There are many men who deal with the inability to attain or maintain an erection. This is also known as impotence and erectile dysfunction (ED) and is much more common than you would even imagine. In fact, it is estimated that there are nearly 30 million men in the United States who deal with this on a regular basis. While many of these men would consider this to be an embarrassing occurrence in nearly every scenario, that isn’t necessarily the part of this issue that we find most concerning. Not being able to maintain an erection leads to self-esteem that is damaged. Plain and simple, your confidence takes a hit every single time you have an experience that reaffirms your erectile dysfunction. Let’s delve deeper into why this condition occurs and how it can be handled.
What Exactly Is ED?
As mentioned above, erectile dysfunction is the inability to get an erection or maintain one that is firm enough for the man to engage in sexual intercourse.
Let us be clear, occasional erectile dysfunction is very common. In fact, nearly every man on the planet will experience this at one time or another throughout his life. Most commonly, occasional ED can be attributed to a person experiencing a high level of stress in their life. On the other hand, frequent erectile dysfunction can be a clear sign of real health issues and should be treated.
It is important to note that not all male sexual problems are caused by erectile dysfunction, however. There are other forms of dysfunction that men experience in the bedroom which include premature ejaculation, delayed or absent ejaculation, or just a general apathy or lack of interest in sex. We would suggest you see your healthcare provider about these issues as well.
Let’s Talk Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
Not every man has the exact same experience when it comes to erectile dysfunction. However, the most common symptoms of this condition are:
- Trouble being able to attain an erection
- Issues maintaining an erection when trying to engage in sexual activities
- Decreased interest in sex
If you are experiencing any of these issues, we would recommend that you contact your doctor so that you can find a solution. Not only can your healthcare provider let you know if your symptoms are being caused by a sexual disorder, but they can also determine if you are experiencing these things because of an underlying condition that requires treatment.
What Causes An Erection?
While you may not be aware, an erection is what happened when there is increased blood flow to your penis. For the most part, this blood flow is stimulated by sexual thought or there being direct contact with your penis.
When a man becomes excited sexually, the muscles in his penis relax. When this relaxation occurs, it allows for the blood to flow easily through the arteries in the penis. First, the two chambers that are inside the penis will fill with blood. As this happens the penis will become rigid.
There can be issues occurring at any stage of this process if you are experiencing erectile dysfunction. Often it is that the penile arteries are damaged, which prevents them from opening properly to let the blood into the chambers of the penis.
What About Causes of Erectile Dysfunction?
If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, it could be due to many different reasons. These causes range from emotional to physical disorders. Some of the most common, however, are as follow:
- Alcohol use
- Damage from cancer or surgery
- Drug use
- Heart disease
- Increased age
- Relationship Problems
The symptoms of your erectile dysfunction could be occurring because of one of these issues or a combination of two or more. This is why it is important to see your doctor once you start experiencing erectile dysfunction as you may have undiagnosed medical conditions that are lending to your issues with ED.
There are also a number of medications that are known to cause erectile dysfunction as well. While these medications may be working to help treat a condition or disease you are dealing with, they may also have an effect on your hormones, nerve, and/or blood circulation which is causing you to experience a more difficult time when you are striving for an erection. Some of the most common medications known to cause the symptoms of erectile dysfunction are:
- Muscle relaxants
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Histamine H2-receptor antagonists
- Hormones Diuretics (pills that cause increase urine flow)
- Antihypertensives (high blood pressure drugs)
- Anti-seizure medications
- Parkinson’s disease drugs
- Antiarrhythmics (drug for irregular heart action)
- Chemotherapy medications
- Prostate cancer drugs
Does Age Affect ED?
One of the main misconceptions about erectile dysfunction is that it only affects men of a certain age. However, this is not entirely true. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, there are up to 30 million men in the United States alone who are affected by ED. And this isn’t just men who are late in life. Let’s take a look at the numbers…
- 12 percent of men under the age of 60 experience erectile dysfunction
- 22 percent of men in their 60s experience erectile dysfunction
- 30 percent of men 70 and older experience erectile dysfunction
As you can see, erectile dysfunction affects men of all ages. While the risk of you developing ED is increased the older you get, it is not an inevitable condition. Plain and simple, the healthier you are as you age, the less likelihood there is that you will develop erectile dysfunction.
