Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Causes include medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis, drinking too much alcohol, or exhaustion.
If you or your partner is unable to have or keep an erection adequate for sexual activity, you may be suffering from ED.
Erectile dysfunction is a physical condition that can be triggered by a man’s medical, mental or even emotional issues. Some causes can include depression, heavy alcohol consumption, certain medications, stress, anxiety, significant weight gain and even overall health or lifestyle issues.
Were you aware that diabetes and high blood pressure can be linked to erectile dysfunction? Many lifestyle factors and health problems could be the cause for ED. It is important to understand the connection as managing diabetes, blood pressure and weight might also save your life.
Erectile difficulties can be an early warning sign of more serious health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. No matter what is causing your ED, your doctor can help.
Because there are many different causes for ED, there are several tests your doctor may use to diagnose the condition and determine its cause. Before ordering any tests, your doctor will review your medical history and perform a physical exam.
After your exam and interview, your doctor may order a variety of different tests to check things like your blood count, blood sugar, liver and kidney function and more.
Your ED might be caused by a temporary problem, like stress, fatigue or rapid weight gain. You should visit your doctor to get a clear diagnosis.
Your doctor may ask you to make some adjustments to your life, such as:
- Exercise regularly
- Losing weight
- Eating a healthy diet
Treatment and drugs
The most common treatment for ED is medication; however that is not always the best option for everyone. Talk to your doctor about the Aries* machine.
Some cases might require surgery or even an implant but know this is in the most severe cases of ED.
*The Aries is not approved for treatment in the United States