Of all health problems that can dislodge modern man, erectile dysfunction stands apart, which common people often call impotence. The tragedy of this disease is that in society it is perceived as something shameful, so patient in most cases remains alone with his misfortune. Often men who face inability to start or complete sexual intercourse avoid even visit to doctor, hoping for help of «miraculous» pharmacy products, but as a result of this self-medication their condition only aggravates.
Meanwhile, experts point out that current medical methods for treatment of erectile dysfunction not only return to man joy of full sexual life, but also allow achieving the desired result even in difficult cases – after two or three visits to doctor.
Erectile dysfunction implies chronic difficulties with implementation of full sexual intercourse. This can be applied to both problems with erection, and absence of ejaculation or orgasm, as well as other phenomena that prevent you from enjoying sex and satisfy your partner. However, more often patients come to doctor with a complaint about the first variant of the disorder – when, during sexual excitement, penis for some reason does not fill up with enough blood (remains soft, does not increase in size).Important to Know
Impotence is a fairly common phenomenon: according to statistics, up to 50% of the stronger sex over 40 years of age in some degree face its symptoms. American scientists estimated that «victims» of erectile dysfunction are more than 150 million men.
At the same time, despite the fact that treatment gives effect in 95% of cases, no more than 10% of patients apply to doctor.
There are several risk factors that contribute to development of erectile dysfunction. Problems with potency are often observed in experienced smokers, men with diabetes, coronary heart disease and hypertension, as well as those who suffer from depression, neuroses and some other mental disorders. Sometimes impotence is provoked by taking certain medicines, by sharp change in diet or lifestyle, and by traumas and surgery in groin. Men who abuse alcohol and those who spend most of their time sitting by computer or driving a car should also be prepared for possible «riot on the ship», which one day will destroy plans for a romantic evening.
How to Treat Erectile Dysfunction: Methods and Means
Success in treatment of impotence depends on many factors, on the first place – on cause that triggered the disease. To cope with psychogenic erectile dysfunction in a young man is indisputably simpler than, for example, with severe organic impotence due to surgery to remove prostate gland. An important element of positive outcome of therapy is timely treatment of patient – because the longer the disease progresses, the more difficult it is to reverse pathological process.
Andrology – a branch of medicine that specializes in treatment of diseases of male sexual sphere – has a wide arsenal of methods based on various approaches to fighting erectile dysfunction. Doctors say that there are almost no cases when it is impossible to improve patient’s condition. Therefore, one should never take such a problem as irreversible tragedy and avoid visit to doctor because of fear of hearing disappointing forecast. Erectile dysfunction is only insurmountable nuisance, which in no way should be the cause for severe emotional crisis.
The goal of psychotherapy is to remove block that prevents a physically healthy man from performing sexual function. Trustful relationships with specialist help to find the cause underlying the disorder and overcome past negative experiences. Often effective are joint consultations with permanent partner of a man, because her behavior role in recovery of the patient is very high.
Drugs for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
In some cases, at organic erectile dysfunction, prescription of medicines may be effective. For example, preparations from the group of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors dilate vessels of penis, making erection possible even at severe circulatory disorders. However, their use gives only short-term effect and does not affect the root cause of the disease. Drugs prescribed in the form of ointments and injections work in the same way.
This type of treatment involves use of special medical devices that operate on principle of a pump, which can pump blood into penis (preservation of erection is achieved with the help of special compression rings). As in case of drug treatment, vacuum therapy does not provide a long-term effect and is used as situational aid, which allows to cause erection for a period sufficient for one sexual intercourse.
Special types of massage and self-massage of pelvis and pubic bone area have beneficial effect on tone of vessels in male genital area. Regular procedures help to improve blood circulation in pelvic area and positively influence process of stimulation. It is believed that in absence of gross organic pathology underlying impotence, this approach (as auxiliary one) significantly improves sexual function.
Training muscles of perineum is another way of drug-free treatment of erectile dysfunction. Due to sedentary lifestyle, many men experience chronic stagnation of blood in pelvic region, which disrupts work of vessels and adversely affects erection. Regular training for development of muscles surrounding penis and scrotum, can significantly improve quality of sex. Such exercises can be useful to all men, regardless of whether they have signs of violations in this area.
Unfortunately, in some cases, treatment of erectile dysfunction without resorting to surgical techniques does not give the desired result. In addition, at certain traumas and pathologies of genitourinary system, there is no other way to return «male power» to patient, except to perform prosthetic repair of penis. Currently, various models of implants have been developed that can reproduce natural sexual function with high degree of reliability and provide pleasure to both partners. Main drawback of this method is impressive cost of both falloprosthesis itself and surgery for its installation.
Shock Wave Therapy
A relatively new, but gaining popularity method of treatment of erectile dysfunction is shock wave therapy (SWT). It is based on ability of acoustic waves to soften walls of blood vessels and stimulate expansion of blood supply network of penis, which leads to tangible results after only 1 – 3 sessions. The key advantage of SWT is effect on cause, not on symptoms of the disease. This means that course of treatment with this method provides long-term effect, which makes it possible to significantly reduce, and in some cases completely abandon use of pharmaceuticals, and eliminates need for surgical treatment. Shock wave therapy has virtually no contraindications, is not accompanied by unpleasant sensations or side effects.
Every man who wants to prolong youth, should think about prevention of erectile dysfunction. It includes cessation of smoking and alcohol abuse, losing weight at increased body weight, regular physical activity, full sleep and treatment of chronic diseases – hypertension, diabetes and others. But even if time is lost – do not despair, seek help from urologist-andrologist, and harmony and brightness of intimacy will return in your life.