Pelvic floor exercises tighten the muscles around the base of the penis. These muscles exert pressure on the blood vessels that drain the penis. Tightening these muscles can help keep blood in the penis longer and therefore help maintain an erection. Pelvic floor exercises (also called Kegel exercises) can tighten the muscles that sag and weaken as we age (Meldrum et al., 2014).
Medications. You take drugs like sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn) and tadalafil (Cialis, Adcirca) as pills before you have sex. They work by increasing blood flow in your penis. This helps you get an erection once you're sexually excited.
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Treatment options may vary depending on the presumed cause of your ED. Our team will work with and may suggest the following treatments: Oral medications, such as Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra Vacuum devices Penile self-injection therapy Lifestyle modifications Surgical procedures
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Medications: Medicines that cause a strong penile erection are successful in treating erectile dysfunction in most men. These medications work by increasing the amount of blood flow to the penis by increasing nitric oxide levels in the blood. Examples include:
Physical examination. This might include careful examination of your penis and testicles and checking your nerves for sensation. If the penis does not reach erection, it might be caused by the endocrine.
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2021, August 21). Erectile dysfunction. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved October 14, 2021, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355782.
Surgery is an option in some cases of erectile dysfunction. Most surgery cases are performed for one of three reasons: to implant a device to initiate erections; to reconstruct arteries and increase penis blood flow; to block off veins that allow blood to leak from the penile tissues.
Some men with erectile dysfunction report having either a partial erection that is unable to sustain sexual intercourse, or the total absence of swelling of the penis. The severity of erectile dysfunction can be assessed using the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5), which uses a questionnaire to grade ED as either mild, moderate or severe.
Depending on the cause of impotence, there may be other signs and symptoms present. For example, where hypogonadism (low testosterone) is the cause, patients may additionally describe reduced sex-drive (low libido), reduced need to shave facial hair and reduced muscle mass. If diabetes has caused damage to the nerve or blood supply to the penis, patients may also describe other symptoms suggestive of damage to other blood vessels or nerves, such as numbness and tingling of the feet.
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.
According to a study on Physical activity’s impact on ED taken in 2018, not only Kegels and Pilates but aerobics are also very impactful in treating ED issues. If a person performs aerobics at least four times a week then he can eliminate his Erectile Dysfunction naturally. Aerobics is basically cardiovascular exercises that even keep your heart healthy.
But the plausible relationship between COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction is one more reason for the unvaccinated to get their shots, Jannini said.
Men being treated for prostate cancer with treatments such as radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy or the use of Lutenizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists and antagonists can expect that ED may accompany these treatments.12
You may not be able to use these drugs if you have any of the following conditions: