According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) an early sign of erectile dysfunction (ED) is that a man can have erections sometimes, but not every time that he would like. Another initial symptom of ED is that erections don’t last as long as a man wants them to last. Some men eventually experience total impotence, in which they cannot get erections at all. A man with ED can develop reduced sexual desire.
Almost every man will experience erection problems from time to time. Usually, ED isn’t a reason to worry, unless the sexual difficulty becomes an ongoing issue. Sometimes erectile dysfunction is an indication of an underlying medical condition that you shouldn’t ignore, like diabetes or heart disease. Also, ED can lower a man’s confidence and self-esteem and lead to stress and relationship problems, which are good reasons to get an evaluation at the earliest signs of erectile dysfunction.
What Men Need to Know About the Early Signs of ED and Medicines
If a man’s erectile dysfunction is from a prescription drug, they might, in retrospect, realize that their ED symptoms began after they started taking the medication. A man should talk with their doctor about the situation rather than stopping the drug without medical guidance. The NIDDK reports that medicines that can cause ED include:
- Prescription sedatives or tranquilizers that make men feel sleepy or have a calming effect
- Appetite suppressants
- Blood pressure pills
- Prostate cancer therapy drugs
These are but a few examples of the many types of medications that can lead to erectile dysfunction. Both prescription and over-the-counter substances can cause ED. Also, “street” drugs can reduce sensation and pleasure, which can make a man impotent.
Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption are known to make a man unable to achieve or maintain an erection. Smoking affects the heart, lungs, and blood vessels, which can reduce blood flow to the penis.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction has physical and psychological causes. Sexual function is a complex process that requires many different body systems to work correctly and cooperate. A problem with only one aspect, like nerves, muscles, or blood flow, can prevent a man from being able to be sexually active.
Physical Causes of ED
Mayo Clinic reports that these are some of the physical conditions that can lead to erectile dysfunction:
- Cardiovascular issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis (a clogging in blood vessels)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- High levels of cholesterol
- Metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, cholesterol, and insulin levels with excess fat at the waistline)
- Being very overweight
- Surgeries, treatments, or injuries to the prostate, pelvic area, or spinal cord
- Peyronie’s disease (an accumulation of scar tissue under the skin of the penis, causing painful curvature of the organ)
As already mentioned, taking certain medications, using tobacco, and drinking heavily can cause or contribute to problems with ED.
Psychological ED Causes
Sexual excitement is a fragile balance of numerous factors, any of which can throw a wrench in the works. A man can experience performance issues if he has:
- Relationship struggles from a lack of communication, stress, or other factors
- Depression or anxiety
- Mental health conditions
- High levels of stress
Often, physical factors can lead to occasional difficulty with erections, and the performance anxiety from thinking about previous ED episodes can cause a vicious cycle of sexual impairment. It’s essential to evaluate both physical and psychological issues when assessing the early signs of erectile dysfunction.
There’s Hope for ED Sufferers
Men who tried various treatments for ED in the past but weren’t happy with the results have a new reason to look forward to a healthy, satisfying sex life.
GAINSWave® therapy uses soundwaves to help restore sexual function to men with erectile dysfunction and help prevent ED in those who don’t have the condition. The therapy doesn’t involve surgery or drugs. The painless extracorporeal shockwaves help the penis grow new tissue and blood vessels. Blood flow is vital for getting and keeping erections.
Men don’t have to check in to a hospital for a GAINSWave® treatment, as it takes place in the office of a highly trained medical professional. There’s no downtime, so a patient can get right back to his life without delay. There are little or no known side effects.
Answering Your Questions About GAINSWave® Therapy
The benefits of a GAINSWave® treatment can last for two to three years. Men can experience stronger erections, better orgasms, and a more satisfying love life. Because the patient doesn’t have to use pills, creams, or gadgets, spontaneous intimacy is now possible.
Men who can’t take prescription ED pills because of heart, liver, or kidney disease, or other medical issues can get the benefits of GAINSWave® therapy. The process is entirely non-invasive and drug-free.
Those interested in the procedure can call a GAINSWave® treatment provider to learn more.