Erectile Dysfunction – A Brief Overview
If you’re reading this, you’re likely familiar with what erectile dysfunction is. But just in case, ED in layman’s terms is the inability for a man’s penis to achieve or maintain an erection. It is an uncomfortable topic, erectile dysfunction can affect men regardless of age and health, it does not discriminate. So, if you feel like you’re the only one experiencing ED rest assured, you are not alone.
According to studies erectile dysfunction affects approximately 40% of Australian men. The good news is, there are ways to increase your chances of reducing or eliminating erectile dysfunction.
Lifestyle changes such as; quitting smoking, reduction of alcohol intake, weight loss and increasing exercise will help.
While age and an unhealthy lifestyle can be factors that contribute to erectile dysfunction, psychological issues like may also impact on your bedroom performance, such as;
- Depression or anxiety
- Relationship problems
- Psychiatric disorders
The psychological factors of ED can have a tremendous impact on a man. They can be subject to a loss of confidence, added stress in a romantic relationship and a feeling of inadequacy compared to others. This can lead to low self esteem and even depression if it’s not treated. Fortunately, there are a variety of solutions to treat ED.
There are medications on the market that are able to remedy instances of erectile dysfunction. Some of these drugs include:
- Cialis (Tadalafil) – Approved by the FDA in 2003, the onset of this within 30 minutes and can last up to 36 hours. Side effects can include headache, nausea, vomiting and redness of the skin. In rare cases, it can cause vision and hearing loss.
- Viagra (Sildenafil) – Originally a chest pain relief medication, Viagra was green light for use in the US and Europe in 1998. One of the most popular erectile dysfunction drugs on the market today. Viagra’s onset is about 30 minutes and can last up to 4 hours. Side effects can include headache, blurred vision and flushing of the skin.
- Stendra (Avanafil) is another drug used to treat ED. Developed at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, it was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in April 2012. The advantage of Stendra is that it has one of the quickest onsets for a drug of its kind. Users start to experience an erection after 15 minutes of ingesting the pill, with the effect lasting about 45 minutes.
You should always consult a doctor before taking any of these medications.
While medical treatments and over the counter medications can offer relief for ED, there are some lifestyle changes you can make as well to help combat it! What you can do to reduce symptoms of erectile dysfunction is:
- Exercise regularly
- Drink less alcohol
- Getting better sleep
- Consume less junk food and more healthy foods such as fruits/vegetables
- Talk to a relationship counselor or a psychiatrist
By talking with your doctor about your ED symptoms may reveal underlying health issues as erectile dysfunction is often an early warning signal. Research has shown that some people with erectile dysfunction are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, so seeking treatment as soon as possible is important.
Having erectile dysfunction is nothing to be ashamed about with most men experiencing symptoms of ED in their lifetime.
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