the body of the penis before sexual activity.
- Current Oral medications work in various ways and include Uprima, Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.
- Uprima works on the brain and nervous system to trigger an erection.
- Viagra increases blood supply to the penis thus causing an erection and is usually taken 30-60 minutes before sexual activity.
- Cialis also increases blood supply to the penis and is supposed to work for 24 hours. It can be taken 30 minutes to 12 hours before sexual activity.
- Levitra also increases blood supply to the penis and should be taken 25-60 minutes before sexual activity. It can be taken with or without food.
Further information will be provided during your consultation, treatment will vary from patient to patient, due to the nature of this procedure.
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