Once you’ve visited your doctor and officially been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, it’s time to start going over treatment options. As the underlying causes of ED can vary, it’s important to choose the solution that’s best for your specific condition. Read on as we look at some of the options available.
Sometimes improving one’s lifestyle is enough to offset the physical conditions that can cause ED. Exercise, improved diet, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol use will lower your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and other risk factors. You should also take steps to get more sleep and reduce the amount stress in your life. If your ED is more psychological in nature, your doctor may recommend therapy, or even couples therapy for relationship problems.
Medications, drugs and herbs
If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, it’s time to look at other options. By now you’ve surely seen advertisements for ED medications such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. These drugs increase blood flow to the penis, but can also cause side effects such as nasal congestion, headaches, facial flushing and dizziness. They also aren’t safe for men who have had strokes or who currently have uncontrolled diabetes. Other options include testosterone supplements and erection-inducing injections, which have their own set of potential side effects such as acne, breast enlargement, increased urination and scarring. Natural herbs and hormones such as ginseng, DHEA and L-Arginine have been shown to be effective in some men.
Stimulators and pumps are another treatment option. Vacuum constriction devices such as the Spartan are designed to stimulate the pelvic nerves, and pull blood into the penis before intercourse. Meanwhile, the Viberect® stimulation system triggers the nerve reflexes that control erections by releasing a specific frequency. These and many other devices are designed to be noninvasive. They can also be used for strengthening and rehabilitation if your erectile function has been reduced by prostate cancer treatments or a spinal cord injury.
With so many potential reasons for developing ED, there is no universally effective solution. As such, you and your doctor may need to try multiple treatments before finding the best long-term option. When lifestyle changes and medications aren’t the answer, consider Urology Health Store Canada's selection of vacuum systems, pumps, stimulators and pelvic training programs!