8 Facts About Erectile Dysfunction You Didn’t Know

Erectile dysfunction is often a topic of discussion that is avoided. This can make you feel isolated and embarrassed when in reality, the condition is more common than many people realize. Although the topic is often considered “hush, hush,” there is treatment available to not only temporarily relieve the symptoms, but treat erectile dysfunction for good. Revived Medical wants you to be informed and empowered with knowledge relating to ED. Based on the facts below, you can make more informed decisions relating to your physical and mental health. 

  1. Any Man Can Suffer From ED
    Although the majority of severe cases of ED happen to man between the ages of 40-75, erectile dysfunction can happen to men of any age. In fact, most men will experience some degree of ED during their lifetime. Cases can range from a one-off  situation to mild or even chronic impotence. Stress, anxiety, depression, and alcohol are common contributors to experiencing ED on occasion. However, if you find yourself regularly unable to get or maintain an erection, it is worth discussing with a medical professional.
  2. ED Can Be a Symptom of Something Else
    Sometimes, erectile dysfunction can be an indicator that there is a larger issue happening within your body. Because the vast majority of cases are caused by insufficient blood flow to the penis, certain conditions and diseases such as diabetes, high or low blood pressure, heart and liver disease can be the culprit. It is important to advocate for your body and bring any changes up to your provider.
  3. Blood Flow Issues Is The Primary Cause of ED
    The human body is miraculous, and getting an erection is the perfect balance between hormones and the brain increasing blood flow to the penis. For the majority of ED cases, blood is not sufficiently reaching and filling the blood vessels in the penis to get an erection. Blood vessels lead to the penis and make up an intricate network within the penis shaft. As men age, these blood vessels do too. The quality of blood vessels decrease and can become blocked by plaque and calcium build-up. 
  4. Some Medications Can Contribute to Erectile Dysfunction
    Because blood flow issues are the primary cause of ED, some prescription medications have been known to affect blood flow and thus lead to ED. Typical medications that contribute to ED are antidepressants, cholesterol medicine, blood pressure medicine or beta blockers, as well as allergy drugs or antihistamines. If you are experiencing ED while taking medication, it is best to speak with your provider to see if there is an alternative prescription option available. Continue with your prescribed medications until you speak with your healthcare provider.
  5. Coffee Is Helpful
    Believe it or not, but coffee has been known to help ease the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Having about 2 cups of coffee a day or between 100-150 milligrams of caffeine has been shown to be the sweet spot of having an added energy boost as well as the ability to get an erection. It is thought that the caffeine from coffee helps to relax the muscles in your body and allows the blood to flow to the penis more easily. It is important to note, coffee is a healthier and more natural form of caffeine intake compared to sodas and energy drinks.
  6. ED Does Not Directly Effect Fertility
    Men suffering from ED often wonder if their fertility will be effected. The good news is that erectile dysfunction does not directly affect the quality and quantity of sperm. However, it can make it harder to achieve pregnancy when you are unable to get and maintain an erection. With the help of treatment, you can achieve an erection without any hindrance to your fertility.
  7. ED Can Be Treated
    You don’t have to suffer from erectile dysfunction. There are a variety of treatments available that offer short or long-term results. The most common treatments are: 
    • Medication: Providers can prescribe ED medications which create a chemical reaction in the brain that signals the muscles in your penis to relax and fill with blood to create an erection. Although simple, this treatment option only provides a temporary reprieve of ED symptoms and must be taken 30 minutes to 3 hours prior to intercourse.
    • Surgery: This is typically a last case scenario treatment that some doctors may offer. Surgery for treating ED includes inserting a rod into the penis shaft that you have the ability to inflate and deflate as desired. As with any surgery, there are risks and a recovery period which should be discussed with your provider.
    • Acoustic Wave Therapy: Acoustic wave therapy is a newer treatment to the urology world that has been successfully treating ED with long-lasting results. This treatment is risk free and doesn’t require any pills or needles. Acoustic wave therapy treats the root cause of ED by increasing blood flow to the penis.
  8. Acoustic Wave Therapy Offers Long Term Results
    ED has successfully been treated with Acoustic Wave Therapy for over 10 years. This treatment has also been largely used in the orthopedic field of medicine as this therapy naturally increases the healing process within your body. Because majority of ED cases are caused by insufficient blood flow to the penis, Acoustic Wave Therapy uses a wand-like device over the penis shaft that emits acoustic wave pulses. These pulses help to revitalize existing blood vessels that may be weakened or hindered by plaque build-up. In addition to rejuvenating existing blood vessels, the treatment also encourages new blood vessels to grow. Having high quality and quantity blood vessels allow you to naturally get an erection on demand. 
    • Acoustic Wave Therapy is a no risk treatment that is done over the course of multiple sessions. This pain free option requires no recovery period and results are seen within weeks. You can read more about Acoustic Wave Therapy here.

Many men who suffer from ED have a hard time accepting they may need assistance from a medical professional. The tips above should help you to feel more confident and empowered. Revived Medical is here to help you take control of your health. Schedule your appointment today to treat ED for good. 


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