According to statistics, erectile dysfunction (ED) affects roughly 30 million men in the United States: approximately 1 percent in their 40s, 17 percent in their 60s, and 50 percent 75 years and older experience the inability to achieve or keep an erection.
Most men experience difficulty getting an erection from time to time, and it isn’t usually a cause for concern. However, if erectile dysfunction (ED) becomes a more frequent problem, it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition that requires treatment.
Read on to find out more about the condition, particularly its potential causes and the treatment options available for it.
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?
ED has various potential physical and psychological causes. These include the following:
- Cardiovascular conditions, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure (hypertension), and atherosclerosis (clogged blood vessels)
- Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, and stroke
- Peyronie’s disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Low testosterone
- Injury or surgery to the pelvic area or spinal cord
- Poor blood flow into the penis
- Sleep disorders
- Certain medications, such as cancer medications, antidepressants, prostate medications, and medications for hypertension
- Relationship problems
The risk of erectile dysfunction increases with age, and it can increase even further in men who have cardiovascular risk factors. Unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and using illicit drugs, can also cause erection problems.
Treatment for ED
There are a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatments available for ED. The treatment suitable for you will depend on the underlying cause of your condition and personal preferences.
See your doctor to ensure you get an accurate diagnosis for your condition and appropriate treatment.
If ED is caused by stress, depression, or anxiety, psychological counseling may be recommended. If it is related to a medical condition, such as low testosterone or high blood pressure, tackling it at its root can be enough to reverse ED. In some other cases, direct treatment may be required to manage ED successfully.
- Sound Wave Therapy
GAINSWave® is a registered trademark for a specific application of low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LI-ESWT)— a safe and effective treatment that can help to reverse the effects of erectile dysfunction in men of any age. It can also be used to treat Peyronie’s disease (a condition characterized by penile curvature and painful erections).
Treatment involves using a small, hand-held device that is gently run along the skin of the penis. The device produces sound waves that painlessly penetrate the skin to break up plaque within the blood vessels, thus helping increase blood flow to the area. It can also stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and nerve tissue, thereby enhancing sensitivity and increasing sexual pleasure.
LI-ESWT is a safe, painless treatment that offers lasting results and does not harm your fertility.
- Lifestyle Changes
Lifestyle changes, such as reducing stress, losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, and stopping smoking can help you restore erectile function. Regular exercise, especially aerobic activities, has also been shown to improve symptoms of ED.
ED Treatments at NIVA Health
If you have erectile dysfunction and would like to find out more about GAINSWave® low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy, specifically how it can effectively reverse your condition, schedule a consultation with the wellness professionals here at NIVA Health.
At NIVA Health, we utilize innovative treatment approaches that leverage the body’s natural healing ability to address a vast variety of medical conditions, helping you reduce or even avoid the need for surgery and medications.