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Erectile Dysfunction - How Can This Problem Be Treated?

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Dr. Anuj Sharma 92% (807 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Fellowship of Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo Surgeons (FIAGES), Fellowship in Sexual Medicine
IVF Specialist, Meerut  •  16 years experience
Erectile Dysfunction - How Can This Problem Be Treated?

Erectile Dysfunction refers to the inability to get an erection and keep it firm enough for indulging in sexual intercourse. Having trouble to get an erection from time to time is not really a serious situation but if it tends to persist for quite some time, then it can lead to stress, impact one’s self-confidence, hence affect relationships. Facing this problem can also be a sign for health condition, which might be an underlying problem that requires treatment.

Details about Erectile Dysfucntion

Some of the details about Erectile Dysfunction that people must be aware of. They include:

  • A study reveals that 50% of men lying in the age group of 40-70 years have some sort of Erectile Dysfunction.

  • This particular problem often tends to get ignored by men as it is not a life threatening one.

  • Men avoid taking medical help; hence prolong this problem as they see the condition as a stigma.

Causes behind the Problem

Some of the major problems that lead to Erectile Dysfunction include:

  • Lifestyle: If one leads a lifestyle where there is too much of smoking, drinking as well as drug abuse, then there is every chance of developing this problem. Gaining weight and less physical activity can also contribute heavily towards the problem.

  • Injuries and Diseases: Brain injuries and diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular problems, atherosclerosis can all cause the problem of Erectile Dysfunction.

  • Medication: Certain medicines prescribed for blood pressure along with some antidepressants and tranquilizers can lead to the problem.


Treatments for prostate cancer, bladder cancer can damage nerves and blood vessels close to the penis, hence leading to the problem.

How to treat this problem of Erectile Dysfunction?

The problem of Erectile Dysfunction can be treated at any age. The treatment methods include:

  • Drugs like α2 receptor antagonist

  • PDE5 Inhibitors

  • Prostaglandin E1

There are some natural ways through which this problem can also get treated. Those include:

  • Bringing forth some modifications in behavior

  • Getting rid of harmful habits like smoking and drinking

  • Carry out sexual tasks in a structured manner

  • Psychotherapy

  • Consultations with doctor

  • Patient and partner Education

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