It’s projected that some 40% of Australian men suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point during their lives. While ED is certainly more prevalent in older males, it can potentially pose a problem to men of any age.
ED is often a consistent condition that prevents a man from getting an erection or maintaining a firm erection for the enjoyment of sexual intercourse. For guys, it’s embarrassing and affects confidence and self-esteem. This psychological impact on a physical issue can exacerbate the issue even further, as stress and worry certainly don’t help to cure it. There is both physical and psychological ED, although it’s far more common to be a physical condition.
One way healthcare workers treat men with erectile dysfunction is with pills and medications such as Viagra, but there are other treatments for ED and we’ll take a look at some of those here.
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#1 – Penile Injection Therapy
As the name suggests, this method for treating erectile dysfunction involves directly injecting ED medication into the penis. A very small and fine needle is inserted into the base of the penis and medications to increase blood flow to the penis are administered. An erection will result within 5 to 20 minutes.
While this method works and is a more direct way of the body receiving the active ingredients of medications like Viagra, these injections have to be done regularly and are administered by the patient.
#2 – Penile Prosthetic Surgery
This method of treating ED involves having a prosthesis surgically implanted inside the penis. It’s only a minor surgical procedure and the prosthesis comes in 3 parts.
- Inflatable tubes inserted into the penis itself
- A small reservoir of hydraulic fluid
- A small pump hidden beneath the scrotum
When it’s time to have sex, the patient pumps hydraulic fluid into the prosthesis, causing it to inflate and create a penile erection.
This erection on demand technique has been proven to be invaluable and a lifesaver for many Aussie males. It’s a good solution for men who have severe ED, where other methods and medications have proven to be ineffective.
#3 – Vacuum Constriction Devices
Also known as vacuum erection devices, this method of getting a satisfying erection is obtained without the need for invasive surgery. In layman’s terms, this is what’s known as a penis pump.
When placed onto the penis, the pump can be activated manually or by batteries and what it does is create a vacuum (or suction) on the penis. This vacuum effect encourages more blood to enter the penis, effectively filling the erectile cells within the penis and causing it to grow and go hard. Once a full erection has been achieved, a stretchable tension band is then placed around the base of the penis, trapping the blood and ensuring an erection that lasts approximately 30 minutes.
#4 – Seek Therapy For Psychological ED
If it’s diagnosed that your ED is a psychological condition rather than a physical one, it’s best to seek professional counselling and therapy to get to the root cause of what’s causing your ED.
Some common reasons men develop psychological ED are relationship stress, such as a recent breakup or loss of a loved one, a severe lack of sexual self-confidence, guilt, anxiety and depression, low self-esteem and the excessive consumption of porn, which can leave a person desensitised.
#5 – Make Changes To Your Lifestyle
Sometimes, physical ED is temporary and can be caused by failing to live a certain way that is conducive to having satisfying erections.
For example, being overweight can result in a man developing ED. Smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol and a poor diet can also contribute to developing the condition.
Make changes to your lifestyle by eating a nutritious diet, getting plenty of exercise, drinking lots of water, cutting back on drinking alcohol and quitting smoking can all help to alleviate the problem. How you live your life can make all the difference.
There are other options besides taking oral medications to resolve erectile dysfunction. Talk to a specialist about the best treatment option for you and your type of ED.