Preventing Erectile Dysfunction
There are absolutely people who are at risk of developing erectile dysfunction due to their own personal behavior. On the other hand, there are steps that can be taken to will help to limit the chances of them developing the symptoms. On the other hand, some causes may not be preventable.
The things you can have control over, however, have to do with the basics of your health as a number of different studies have shown that there is a link between erectile dysfunction and a number of health problems like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease just to name a few.
So how can you work to ensure that you don’t eventually end up dealing with erectile dysfunction?
- Stick to a healthy diet. Be sure to limit your intake of saturated fats and eat several servings of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Reduce your cholesterol by getting exercises a handful of times per week
- Maintain a healthy weight
- If you are a smoker, give up the cigarettes once and for all as they will only lend to you developing ED
How Is Erectile Dysfunction Diagnosed?
If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, it’s important that you make an appointment with your healthcare provider. Your doctor will first ask you some questions about the symptoms you have been experiencing as well as request to know a bit more about your general medical history. The next step may be to complete some tests that can determine if your symptoms are arising because of an underlying condition, potentially one you may not even know about. Additionally, you will likely have to have a physical exam completed which will give your doctor a better idea of the health of your heart and lungs, as well as whether or not your blood pressure is at a healthy level. Your physician may also examine your penis, testicles, and prostate.
Nocturnal Penile Tumescence (NPT) Test
One of the ways that doctors can determine if you ED is resulting from an emotional or physical reason is to conduct a nocturnal penile tumescence test. This is an easy way to determine the underlying cause of your inability to maintain or get an erection. When this test is conducted, you wear a portable device that is better-powered on your thigh while you are asleep. The device works to evaluate the quality of the erections you get in your sleep and stores this data for your doctor to access. This will assist in properly diagnosing the cause of your ED.
Treating Erectile Dysfunction
The important thing to remember about ED treatments is that they completely depend on what is causing your erectile dysfunction in the first place.
It is pretty common that your doctor will ask you to change certain habits to begin with to see if it will lead to your ED resolving itself. This is most commonly things like quitting smoking, drugs, or alcohol. If you do not have any vices that are causing your ED, your healthcare provider might also suggest that you get treatment for any emotional issues, relationship problems, or performance anxiety that might be causing you to be unable to attain an erection.
However, if none of these changes help your situations, it is likely you will have to consider other options. Below are some of the treatments we offer at Rock Creek Wellness in Leawood for erectile dysfunction.
This is a new treatment that is being offered at Rock Creek Wellness that works by using the power of pulsed sound waves in order to enhance sexual performance. The best part? This treatment is non-invasive and painless. It has also been scientifically proven to treat a number of different medical conditions. This treatment is not only used to treat men who have issues with erectile dysfunction, but it can also help men who want to stay harder for longer.
When you receive your treatment at our clinic, the entire procedure will take about half an hour total and the result will last for an extended period. Additionally, it is important for us to point out that there are no known side effects to this procedure. So truly, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
If you are interested in learning more about GAINSWave treatment, we would suggest you call our office today and make an appointment to talk about whether or not this procedure is right for you.
The Priapus Shot, also known as the P-Shot is another option for men who are struggling with ED. The P-Shot is exactly what it sounds like – it is a shot you get in your penis. While this might sound alarming, however, this shot is minimally painful and entirely worth the investment. It is known to make your penis larger, stronger, straighter and increase overall pleasure. If you would like to learn more about the Priapus shot, you can find more information here or call our office today!
Ready To Take The Next Step?
If you need more information about erectile dysfunction and how you can find a solution to yours, contact Rock Creek Wellness today! We will do everything we can to help make you just as confident in your abilities and in yourself once again.