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Erectile Dysfunction

Dispelling the Myths Surrounding Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, commonly referred to as impotence, is a medical condition that prevents a man from achieving and/or maintaining an erection. It becomes more common among older men, but can occur to men of any age. For men who suffer from ED, it is often a cause of great emotional discomfort and embarrassment.

Erectile dysfunction is a taboo subject in the eyes of many. Because of the lack of discussion and openness about the topic, many myths are prevalent. There are still many people who consider erectile dysfunction to me a natural consequence of growing older or the result of psychological issues (from stress to more severe disorders). This is simply not the case.

It’s important for us to dispel the myths surrounding erectile dysfunction. We now know that is it usually caused by physical problems that can be treated. It is not inevitable and it is highly treatable in most cases. The cloak of secrecy that often surrounds instances of ED is a hindrance to proper treatment of the condition. There is no reason for men experiencing penis or erectile dysfunction to not raise the issue with their doctor and seek treatment.

Understanding Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Often, erectile dysfunction treatment plans will involve treating the related physical problems that may be a catalyst for ED. For instance, an ED treatment plan might involve monitoring (and perhaps prescribing drugs for) high blood pressure or diabetes. In many cases, doctors recommend limiting the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, as these drugs can increase the likelihood of ED. Increased physical activity can also help dissipate the symptoms, so some doctors ask their patients to begin a more rigorous exercise program.

Oral medications that relax the muscles of the penis and increase blood flow in the area are also commonly prescribed to treat ED. This class of drugs is called phosphodiesterase inhibitors and it includes Sildenafil (sold under the trade name Viagara, among others), Vardenafil (Levitra) and Tadalafil (Cialis).

While there is no known permanent ED cure, there are long-term treatment plans that are considered to be quite effective. Hormone replacement therapy is one of the most common long-term treatment options for ED patients. In extreme cases, vascular surgery and penile implants may be an option.

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