If you are new to the diagnosis of Erectile Dysfunction, you might wonder if it will last forever. It can seem overwhelming at times.
We know that it can be a life adjustment, and we want to bring you all the information and tools we have here. If this sounds like something that might help you, keep reading below.
Erectile Dysfunction Information
Erectile Dysfunction, also known as (ED), is a common condition among men across the world. It can occur in men starting at age 50 and older. Although it is more common in older men, diagnosing ED can also occur in men who are 30 and younger. When symptoms start to show up in the younger generation, that is when outside help may be needed. For this age group, it is no longer considered a normal part of aging and should be checked out.
What Does Erectile Dysfunction Look Like?
Erectile Dysfunction can look a little different for each individual. Although this is true, there are a few common characteristics to look for across the board.
- Loss of sexual libido
- Inability to form an erection
- Increase in lethargy or no energy
- Inability to keep an erection
- Uninterested in sex or foreplay
How Common Is Erectile Dysfunction?
Nearly 18 million men living all over the world suffer from symptoms of ED. Living a normal life with Erectile Dysfunction is doable. Life as you know it does not end after this prognosis; you just adjust and move forward.
What Are Causes of Erectile Dysfunction?
The most common known cause of ED is age. As men get older, ED can be a common side effect of the natural aging process. A few other causes of this disorder are:
- Tobacco Use
- Alcohol Use
- Drug Use
- Being Overweight
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Injury to Pelvic Area
If you are reading that list and thinking about your personal life and what you experience, you might find that you suffer from many of those causes or just nervous that you might develop ED in the future from the causes listed. Either way, there is help available.
What Should I Do First If I Suspect Erectile Dysfunction?
If you have been noticing some characteristics particular to ED, call your doctor. Make an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss your symptoms. You can also start to improve your self-care and see the positive changes that doing so can bring.
What Are the Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction?
Focused Shockwave Therapy
Focused Shock Wave Therapy is a new therapy option used to treat symptoms of ED. It is used for men who have Vasculogenic ED. Focused Shockwave Therapy uses high-energy sound waves to quicken tissue repair and boost cell growth. There is no anesthesia involved or needed to complete this procedure. Using a wand-shaped device, your provider will place it over different areas of the penis at 15-minute increments. As your appointment progresses, the wand will emit pulsing vibrations that help to trigger blood flow and increased tissue remodeling.
Radial Wave Therapy
Using sound waves, Radial Wave Therapy will increase blood flow through the penis. Your provider will use a Radial Wave Wand Device that emits low-intensity energy sound waves. They will use the wand to deliver five points of contact, which will follow at 3 locations on top of the shaft of the penis, and 2 below the shaft of the penis. When the sound waves pass through the skin and the shaft of the penis, blood vessels are prompted to grow, and blood flow improves. Appointments to have this procedure completed need to be scheduled out for 6 treatments over a period of 6 weeks. Each appointment is expected to be less than 30 minutes.
What Can I Do at Home to Also Improve My Erectile Dysfunction?
There are a few methods of helping improve your symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction. They are as follows.
- Adjust your eating habits
This might seem daunting at first. Nutrition can often feel like something more complex than it is. Look at how you eat on a day-to-day basis. You might find that you run out of time to eat during the day if you work a full-time job in healthcare, or are a busy stay-at-home parent. Or on the flip side, you might find that you just don’t like cooking, so you eat out most of your meals during the
week. No matter which side of the coin you find yourself on, ask yourself, “Where can I improve here?” start by picking one area and working on that. It doesn’t have to be a huge change at first. It could be as simple as making your breakfast at home instead of stopping at McDonald’s every morning to grab it. Work on this habit for a few weeks, and when it is learned, pick another one. Repeat this pattern, and you will always be progressing your nutrition at a level that is sustainable long term. This means more results.
- Put your mental health first
We all know it. Our mental health is often the first thing that gets put on the back burner when life gets busy. We let go of that monthly meet-up with a long-time friend for lunch, or we say yes to things that are over piling on our plate. When you take the time to put yourself first and take care of your body and mind, amazing things happen.
- Get 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night
What is the second thing that often gets pushed under the rug when life gets chaotic? You guessed it: sleep. Either you are so busy during the day that by the time you wind down, you don’t want to go to sleep because it is your time to do things you want to do. Or the opposite can also be true in this scenario as well. You might find yourself so busy and exhausted that sleep becomes non-existent, except for the 3-4 hours you get when you finally climb into bed after a 12-hour workday most nights of the week. Not only will your body be completely and utterly exhausted, but your mind won’t be able to function as well. You might notice anxiety or depression starting to creep in. You might also notice you catch a cold or start to feel under the weather. Either way, getting adequate sleep is key to keeping your body running efficiently and feeling good.
- Implement a consistent exercise routine
You guessed it! Exercise is the 3rd aspect of life that gets overlooked or dismissed when life gets busy. If you do not have a consistent exercise or workout regime in place in your life right now, don’t wait. Make it a priority. This doesn’t mean you have to go sign up for a gym membership. If you want to, go for it! But there are many different ways to take care of your body and workout, and that even includes at home. Find a trusted program or trainer on YouTube and carve out the time to turn it on and finish. You could also try different classes at a gym or sign up with a friend or accountability partner. Whatever gets you excited about working out, do it. It is recommended that adults fit in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise activity each week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week. You can do one or the other, or a combination of both. These guidelines are really simple to incorporate. If you sit down and make the time in your schedule, that equates to one 30 minute workout planned for 5 days of the week. This is completely doable with a little planning on your end. The main issue for most people is going to be time. Take the fight out of it now, and plan the schedule, and all you have to do is get dressed and show up.
- Have a healthy network of relationships
One of the likely causes of Erectile Dysfunction symptoms could often be relationship stresses. Taking a mental inventory of relationships in your life can be an awesome tool to boost your mental and physical health. If there are relationships (romantic or otherwise) that are draining, or stressful more than they are a relief, think twice before making further plans with that individual. Take the time to cultivate healthy relationships, and see how your health improves.
Visit Genesys Men’s Health for Your Erectile Dysfunction Needs
At Genesys Men’s Health, we take each case seriously and want to give you the tools you need to feel like yourself again—and get your life back. If you are suffering from symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction, look no further. With our office located in Salt Lake City, Utah, we have a great team of friendly staff that is ready and able to help you find the answers you need. You can also give us a call at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today!