Erectile Dysfunction :: Treatment just got better for erectile dysfunction

From the time a woman is seven years old till she dies of old age, she is ready for action, and competent. As competent as the candlestick to receive the candle. But man is only briefly competent…After fifty his performance is of poor quality; the intervals between are wide, and its satisfactions of no great quality to either party; whereas his great-grandmother is as good as new. – Mark Twain in Letters from the Earth

About 90 percent of men with erectile dysfunction don’t talk to a doctor about the problem. Difficulty with erections can be damaging to physical health as well as the health of their relationships. Many men suffer from ED for years before going to seek advice. This may be because they are too embarrassed or ignorant about treatment options or because a previous treatment didn’t work for them in the past.

Very briefly, Erectile Dysfunction (ED) or impotence is a medical condition where a man is unable to get or keep an erection hard enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse. ED is most common in males above 50 years but alarming figures among younger lot is a cause of concern.

Thanks to modern scientific wonders, the treatment of ED has become a lot easier than it was say 25 years ago. ED is a medical condition and should not be ignored. Medical advice must be sought at the earliest to avoid future complications. Now, let’s have a look at the options available with the patients suffering from ED.

Lifestyle Changes

The first and often quite reliable of treating ED is adopting certain lifestyle changes. Quitting smoking, losing excess weight, increasing physical activity and avoiding or changing any drug with harmful side effects may prove beneficial in some men. If you think a particular drug is causing problems with erection, tell your doctor and ask whether you can try a different class of medicine.


Psychiatric help is of immense help in ED patients. The patient’s partner can help with the techniques, which include gradual development of intimacy and stimulation. Such techniques can also help relieve anxiety associated with ED in the patient.

Drug Therapy

It’s the advent of drugs that has made the treatment of ED simple and effective. The drugs can be taken orally, injected directly into the penis or inserted into the urethra at the tip of the penis. Viagra, the wonder blue pill that was approved by FDA in 1998 as the first pill to treat ED, made the pharmaceuticals to invest a lot more in R&D of ED drugs. Since then vardenafil hydrochloride (Levitra) and tadalafil (Cialis) have also been approved to treat ED. Genuine Cialis is rapidly emerging as the best drug for the treatment of ED.

These drugs work by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide, a chemical that relaxes smooth muscles in the penis during sexual stimulation and allows increased blood flow.

Vacuum Devices

Mechanical vacuum devices are being increasingly used for causing erection by creating a partial vacuum, which draws blood into the penis, engorging and expanding it. The devices have three components :
1) a plastic cylinder, into which the penis is placed
2) a pump, which draws air out of the cylinder, and
3) an elastic band, which is placed around the base of the penis to maintain the erection after the cylinder is removed and during intercourse by preventing blood from flowing back into the body.


Invasive surgery is the last option of treating ED. Surgery aims at one of the three modes of treatment :
(i)implantation of a device that can cause the penis to become erect, or
(ii)reconstruction of arteries to increase flow of blood to the penis, or
(iii)blocking off veins that allow blood to leak from the penile tissues

In majority of the cases, ED can be successfully treated. It is therefore important for patients to seek advice from their doctor, for the good of themselves, their partners and their relationships.

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