Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a condition that affects almost all men at some point in their lives. Isolated incidents are best ignored, but if you notice difficulty in having sex over a longer period, go ahead and contact your doctor. Consulting a specialist is always a better idea than trying to work out the problem on your own. The doctor will explore the reasons for your ED and advise you on the correct course of treatment. Do keep in mind that ED is typically a symptom of other medical or psychological issues. And, treating the root causes resolves the problem quickly.
Your Doctor Will Begin by Exploring the Causes
When you visit the doctor, it is best that you talk about erectile dysfunction openly. You may also want to ask your partner to be present and cover all the details you may overlook.
Here are some of the questions you may answer:
- How long have you been noticing ED?
- Do you have an erection when you wake in the morning or when masturbating?
- Is the strength adequate for penetration? Or, so you lose the stiffness during sex?
- Are you facing problems with the urge to have intercourse?
- Do you smoke, drink, or use recreational drugs?
- Have you recently had any life-altering situations that may cause undue stress and anxiety?
- How is your relationship with your partner? Do you have problems as a couple?
- What are the medications you’ve been taking? Are you taking any off-prescription herbal drugs?
- Have you lately been diagnosed with any health issues?
Erectile Dysfunction Can Have Various Causes
Once you answer the questions, your doctor will be able to identify the physical or psychological issues that prevent you from having normal intercourse with your partner.
- Health causes can include diabetes, hardening of the arteries, and high blood pressure. If you’re aged 40 years and above, hormone imbalances like low testosterone levels can also cause ED. An overactive or underactive thyroid may also be responsible for the condition. Your doctor will likely run blood tests to look for the particular issues and advise you with the correct medications.
- Psychological causes can include extreme stress, insomnia, anxiety, and depression because of which you may lose interest in intercourse. Counseling and couple’s therapy could help you release some of the stress and get back feelings of intimacy with your partner.
- Physical causes can include an enlarged prostate or nerve damage because of an injury. Simple tests like a physical exam and ultrasound help diagnose the problem.
A Customized Treatment Plan Can Help ED
Every man who has erectile dysfunction may have a specific cause or combination of factors that result in the condition. It is best to consult an expert doctor who’ll identify the causes and help you. For instance, you may need medication or eliminate some of the medication you’ve been taking. One of the most innovative, non-invasive options available in recent times is high frequency, low-intensity soundwaves that improve blood circulation and stimulate the development of new blood vessels.
With the right treatment plan, you should be able to reverse ED and regain the intimacy you shared with your partner. Contact your specialist and ask about the best options available to you.