Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a relatively common condition among all men over the age of 20. As research has shown, however, simple lifestyle changes and medications can help you get back to a healthy and enjoyable sex life.
What is erectile dysfunction?
Healthcare professionals define erectile dysfunction as “the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.” Some men may find it nearly impossible to get an erection at all, while others may get an erection but find it does not last long enough for their satisfaction.
What can cause erectile dysfunction?
No matter how old you are, issues like medical conditions, lifestyle factors, or psychological stress can cause erectile dysfunction. As you age, however, health conditions may become more prominent or you may have to take regular medications. These factors may also cause erectile problems in older men, although younger men with health issues or who take prescription medications may also face ED.
Any medical condition affecting the blood vessels can also affect achieving or maintaining an erection. Heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can all be associated with erectile difficulties. Obesity can also be linked to the condition, so a weight loss program may be advisable in some situations.
Some medications can also cause erectile dysfunction. At Smith Caldwell, you can ask your pharmacist in confidence if any of your medications could be the cause of ED.
Sometimes erectile dysfunction is related to the way you live rather than a diagnosed medical problem. Excess alcohol, smoking, a poor diet, and a sedentary lifestyle can all accumulate over time, leading to the condition later in life.
Mental health can affect your daily activities, including your sexual performance. In fact, many men with erectile dysfunction also experience depression and anxiety.
How to Treat Erectile Dysfunction
Starting with natural changes before introducing a new medication is a good idea. There are several ways you can manage ED at any age.
Careful Medical Management
If your erectile dysfunction is caused by a medical condition, such as heart disease or diabetes, then managing these conditions is the first step. Your doctor will need to monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and kidney function, adjusting any medications as necessary along the way.
If no medical cause is obvious, then look closely at your lifestyle. If you smoke, consider nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches or lozenges, to quit the habit. Drinking less alcohol and eating healthier can also help. Whether you choose to join a program or make changes privately, eating more fruits and vegetables and reducing sugar and fat can aid your overall health and weight loss (if required).
If your health is good and you lead a wholesome lifestyle, you may discover stress is causing erectile dysfunction. Talk to friends or family about your worries, or see a therapist to discuss your concerns. If your stress is directly resulting from erectile dysfunction, try to speak honestly with your partner to alleviate your worries.
What vitamins are good for erectile dysfunction?
If your erectile dysfunction continues despite lifestyle or medication changes, try using natural supplements to treat it. Vitamin D supplements are a popular choice, and Zinc can help regulate testosterone levels to help you get an erection.
What medication is best for ED?
The most widely known drug for erectile dysfunction is Viagra. Its trade name is sildenafil, and it was initially trialed as a heart and lung drug. The medication takes about 30-60 minutes to become active and works by increasing blood flow to the penis during arousal. It can help you achieve an erection as well as keep it for longer.
Viagra may interact with other medications, particularly blood pressure or heart drugs. Speak to a trusted pharmacist before trying it. Using a community pharmacy ensures excellent patient care between the patient, doctor, and pharmacist, so you can be sure you are getting the best and safest care available.
For More Information
Don’t let erectile dysfunction replace a healthy and enjoyable sex life. Contact Smith Caldwell Pharmacy today at (501)404-2740 for more information about medications or positive lifestyle changes that can help you.