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What are some common causes of erectile dysfunction?
Generally, the risk for developing erectile dysfunction, or ED, increases as a man grows older – although a man of any age can develop the condition. There are several potential causes of erectile dysfunction, which may include:
- Certain medications;
- Chronic illnesses, including diabetes or multiple sclerosis;
- Poor blood flow;
- Chronic stress.
Luckily, erectile dysfunction is an easily treatable condition that can be managed or treated with a variety of therapies and medications. If you have any questions or concerns about what treatment your doctor recommends or what treatment options would work best for you, then you should have a conversation with your doctor about your options.
What are some of the medications available to treat erectile dysfunction?
There are several different medications that are used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction, your doctor can advise you of your options. Certain medications can help to relax the muscles in the penis, increase the blood flow and allow for you to have an erection in response to sexual stimuli. Note that these medications do not automatically produce an erection – you will require sexual stimulation in order for the nitric oxide to be released from your penile nerves. The medications work by amplifying that signal, which allows most men to function normally.
When choosing a medication, you will need to speak with and be open with your doctor, medications vary in dosage, side effects, and how they work. It is important to work with your doctor to find a medication and dosage that works best for you.
It is also important that your doctor be aware of any chronic conditions you may have or other medications that you take, as these can have an affect on the effectiveness of the medications. Certain medications might not be as effective if you have had prostate surgery or if you have diabetes, for instance. And these medications may be dangerous if you take nitrate drugs, have heart disease or heart failure, and have very low blood pressure – otherwise known as hypotension.
If none of the medications work for you, there are also therapeutic alternatives that you can discuss with your doctor, which may include wave therapy.
What is wave therapy?
Wave therapy, more commonly known as shockwave therapy, uses energy from acoustic waves to cause a process known as neovascularization in certain parts of the human body. The result of neovascularization is that new blood vessels are formed, which helps improve the blood flow to the region of the body treated. Wave therapy works as it targets the erectile mechanism, meaning that men are more likely to be able to have and maintain erections on their own, without the need for “stop-gap” solutions, like medications or penis pumps.
For those looking for a physician to help with treating their erectile dysfunction, then please pay us at American Male Medical a visit. We are located at 4835 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. Please call us or visit our website online to book an appointment with us.