Treating Erectile Dysfunction without Medications

The current front-line treatment for erectile dysfunction is a class of drugs called PDE-5 inhibitors. These oral medications, which include Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Stendra, and generic equivalents, allow most men to achieve erections. But these drugs simply treat the symptoms of ED; they don’t improve the underlying condition.

Given a choice, most men would prefer a solution that actually fixed the problem permanently, and didn’t require ongoing medications.

Surprisingly, there are options that may help!

Cardiovascular Health Health

It’s important to understand that there are many underlying causes for erectile dysfunction. The potential for curing ED depends on the underlying cause, and the severity of the condition.

The most common cause for erectile dysfunction is a cardiovascular or circulatory condition, so a good place to start is by paying attention to your cardiovascular health. This may require some big lifestyle changes, but there is another great reason for making a commitment: it can (literally) save your life. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, and the same changes that will help with ED will also minimize the risks to your heart and circulatory system.

Studies have shown that eating a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, reducing your sodium intake, and getting regular aerobic exercise can lessen the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

Bloodflow to the Penis

Men with advanced erectile dysfunction may no longer get nocturnal erections. Scientists believe that these erections are important to provide bloodflow and oxygen to the penis. Lack of bloodflow can further damage the tissue of the penis. There are two treatment options that can improve blood flow to the penis.

Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (LI-ESWT), commonly called shockwave therapy, can improve bloodflow by breaking up the plaque that can block blood vessels. The shockwaves also cause microtrauma to the tissues of the penis; as the body heals itself, it also creates new blood vessels through a process called angiogenesis. Clinical studies have show that shockwave therapy can be a safe and effective treatment for vascualr ED.

The therapy is usually administered in a clinic; a treatment program consists of 6-12 sessions. Clinical treatments are expensive; a complete series will costs several thousand dollars. There are also shockwave therapy devices available for home use.

Another way to improve bloodflow to the penis is through regular use of a vacuum erection device, or penis pump. Studies have shown that therapeutic use of a pump can improve penile health.

Pelvic Floor Muscles

There is also evidence that strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can improve erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and urinary incontinence. The best way to strengthen these muscles is with Kegel exercises. Some men have trouble sticking with Kegel exercises, or. may not be sure they are doing them correctly. Physical therapists use electrical stimulation to exercise the pelvic floor; there are also electrical stimulation devices available for home use.

Psychological Erectile Dysfunction

Sometimes erectile dysfunction can have a psychological cause, including stress, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, or relationship issues. Even if there is an underlying physical cause, repeated “failures” can create stress, which then becomes a contributing factor.

Treating stress and anxiety can be difficult. A few sessions with a sex coach or counselor who deals with sexual dysfunction can often help.

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