What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse.
What Causes erectile dysfunction?
Physical causes include:
- narrowing of the blood vessels going to the penis – commonly associated with high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol or diabetes ( high sugar)
- hormonal problems
- surgery or injury
Psychological causes of ED include:
- relationship problems
What is the treatment?
Treating underlying conditions
If your ED is caused by an underlying health condition, such as heart disease or diabetes, that condition may need to be treated first before treatment for ED can begin. In some cases, treating the underlying cause may also resolve the problem of ED.
If you are taking a medication that can cause ED and changing to alternative medicine can cure the problem
The symptoms of ED can often be improved by making changes to your lifestyle. You can reduce your risk of ED by:
losing weight if you are overweight
Giving up smoking
moderating your alcohol consumption
not taking illegal drugs
Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors
Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors are one of the most widely used and effective types of medication for treating ED. They work by temporarily increasing the blood flow to your penis.
sildenafil –brand name Viagra
tadalafil – brand name Cialis
verdenafil brand name levitra
A vacuum pump is another treatment method for ED. It consists of a clear plastic tube that is connected to a pump, which is either hand or battery operated.
This is a synthetic (man-made) hormone that helps to stimulate blood flow to the penis in two different root
an injection directly into your penis – this is called an intracavernosal injection
a small pellet placed inside your urethra (the tube that carries urine from your bladder to the tip of your penis) – this is called urethral application
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT
Some complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, have claimed to treat ED. However, there is little evidence that they are useful