According to Harvard Health Publishing, lifestyle changes that can help prevent erectile dysfunction include:
- Engaging in regular exercise
- Making healthy dietary choices
- Striving for good overall health
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
Smoking contributes to adverse medical conditions like diabetes. If a man gives up smoking, it can have a positive effect on his overall health. Other lifestyle changes like avoiding drugs and alcohol can also contribute to improved overall and sexual health.
Understanding the Science Behind Erectile Dysfunction
ED can be caused by health conditions that restrict blood flow to the penis or that cause dulled or damaged nerves. Mental health issues including stress and anxiety can also contribute to cases of ED. Common medical conditions that cause or contribute to ED can include:
- Heart disease
- Sleep disorders
If a man suffers from erectile dysfunction, it means he struggles to achieve an erection that is firm enough to fully engage in sex. Chronic ED can lead to stress, which can add to the problem.
Men Should Stay Alert to the Symptoms of ED
Because erectile dysfunction can often indicate another medical condition, it is always a good idea to seek medical attention for ED. The first signs of the onset of ED is a good time to start paying attention to the signals a body sends. It is also a good time to start taking preventive measures and making lifestyle changes that help prevent ED.
According to the Merck Manual, many of the commonly seen symptoms of ED include:
- Not having an erection first thing in the morning
- Numbness in the penis, pelvis, or buttocks
- Leg cramps during exercise or other physical assertion
A man should get to know his body so he can be aware of any unexpected changes that might signal ED. Men should seek medical help early if they notice any of the signs and symptoms above.
The Emotional Impact of ED
The inability to achieve or maintain an erection can have more than a physical effect. For many men, it can also lead to frustration and stress that can cause the condition to worsen.
The stress of being unable to have an erection at will can often lead to discomfort, secrecy, and low self-esteem. When a man notices the signs of ED, he should talk to his partner, his doctor, and an ED treatment specialist. Men should not hesitate to ask for help with ED or any sexual health issues. There are treatment options for ED that can restore a man’s sex life.
Medical Care for Chronic ED
In addition to lifestyle changes, ED can sometimes be treated by medical intervention. When the underlying cause of ED is a health condition, medical treatments that offer relief may make a positive difference. Mayo Clinic reports that medical interventions that can prevent or relieve ED can include:
- Effectively managing diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic health concerns
- Routine checkups that can diagnose health concerns and allow early medical intervention
- Alleviating stress, depression, and other mental health concerns which can help create improved overall health
Men should discuss any concerns they have about their overall health with their doctor. A doctor will consider the role a man’s general health plays in ED. The prescription medications men take for other medical conditions might also contribute to some cases of ED.
How a Doctor Diagnoses ED
A man should never rely on self-diagnosis for ED. Instead, he should see a GAINSWave® doctor for a complete exam and professional diagnosis. ED is diagnosed with a careful medical examination of the penis and scrotum. According to Mayo Clinic, additional medical exams a doctor may perform include:
- Tests of nerve sensitivity and function
- Blood and urine tests to check for underlying conditions
- An ultrasound to examine blood vessels and blood flow
A GAINSWave® doctor may also ask questions about a man’s current mental state. He will ask these questions to determine whether stress or emotional issues are contributing causes of ED. Men should answer these questions honestly and thoroughly to help their doctor achieve an accurate diagnosis and recommend the right treatment plan.
Men Can Explore ED Treatment Options Today
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