A man’s incapability to get and maintain an erection is a condition called male impotence or erectile dysfunction. In times past it was viewed as a psychological condition, but modern medical breakthroughs have discovered that a great number of cases are due to physical problems. It is normal for all men to get occasional erectile dysfunction episodes. The condition would need a doctor’s help if it becomes an ongoing erectile dysfunction.
Depression and anxiety were the psychological complications that were believed to cause erectile dysfunction. Studies now show that out of 10 cases, only 1 case will be diagnosed as a psychological reason for acquiring erectile dysfunction.
The rule of the thumb applied to erectile dysfunction would be: when ED has happened gradually for a long period of time taking months or years, an underlying medical condition would be the most likely cause; if erection still happen in the morning or in masturbation but not with a sex partner, the condition could be psychological.
Non-invasive treatments are usually the most popular first-line treatments that doctors opt for such as pills. It is only changed to other options if this type of treatment fails to treat erectile dysfunction in the patient.
It has been found that medications work very well in 70 percent of erectile dysfunction cases. These drugs are PDE-5 inhibitors which are aptly named as they inhibit an action of an enzyme found in the penis leading to an increased and positive response to a sexual stimulation. Some of the best brands include Levitra, Viagra, and Cialis.
The tablets are recommended to be taken orally an hour before an expected sexual activity. It is Cialis who offers a different approach as it can be taken daily on a lower dosage which can add spontaneity to the sexual act. Fatty meals and alcohol should be avoided when these drugs are used as they may not be easily absorbed in the body.
Medications always come with side effects and the common ones when PDE-5 inhibitor drugs are used would include indigestion, facial flushing, headaches, and stuffy and runny nose. Even when these different brands function similarly, their difference lies on the length of effectiveness time.
Your doctor will know what will work best for your case. However, oral medication may not work for all cases as some men taking heart medications may be contraindicated when used with PDE-5 inhibitor drugs.
Another non-invasive treatment would be using a vacuum device pump. This can create blood flow when the pump is placed over the penis. It can mimic a normal erection when blood is allowed to flow over the tissues of the penis that causes an erection.
The penis can be made rigidly sufficient for sexual intercourse if a rubber ring is placed on the base. This works for cases that can get an erection but have trouble keeping it erect sufficiently to successfully initiate and finish a sexual activity.
However, rings and vacuums seldom succeed in addressing the erectile dysfunction condition. The side effects can be daunting to a man which include having ejaculation trouble, pain in the penis, coldness, and numbness. The doctor can explain and show you how to use these devices to make it work for you.