Sometimes, ED happens when your hormones are out of balance. Your doctor can perform a blood test to check your hormones.
A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that men with severe periodontal disease were three times more likely to have consistent difficulties having an erection. While this may be a case of correlation rather than causation, poor dental health has long been associated with vascular disease, which is known to contribute to ED. .
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not new in either medicine or human experience, but it is often not easily or openly discussed. Cultural expectations of male sexuality inhibit many men from seeking help for a disorder that can usually benefit from treatment.
The pulsating waves of GAINSWave improves blood flow to the penis by dissolving plaque build-up and stimulating the growth of new blood vessels. The improvement results in stronger, harder, and more sustainable erections.
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The bottom line is that taking steps to keep your endothelium healthy will help you prevent or reduce your erectile dysfunction risk. Being more physically active is important to the health of your endothelium and, therefore, to the health of your heart and your penis.
While most ED patients are effectively treated with medication, the Massachusetts study also showed that, for some, the disorder is a harbinger of heart disease. Dr. Walker, who treated patients at the Yale Medicine’s Cardiovascular and Sexual Health Clinic, estimates that ED is a cardiac risk factor in 10 percent to 20 percent of patients who do not have other risk factors for heart disease.
Up to three quarters of patients with erectile dysfunction develop atherosclerosis, obesity, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and similar diseases.
A vacuum device (VED) is an external device (not a drug) that goes over the penis. When pumped, it pulls blood into the penis then a special ring is placed over the base of the penis to keep it erect.
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Pressure to use condoms could also have an impact upon sexual performance. Some men find that their penis is less sensitive to touch when using condoms, which may contribute to erectile dysfunction. Research has linked sexual dysfunction with less condom use and risky sexual behaviour, possibly for this reason.
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Erectile dysfunction is a very common condition for aging men, but is it a normal part of the aging process? Though it’s a sensitive topic, it's important to discuss any signs of erectile dysfunction with your doctor -- especially because erectile dysfunction is sometimes the first sign of underlying health conditions such as cardiovascular problems.
The urology specialists at University Hospitals understand the sensitive nature of your concerns. We provide empathetic and professional care, along with erectile dysfunction treatment options that can restore function and ease anxiety. Please contact us to schedule an appointment at 1-866-844-2273.
Some research shows that people with type 2 diabetes may die 10 years earlier than those without diabetes. Most people with the disease die of secondary complications of it, for example kidney failure or heart disease. However, with good blood sugar control and healthy lifestyle choices, complications can be prevented.
Picture of penile tumescence monitor. This penile tumescence monitor is placed at the base and near the corona of the penis. It is connected to a monitor that records a continuous graph depicting the force and duration of erections that occur during sleep. The monitor is strapped to the leg. The nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) test is conducted on several nights to obtain an accurate indication of erections that normally occur during the alpha phase of sleep.