If you're struggling with erectile dysfunction, know that there are treatments available. Don't suffer in silence – talk to your doctor about your options. With proper treatment, you can get your sex life back on track.

Erectile dysfunction? There’s a cure for that

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a man’s inability to get or keep an erection. It can be caused by physical problems, psychological issues, or a combination of both. There are many possible treatments for ED, including medications, surgery, and lifestyle changes.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by physical problems, psychological issues, or a combination of both. Physical causes include:

  • heart disease
  • clogged arteries
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • hormonal problems
  • injury to the nerves or muscles
  • sleep disorders

Psychological causes include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • stress
  • relationship problems

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

Erectile dysfunction can be treated with medications, surgery, or lifestyle changes. Medications used to treat ED include:

  • oral medications such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra)
  • injections into the penis
  • suppositories

Surgery for ED can include:

  • implants
  • vasectomy

Lifestyle changes that can help treat ED include:

  • quitting smoking
  • losing weight
  • exercising regularly
  • eating a healthy diet
  • reducing stress

When should I see a doctor?

You should see a doctor if you have ED that is causing you distress. Many men are reluctant to seek medical help for ED, but it is important to see a doctor if you are having difficulties achieving or maintaining an erection. ED can be a symptom of a more serious condition, such as heart disease or diabetes, so it is important to get checked out by a doctor.