It’s not easy to talk about erectile dysfunction. Yet, this common condition affects millions of men of all ages, causing emotional distress and relationship issues. Here we will shed light on the causes, symptoms, and treatments of erectile dysfunction to help you understand and manage this undertreated condition.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual activity. It’s a common condition that can affect men of all ages, although it’s more prevalent in older men. ED can be occasional or frequent, and it may also be a sign of an underlying physical or mental health condition.
ED can happen to any man, but there are several risk factors that can make it more likely to occur. These include:
The treatment for ED depends on the underlying cause. If it’s due to an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, treating those conditions may improve ED. Lifestyle changes such as exercising, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, and managing stress through therapy may also help.
Oral medications are the most common treatment for ED. Medications like sildenafil (generic Viagra) work by increasing blood flow to the penis, making it easier to achieve and maintain an erection. The most common side effects can include headache, flushing, or upset stomach. It is very important to tell your doctor about other medications you are taking, as ED treatments should not be combined with certain medications, such as nitrates.
Talking to your doctor about ED may be intimidating, but it’s essential to get the help you need. You can be assured that your Radish Health doctor is here to help, has helped countless other patients with ED, and will be an approachable and non-judgmental source of education and guidance in navigating ED treatments. Please feel free to schedule an appointment to talk about this very common condition.
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