Impotence, while not a life-threatening condition in itself, is not to be taken lightly. It is worth being aware that erectile dysfunction can actually herald fatal health problems.
Whether the cause is simple or serious, a proper diagnosis can help address any underlying medical issues and help resolve sexual problems.
Some of the most common medical causes include:
Numerous prescription drugs can also cause erectile dysfunction. Anyone taking prescription drugs should consult with their doctor before stopping or changing medications:
In rare cases, a man may have always had erectile dysfunction and may never achieve an erection. This is called primary erectile dysfunction, and the cause is almost always psychological if there is no obvious anatomical deformity or physiological problem. Such psychological factors may include: guilt, fear of intimacy, depression, severe anxiety.
The type of medical professional who treats ED will depend on the cause of the problem. Based on your medical history and current health, your doctor may treat you with oral medications (Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, Kamagra).
If these options fail, you may be referred to a urologist who can help with other non-surgical options, such as a vacuum device or injections, or surgical treatment options. If necessary, your doctor may also refer you to a psychologist who specializes in sexual dysfunction.
ED can be treated in many ways, including through:
The first step to treating erectile dysfunction is to find the cause. Then the appropriate treatment can begin. There are many non-surgical and surgical options that can help a man regain normal sexual function.
For those who are at risk for erectile dysfunction due to personal behaviors (diet, sports, etc.), steps can be taken to try to prevent its occurrence. However, other causes cannot be prevented.
Many studies now suggest a link between erectile dysfunction and obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
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