Treatment for erectile dysfunction is not easy as it sounds as there are quite a few complications, especially if you are taking more natural remedies and one must be cautious and understand there is some risk associated with the natural course of treatment.

Years worth of research has been conducted in order to find the erectile dysfunction treatment and even though treatment and the drugs prescribed the doctors are considered safe and reliable still there are a number of well documented side effects which come alongside the benefits of these drugs.

But in order to understand the cause and treatment  of erectile dysfunction, we must first understand what exactly is erectile dysfunction


What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a rather embarrassing condition for males, which makes them unable to keep an erection firm enough to perform sexual intercourse.

ED has occasionally been common for some men, but experiencing consistently would mean serious physical and mental health problems. Most men suffer from impotency i.e. ED due to some underlying chronic issue and extreme mental stress, which could be due to relationship issues. In such cases, it is important to consult with a professional.

Where erectile dysfunction is a serious sexual health issue for men, it should be noted that there are many other types of sexual problems such as premature or absent/delayed ejaculation or lack of sex drive. Some of these conditions may lead to ED in the future.


Symptoms of erectile dysfunction

If you have any of the symptoms listed below, especially lasting for more than 2 months, then it is imperative that you go and get yourself checked by a specialist in order to get yourself treated.

  • Premature/delayed ejaculation
  • Cannot maintain an erection during sex
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Inability to reach an orgasm after plenty of stimulation

Causes of erectile dysfunction

As mentioned earlier the causes of ED can be both mental and physical where some very common causes of ED are

  • Smoking, extensively
  • Extensive alcohol consumption
  • Obesity
  • Heart diseases
  • Mental stress
  • Emotional and relationship problems
  • Drug abuse
  • Cancer/chemotherapy
  • Anxiety
  • Issues with your blood flow
  • Blood pressure
  • Increased age

It should be noted that ED can be caused by one or more than one of these factors, so if you think you are suffering from ED you must consult with a doctor in order to get the correct diagnosis. It is also a good practice to consult with a psychiatrist.

One of the factors mentioned above is aging, now it must be understood that ED is quite prevalent with age and though it increases with age, it is not inevitable.

People above the age of 60 are more likely to suffer from ED and according to some studies, at least 25% of men above 60 are likely to suffer from ED. The major cause of ED can be an unhealthy lifestyle which usually affects men in later ages. This suggests that a healthy lifestyle can prevent ED for a longer period.

 But as though it is reported mostly in men aged above 60, young adults are not exempt from ED. There have been quite a few cases of men under 40 seeking treatment for ED, suggesting that lifestyle is mostly the cause of ED.


How to diagnose erectile dysfunction

As mentioned above erectile dysfunction can be caused by many underlying issues and your doctor will probably ask you questions regarding your health and check your health history. You might be asked to have some test in order to diagnose any chronic disease such as cancer or heart issues. Doctors will also check your testicles and penis and may ask you to have a rectal exam to diagnose any problems with your problems.

Apart from that, there is another test diagnostic test which is called NPT test or nocturnal penile tumescence test where you wear a device on your thigh while you sleep at night, which later record the quality of nocturnal erections which can be later accessed by your doctor to aid him in the diagnosis of your erectile dysfunction.

Treatment of erectile dysfunction

Erection is caused by the increased blood flow in your penis which can be stimulated by sexual activity or coming in contact with your penis. It is when the blood flows into the penis arteries after the muscles in your penis relax, which causes the penis to become rigid. For more information please view here. 


Now in order to get that blood flowing again without any issue, there are a number of medications available for patients. Namely, those medications are

  • Alprostadil (Caverject)
  • Avanafil (Stendra)
  • Sildenafil (Viagra)
  • Tadalafil (Cialis)
  • Testosterone (Androderm)
  • Vardenafil (Levitra)

These mentioned medicines are to stimulate blood flow to your penis in order to treat ED.

While these medications are known to be safe and reliable there are still some side effects of these medications and one must be cautious before they consume any medicine. Have yourself checked and consider your medical history and report it to your doctor before taking any medication.

Some noted side effects are

  • Headaches, nausea, and hypotension
  • Some rare symptoms are blurred vision and photophobia
  • Painful erections

These are some common side effects of medicines which treat ED.

Natural remedies

There are some natural remedies available which are known for increasing blood flow to the penis such as

L-again, which evidently increases blood flow to the penis by allowing the blood vessels to open wider. It must not be taken with viagra

Ginseng is a widely used herb for treating erectile dysfunction in men. There are number ginseng available and most of them have proven to be beneficial for ED treatment

Ginko, this is good for increasing blood flow, but it can also cause bleeding and people using blood thinners or taking blood pressure medicines must first consult with their doctor.

Other natural remedies include a complete change in your lifestyle. Lack of activity and unhealthy food are the major cause of ED. He must

Exercise regularly in order to increase health. Exercising helps in improving blood flow, which can help significantly in improving blood flow to the penis.

Healthy food is another way of improving your overall health. Eat nutritious food and refrain from eating too much-processed food. Also, avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.

Reduce stress by visiting a psychiatrist or doing yoga and meditation are good practices to fight mental stress.

Published by Qais Ahmadi