What is Erectile Dysfunction or ED?
Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is inability to get an erection or problem keeping an erection firm enough for sex and/or a reduced sexual desire that usually affects your self confidence and causes stress, and relationship problems, frequently creating an issue for you or your partner.
How is E D diagnosed?
A medical history and a physical exam are all that’s needed before a doctor is ready to recommend a treatment. Common tests for possible underlying problems may include:
- Blood tests to check for signs of heart disease, diabetes, low testosterone, hormone levels and other health problems.
- Simple urine tests to look for signs of diabetes and other underlying health conditions
How do you Treat E D?
This is often effective for treating erectile dysfunction. Hormonal changes that occur with age can decrease a man’s ability to have or sustain an erection. This type of treatment involves an injection of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) that causes the stem cells to become mobilized and growth factors to stimulate tissue regeneration. Tissue regeneration means more blood flow, more sensitivity, and better erections.
Testosterone declines with age and ED can be a side effect of low testosterone. The penis has testosterone receptors and proper hormone levels are required to achieve increased in blood flow into the penis and firmer erections.
These are taken daily or up to 60 minutes before sexual intercourse. However, these medication don’t work for everyone and are a temporary fix, generally lasting a few hours to a full day. These results vary from person to person.
CAUSES OF ED
MALE SEXUAL AROUSAL IS AN INTRICATE PROCESS THAT INVOLVES THE BRAIN, HORMONES, EMOTIONS, NERVES, SEXUAL AROUSAL, MUSCLES AND BLOOD VESSELS. ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION CAN RESULT FROM A PROBLEM WITH ANY OF THESE. IN MOST CASES, ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION IS CAUSED BY SOMETHING PHYSICAL. SPECIFIC CAUSES OTHER THAN DIABETES ARE:
- HEART DISEASE, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE
- METABOLIC SYNDROME (A CONDITION INVOLVING INCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE, HIGH INSULIN LEVELS, BODY FAT AROUND THE WAIST AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL
- OBESITY, INFLAMMATION
- LOW TESTOSTERONE
- TOBACCO; ALCOHOLISM AND OTHER DRUG ABUSE
- PEYRONIE’S DISEASE (DEVELOPMENT OF SCAR TISSUE INSIDE THE PENIS)
- SURGERIES OR INJURIES THAT AFFECT THE PELVIC AREA OR SPINAL CORD
- MEDICATIONS SUCH AS ANTIDEPRESSANTS, ANTIHISTAMINES AND MEDICATIONS TO TREAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, PAIN OR PROSTATE CANCER.
- EMOTIONAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES CAN INTERFERE WITH SEXUAL FEELINGS AND CAUSE OR WORSEN ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION.
- DEPRESSION, ANXIETY OR OTHER MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS
- PROBLEMS DUE TO STRESS, FATIGUE, RELATIONSHIPS, WORK, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, FIBROMYALGIA