How is erectile dysfunction treated?

Erectile dysfunction is a process that usually occurs with age and is mainly based on a decrease of testosterone or organic diseases like diabetes and hearth diseases. It is known that men start to experience a permanent decrease in testosterone starting with the age of 30 years and that limit the ability maintaining an erection. However, the secretion of testosterone never stops, even if its levels come to be very small. It is also clear that erectile dysfunction at younger ages caused by a low level of male hormone is not normal.

The integrity of blood vessels is essential for a normal erection; the penile tissue can expand up to seven times during erections. Blood continues to irrigate the penis as long as man is excited or ejaculates. The whole process is controlled by the brain. In cases of erectile dysfunction the brain does not sends the right signals, or if it does the blood vessels cannot respond to them which make impossible the occurrence of an erection.

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction you need to make appointment with your doctor or an urologist as soon as possible. By asking certain questions and performing several tests a doctor should be able to find the source of your problems and to suggest what treatment to follow.

The treatment for erectile dysfunction includes medications, psychotherapy, changing the medication of certain illnesses, suction devices or surgical procedures. Medication for erectile dysfunction is done either orally or locally, by injection or the introduction of these drugs into urethra. The most famous orally administered drug is Viagra, but it is not recommended for those with heart problems or eye diseases.

Injectable treatments to the penis, such as papaverine hydrochloride, phentolamine and alprostadil are designed to dilate blood vessels. These drugs work by increasing the level of nitric oxide- a substance that relaxes the smooth muscles in the penis, which lead to an increase blood flow at this level. For those suffering from hearth diseases or those who prefer natural ways of treatments, there are many effective substitutes of Viagra that are based on the same principle (increase the   nitric oxide which in turn raises the circulation in the penis) .

Whether the treatment of erectile dysfunction a man decides to have, it is important to avoid smoking and too much alcohol, and to maintain a balanced diet. Include in your diet many unsaturated fats such as vegetable oil or fatty fish, which contain essential fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6. Make sure you included in your daily schedule at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (walking, jogging).

Also manage your stress level by learning how to relax and keep a balanced lifestyle, without too many excesses.