ED: Know Your Treatment Options

ED: Know Your Treatment Options

We want to kick off this blog with some numbers that may help you feel a little less isolated if you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction (ED). Let’s start with the fact that ED affects more than 50% of the adult male population in the United States, in some form or another.

And this number tends to correspond with age — 40% at age 40 and 70% at 70. Our point is that ED is not at all uncommon, which also means that the medical world has sat up and taken notice and can offer several solutions.

At Active Future, we take an approach that encompasses all areas of your health, including your sexual health, for long-term wellness and happiness. We offer patients in the Rochester Hills, Michigan, area solutions to a host of problems, from cosmetic to functional, and we specialize in men’s health issues, including ED.

So, if you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction, take heart. There are some great treatment options.

Behind the struggle

ED is defined as the inability to get or maintain an erection long enough for sexual instercourse. While an erection may seem, mechanically, easy enough, there’s a lot that goes into the process. An erection starts in your brain, which triggers a host of physiological processes that allow blood to flow into your penis to create the erection.

This means that any disruptions between your brain and your penis can interfere with the process. We typically address mental or emotional causes of ED with counseling. If your ED stems from physical problems, the solutions are more targeted.

The incidence of ED rises with age, which is largely due to circulatory problems. If your blood vessels are sluggish due to buildup over the years, it means that your penis may not be getting the blood supply it needs for an erection.

Opening the gates

One of the first physical treatment options for ED is a medication designed to help blood flow into your penis. These oral pills contain nitric oxide, which relaxes the muscles in your penis to allow your blood to circulate more freely. We also like to tackle circulatory issues with lifestyle changes that help your overall vascular health, such as adjustments in your diet and exercise regimen.

Hormonal approach

If we determine that your testosterone levels are low, hormone replacement therapy may be the best approach to improve your sexual health. Your testosterone controls your libido, so when levels are low, your libido can grow quiet. There are many other issues outside of ED that develop on the heels of low testosterone, and this type of hormone therapy can address them in one fell swoop.

Pumps and implants

If your ED doesn’t respond to medications, pumps offer another solution that you use before you have intercourse. The pump draws blood into your penis, controlled either by hand or with batteries.

If you’d like a more permanent solution, we can discuss penile implants with you, which are surgically placed inside your penis. These have an on-demand pump located in your scrotum.

Our mission is to take a holistic approach to the problem of ED, tackling both the symptom and the primary issue behind it. The bottom line is that we work with you until we find a satisfactory solution. Simply give us a call to set up a consultation.

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