Your ability to achieve an erection is a complicated process. Your emotions, brain, hormones, nerves, blood vessels, and muscles all play complex roles in male arousal. If any of these parts are misaligned, it can cause problems.
Also, remember that your mental health plays an important role in your sexual performance as well as your physical health. Stress and other mental health problems can cause or worsen erectile dysfunction.
Minor health issues can slow down your sexual response, but the anxiety that accompanies a slow sexual response can turn everything off completely. Irregular or intermittent sexual problems do not necessarily indicate erectile dysfunction. But you may be struggling with erectile dysfunction if the following symptoms persist:
- Decreased sex drive
- Inability to maintain an erection
- Inability to have an erection
Who is at Risk for Erectile Dysfunction?
You may be at higher risk of erectile dysfunction if you:
- are older and have mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, or stress
- Have health problems such as heart disease or diabetes
- Have gone through radiation therapy for cancer treatment
- Have an injury that can damage nerves or arteries that contribute to an erection
Can I Prevent Erectile Dysfunction?
While you can’t always prevent erectile dysfunction, taking care of yourself can help you avoid stubborn problems. In general, the healthier you are, the less likely you are to experience erectile dysfunction. The following measures may help:
- Reduce stress
- Manage health problems like diabetes and heart disease with the help of your doctor.
- Take control of your mental health
- Exercise regularly
- Quit smoking
- Don’t use stimulants and
- Limit alcohol intake.
Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
There is no single treatment for erectile dysfunction. The causes vary, which means you may need to develop a multi-pronged approach to your treatment plan. Work with your doctor to find the best treatment for you. Treatments may include:
Lifestyle changes such as Losing weight, exercising regularly, treating health problems, quitting smoking, and avoiding alcohol and illegal drugs.
Seek treatment for anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. If you’re having relationship problems, consider meeting a couple of therapist.
If needed, your doctor can prescribe oral medications such as Viagra, Cenforce 120, Fildena Super Active, or Kamagra. Talk to your doctor before taking medication for erectile dysfunction. Your doctor may also prescribe other medications such as alprostadil self-injection, alprostadil urethral suppository, or suggest testosterone replacement therapy.