Dr Hilary Jonesis a GPand a medical adviser at Health Express – www.healthexpress.co.uk – an online clinic that specialises in advising patients on a range of health issues, including erectile dysfunction.
Q. How do I deal with erectile dysfunction?
DH: Often considered to be an embarrassing condition, erectile dysfunction is a very common problem with one in three men predicted to experience it at some point in their life. Around 2.3 million men in the UK are suffering from it at the moment, and with younger men it is often caused by stress, nerves and the ‘pressure to perform’.
The umbrella term of erectile dysfunction can be a range of health problems including: issues with sustaining an erection, orgasm, ejaculation, a low libido and an inability to have long erections and may require erectile dysfunction treatment.
The good news is that it is usually temporary and there are many effective treatment options for this condition, including oral treatment and non-prescription solutions, such as counselling or therapy.
When I recommend treatment for erectile dysfunction, the first thing I suggest is making simple lifestyle changes as these can help improve the problem without the need to take medication or use alternative therapies. Eating a healthier diet, and losing weight if you are overweight, can have a massive impact as can stopping smoking and drinking less alcohol. Avoid these and the problem may lessen. Exercising is another great way to look after the general wellbeing of the body and is a great way to de-stress, which is another factor that can affect erectile dysfunction.
However if you have tried these, there are a number of other solutions that can help treat erectile dysfunction. Medication called Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) – often known as Viagra was the first oral medication for erectile dysfunction and is one of the most widely used and effective types of medication for treating erectile dysfunction as they work by temporarily increasing the blood flow to your penis.
Levitra is another option. Unlike other erectile dysfunction medication, there are minimal side effects and gets to work in just 15 minutes, making it one of the fastest moving treatments for impotence. The other plus side to this medication is that it also works for men who have other underlying health conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and is effective even when used alongside most types of blood pressure medication.
Cialis is another alternative to Levitra and Viagra and unlike its rivals, Cialis has lasting affects for up to 36 hours, allowing users to take Cialis at the start of the weekend and giving them stronger and longer lasting erections up to two days later.
There are also other options if you would prefer not to take medication. Hormone therapy, surgery, pelvic floor exercises and physiological treatments can all help treat erectile dysfunction and these methods should be discussed in detail with a doctor.
Visit Health Express for more information and organise a consultation with one of Health Express’s registered doctors to get advice.
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