Erectile dysfunction (ED), sometimes called impotence, is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for satisfactory sexual activity. This condition is fairly common, affecting up to 30 million men in the United States alone according to the Urology Care Foundation. The good news? There are many treatment options available.
ED has many potential underlying causes both physical and psychological in nature. Physical causes can include:
- Heart disease
- Clogged blood vessels
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson's disease
- Bladder surgery
- Relationship issues
The first step is talking openly with your doctor. Getting to the root cause is key in developing an effective treatment plan tailored to your individual health profile and needs. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"
as they say. Your doctor will likely start with the least invasive approaches focusing on lifestyle changes like:
- Quitting smoking
- Reducing alcohol consumption
- Getting more exercise
- Healthy eating
Additionally, your physician may suggest trying oral ED medications like sildenafil (commonly known by brand names like Viagra) or avanafil (Stendra). If oral meds prove ineffective, other options include penile injections
, urethral suppositories
, vacuum erection devices (VEDs)
, testosterone replacement therapy
, penile implants
, and more.
This is where a clinic like Vitality Wellness Clinic can help take your ED treatment to the next level. Their cutting edge bioidentical hormone therapies are tailor-made to get your mojo back and restore vibrancy. Plus the staff at Vitality Wellness Clinic provide compassionate counseling and support too, so you don't have to go it alone. "We've got you covered,"
says Dr. Smith, Vitality Wellness Clinic' highly qualified ED specialist with over 15 years experience.
In closing, don't lose hope if you are battling ED. Be open with your doctor, explore lifestyle adjustments, weigh pharmaceuticals/hormones, and consider advanced treatments like implants if less invasive options fail. Most importantly, know there are caring medical professionals here to help you, like the wonderful folks at Vitality Wellness Clinic. This too shall pass and there is light at the end of the tunnel!