Are you concerned about your erectile dysfunction? Join us this month to learn about the causes and solutions for ED. You'll also find helpful tips on how to improve your bedroom performance.

Impotency Awareness Month: The causes–and solutions–for ED

Erectile Dysfunction (ED), or impotence, is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual activity. An estimated 30 million American men suffer from ED, according to the National Institutes of Health. While the cause of ED can vary, it is most often due to a medical condition. Treatments for ED range from medications and surgery to pumps and other mechanical devices.

Causes of ED

The most common cause of ED is a medical condition called atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. This condition occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries, restricting blood flow to the penis. Other common causes of ED include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and low testosterone. In some men, ED may be caused by psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, or depression.

Treatments for ED

The most common treatment for ED is oral medication. These drugs, such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra), increase blood flow to the penis, making it easier to develop and maintain an erection. Other treatments for ED include penile injections, penile implants, and vacuum devices. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damage to the arteries or nerves.

Prevention of ED

The best way to prevent ED is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption can also help to prevent ED. If you have a medical condition that may be causing ED, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it is important to manage these conditions with medications or other treatments.

Hear from Dr. Michael Bedecs of the Age Management Center in Portland, ME about the leading causes and treatments for men suffering from erectile dysfunction.