Often, erectile dysfunction (ED) is not permanent, and there is a wide range of treatments designed to alleviate its symptoms. In some cases, the solution may be as simple as making small changes to one’s diet. In others, the condition may be so severe that it may require medications or surgery. Yet, as technology advances, there are new, non-invasive treatments for ED that are showing promising results.
ED is a condition marked by the inability to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. The symptoms are sometimes accompanied by a lack of sexual desire or a decline in one’s mood. While almost every man may experience these problems on occasion, when symptoms persist or worsen, it may be due to ED.
ED affects more than just a man’s sex life. According to the Journal of General Internal Medicine, ED can result in psychological distress that can affect self-esteem, confidence, and relationships in men. Additionally, ED can also be a sign of underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, which contributes to a man’s inability to get an erection.
For this reason, anyone suffering from ED should talk to their doctor.
Why ED Happens
According to the Mayo Clinic, many complex factors contribute to erectile dysfunction. Male sexual arousal involves not just the penis, but also the brain, hormones, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. Additionally, problems in relationships or stress occurring in other areas can be a factor.
Causes of ED may include:
- Cardiovascular problems, such as atherosclerosis and high blood pressure
- Obesity and metabolic syndrome
- Use of alcohol, tobacco or other recreational drugs
- Peyronie’s disease, which is the development of scar tissue inside the penis that causes it to curve
- Surgeries or injuries to the pelvic area or spine
Only a medical professional can accurately assess a man’s health condition and determine what is causing their ED.
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Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction
In many cases, erectile dysfunction is not permanent, and is therefore treatable. While there is no “one-size-fits-all” regimen for every man, there are a variety of options on today’s market that seek to relieve ED-related symptoms.
ED medications that include VIAGRA®, Levitra, Staxyn, or Stendra work by increasing nitric oxide in the blood, which causes the blood vessels in the penis to widen. The extra blood flow to the area allows a man to get an erection.
These drugs work for many people, but again, not for everyone. Any man who has a history of heart attack, stroke, low blood pressure, or is on nitrates should not take these medications. Doing so may increase the risk of life-threatening conditions.
Vacuum constriction devices (VCD) are external pumps used to get and maintain an erection. These tools push blood flow into the penis, making it erect. Many men shy away from these devices, as they impede the spontaneity of sex and do not provide lasting results.
These are stiffening devices that are implanted into the penis surgically. Because of the long recovery period, risk of infection, and other contributing factors, this method is generally only considered for men with severe ED or those with Peyronie’s disease.
Vascular Reconstructive Surgery
This is a surgical procedure that transfers an artery from a stomach muscle to one in the penis, so blood moves to the affected area. This is an invasive procedure that involves a lengthy recovery period.
Modern Non-Invasive Treatments for ED
HealthGAINS creates specialized treatment plans to cater to the individual needs of their members. They believe that those living with ED should not have to resort to invasive or unreliable treatment methods to relieve their symptoms. As we enter a new decade, men have many different treatment options available to them that can promote optimal sexual performance.
GAINSWave® therapy uses high-frequency, low-intensity soundwaves to clear penile tissue of plaque and promote new blood vessel growth. The procedure takes under a half-hour with no drugs, no surgery, and no downtime. A man’s stage of life and overall wellbeing factor into how many procedures he will need to effectively treat ED. HealthGAINS can take all these elements into consideration when crafting an individualized healthcare plan.
The Priapus Shot® (P-Shot®)
The P-Shot® uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) drawn from a patient’s bloodstream that is reinjected into the penis to encourage tissue growth and blood flow. The growth factors that are isolated from the PRP contain properties that can break down scar tissue and promote healing. Performed in under an hour, this method features few side effects, as the treatment is created from the patient’s own biological matter. Clients have reported an increase in penis size, increased sexual function, and stronger orgasms.
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Contact HealthGAINS for Help Treating Erectile Dysfunction
If you are wondering whether erectile dysfunction is permanent, rest assured that ED can be treated. Yet, because every man’s situation is different, a treatment that will best suit their needs can only be left to the discretion of a medical professional. HealthGAINS has clinics nationwide dedicated to providing high-quality treatment for its members. For more information, call them today at (305) 912-8828.