Erectile Dysfunction

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, commonly known as impotency in males, is an inability to achieve or sustain an erection for a sexual intercourse. It is a common problem that men often shy discussing with the doctor and as a result may end up having a troubled relationship with their spouse. Though most of the times, it is temporary, it is important to start a treatment for the same, to have a happy sexual life.

What Triggers Erectile Dysfunction?

  • Ineffective blood supply/ flow to the penis
  • Unhealthy lifestyle habits
  • Diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Testosterone deficiency
  • Excess of smoking
  • Excess of alcohol and substance abuse
  • Structural or anatomical disorder of the penis
  • Imbalanced hormones
  • Post-surgery complications
  • Certain medications such as opioids, cancer drugs, antidepressants and others
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Fear of intimacy

How Would You Know If You Have Erectile Dysfunction?

  • Common signs of erectile dysfunction include the inability to achieve an erection for a desired time span.
  • Penile erection may occur but the penis fails to remain hard enough for the completion of sex.
  • You may still achieve orgasm and ejaculate
  • Gradually you may experience loss of sexual drive as well

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • In case you have experienced troubles in achieving a hard erection or an erection that does not last for long, make sure you see a specialist at the earliest.
  • It is important to understand the severity of the problem and start the medication at the earliest.
  • For an effective diagnosis, your doctor will ask you relevant questions. He may suggest a genital examination wherein he may examine the penis (to check for any plaque formation) and testes (to check for the size and location).
  • In case of an ambiguity, he may suggest you to get a few laboratory tests done that may include; blood test, urine analysis, lipid profile, blood glucose levels and hormone levels.
  • In rare and severe cases, the doctor shall also recommend to get imaging tests done.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the doctor will prescribe you with medications.
  • The doctor will recommend you to bring in a few lifestyle changes such as to quit smoking, exercise regularly, drink a lot of water, get a sound sleep and eat healthy.
  • In case the blood flow to the penis is obstructed, the doctor may suggest you to go for vascular surgery to improve the blood flow to the penis.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Erectile Dysfunction?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Ginseng

Ingredients: Ginseng

Ways to Use:

Ginseng (also called as the herbal Viagra) has been found to improve blood circulation. You may choose to have it in the form of a supplement or  

2. Water Melon Juice

Ingredients: Water Melon Juice

Ways to Use:

Water melon serves as a rich source of citrulline that helps to increase the blood flow to the penis. So, make sure you give it a try.

3. Try Alternative Therapy

Ways to Use:

Studies have been performed to validate the role of alternative therapy (such as acupuncture) in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It helps to improve the erection and restore sexual activity.

4. Watch What You Eat

Ways to Use:

Make sure you eat healthy. Include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lentils and nuts in your daily diet. Try a conscious effort to keep the processed foods at bay.  

Alongside these natural remedies and a few lifestyle modifications such as getting enough sleep, daily workout and drinking in moderation shall help you prevent erectile dysfunction. Ofcourse, not to forget that while you practice a healthy living, make sure you keep stress away!

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