How To Treat Erectile Dysfunction?

In Diagnosis & Treatment by Dr. Clinton Osborn

More than 18 million men over the age of 20 in the United States are diagnosed with erectile dysfunction (ED), according to John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. That’s 18% of the US’ male population. Men older than the age of 70 are more likely to have erectile dysfunction than younger men. Keep in mind that’s only 5% of men between 20 to 40 years old that have erectile dysfunction. 

The most concerning part is that 50% of men with diabetes have ED, and 90% of men with ED have either hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, or are a current smoker.

Because of the prevalence of ED in the male population, it’s essential to get help immediately. Fortunately, GuruMD has board-certified physicians that can conduct an interview, send lab results, diagnose, and prescribe the proper medication to treat ED. Since this can be embarrassing to some patients, seeing a doctor online at home can be more comfortable and convenient.

Understanding the treatment and management of ED can reduce stress and anxiety about this condition. With that in mind, here is some valuable information about erectile dysfunction and how to treat it.

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How Does An Erection Work?

Before getting into details about ED, it’s essential to understand how an erection works. During sexual stimulation, the nerves in the genital region release nitric oxide to dilate the blood vessel to increase blood flow to the penis. The blood will flow into the corpus cavernosum, which are spongy muscle tissue that is responsible for an erection. 

During an erection, these tissues would trap the blood and relax the muscles resulting in an erection. When the individual orgasms, the second nerve signal transfers to the penis to cause the muscular tissue to contract, which results in the blood releasing back into the circulation to calm down the erection.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

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Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a prevalent sexual issue that men often experience. ED is the trouble in keeping or getting an erection during sexual activity. It can happen from time to time, but it gets concerning if it occurs progressively and daily. 

There are a variety of factors that can affect an erection, such as stress and emotional problems, decreased blood flow to the penis, and chronic issues such as diabetes, hypertension, or atherosclerosis. 

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What Are The Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

The main symptoms of ED are:

  • Trouble keeping an erection
  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Reduce sexual desire

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Common Causes

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Over the age of 50
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

Physical Causes

  • Lack of blood flow to the penis
  • Nerve damage
  • Cancer treatment near the pelvic region
  • Medication side effects
  • The penis cannot trap blood during an erection
  • Diabetic neuropathy which entails the deterioration of small vessels within the penis.

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Emotional Causes

  • Relationship conflicts
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Worrying about sexual performance
  • Social problems
  • Religious conflict
  • Cultural issues.

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How to Diagnose Erectile Dysfunction?

Before managing erectile dysfunction, it’s essential to obtain the proper diagnosis. For example, a doctor from GuruMD will interview the patient to ask about their medical history, such as chronic illnesses or what medication they are currently taking.

Keep in mind that diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol can damage blood vessels or nerves resulting in ED. Medications such as beta-blockers or antidepressants can cause ED.

 The healthcare provider will also ask about urinary issues, health problems, alcohol usage, smoking, surgery/radiation, recreational drugs, or any prescription medication. 

The doctor will also want to know if the ED is associated with a physical or emotional factor. They would ask the patient if he was able to obtain an erection in the morning or not. If the patient experiences an erection in the morning, then this may indicate an emotional problem. However, the lack of morning erection would mean a physical issue.

 If the problem is emotional, the healthcare provider would ask questions about stress, anxiety, relationship with a partner, satisfaction of sex life, and potential mental disorders. 

If it’s a physical problem, the physician at GuruMD may order a blood test and urine sample to check for other issues such as low testosterone levels, a high blood sugar level, or an infection. They may request an ultrasound to check for blood flow, imaging exam for potential trauma or cancer, or other pertinent exams.

How to Treat Erectile Dysfunction?

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The treatment of erectile dysfunction depends on the underlying cause. If the problem is with medication side effects, the doctor will have to provide an alternative medication. If the patient is a chronic smoker, then consultation about smoking habits and quitting would be the best choice. Cardiovascular issues would entail a discussion about lifestyle modification and taking the proper medication. If the ED is due to low testosterone hormone, then testosterone supplements or injection would be required.

Emotional problems would require both therapy and appropriate medication to reduce erectile dysfunction. GuruMD doctors can help the patient manage ED by prescribing PDE5 inhibitor medications such as Levitra, Cialis, Viagra, Or Stendra to improve blood flow to the penis. Keep in mind that the PDE5 inhibitor should not be taken with nitrate drugs to avoid headaches, dizziness, and low blood pressure. Viagra also has side effects such as the stuffy nose, headaches, flushing, and blue/green vision. 

That is why it’s essential to follow up with GuruMD physicians to ensure that the medication is working correctly. 

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Erectile dysfunction usually happens to men at the age of 50 or older, but it can also occur in younger individuals. There are typically other underlying factors that can cause ED, which is why it’s essential to see a healthcare provider for a consultation. 

Since ED can be embarrassing, people can talk to a doctor online with GuruMD to get the proper diagnosis, treatment, and consultation to get rid of their erectile dysfunction.

With GuruMD, people can now obtain appropriate management for their ED at the privacy of their own homes.

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