Stress, sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition and bad habits-everyday attributes of almost every modern man-lead not only to poor health, but also to problems in the sexual sphere. The need for a medical solution to the problem of erectile dysfunction occurs in both the elderly and young people. Moreover, a sense of false modesty makes men shy away from a visit to the doctor, but in vain. After all, the earlier the diagnosis and treatment of impotence begin, the sooner it will be possible to return to a full sexual life.
Comprehensive treatment of impotence-the key to success
Impotence implies the inability to perform a full sexual act due to the complete absence of an erection or its instability. However, do not use this term to describe a situation where a “misfire” occurred once. There are many reasons why a perfectly healthy man may not be ready for sex, so if you are first faced with such an incident-treat it calmly, this happens to almost everyone. Doctors recommend seeking advice when problems with an erection occur more often than with every fourth sexual act.
What becomes a cause of impotence? Several factors play an important role in the mechanism of erection, and failure at any level will affect the final result.
- Psychological. Arousal begins “from above”: a man should experience positive emotions, be calm and relaxed. A woman’s behavior is essential in the process of sexual arousal. sometimes an awkward word or excessive insistence on her part can significantly weaken the erection.
- Hormonal. A decrease in the production of male sex hormones usually occurs with age, but in some cases this phenomenon is due to a disease of the endocrine system. In recent years, doctors have increasingly diagnosed impotence in young men who are obese: excess adipose tissue changes the hormonal background of a person.
- Neurological. Erectile dysfunction may be the result of disorders of the Central or peripheral nervous system-after a disease or due to prolonged use of certain medications (antidepressants, beta-blockers, Allergy medications, and others).
- Vascular. Since the erection of the penis occurs due to the filling of its tissues with blood, vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and hypertension can negatively affect the erection. Often it is the vascular factor that causes impotence in Mature men.
- Anatomical. Due to some innate features of the structure of the genitourinary system, as well as as a result of operations or accidents, problems may arise with the normal filling of the penis with blood during arousal. Sometimes a psychological factor is added to the anatomical factor – having once experienced a painful shock from an injury, a man may subconsciously be afraid of sexual contact, which will make an erection unattainable.
Interesting fact: Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, known around the world as the author of the musicals “the Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats”, publicly admitted that he became impotent after undergoing surgery to remove a prostate tumor. Unfortunately, this is a frequent consequence of this type of intervention, because the primary task of doctors is to save the patient’s life and prevent urinary incontinence. Meanwhile, regular preventive examination of the prostate by a urologist can detect and cure adenoma or cancer in the early stages, which does not lead to loss of sexual function.
Today, sexologists can help almost every patient. Medicine has a wide Arsenal of methods to combat erectile dysfunction, and competent diagnostics allows you to choose the most effective ones.
Experts strongly recommend not to self-medicate. The prospect of getting an erection back through pills and various technical devices advertised on television and on the Internet seems tempting, but at best this approach will only provide a temporary result, and at worst it will harm, exacerbating the problem.
Modern methods of treating impotence
In rare cases, the doctor prescribes a single treatment method aimed at eliminating the pathological factor. Much more often, especially in the “advanced” form of impotence (when the patient did not immediately seek advice) and for men of Mature age, an integrated approach is effective. It is characterized by a combination of therapeutic methods and is aimed not only at rapid recovery of sexual function, “correcting the breakdown” that initially led to the disease, but also at combating self-doubt that develops in most patients.
In a situation where an erection is not always absent, but only during sexual acts, doctors talk about the psychogenic nature of impotence. In this case, arousal can be achieved during Masturbation or during sleep. Often, to help the patient, you do not need to prescribe pharmaceuticals or medical procedures, just a visit to a qualified psychotherapist (sometimes with a partner). The specialist will help you understand your emotions and advise effective techniques aimed at restoring sensuality, overcoming the clamps and creating a romantic atmosphere in the bedroom.
Medications for the treatment of impotence
Ordinary people traditionally perceive medications against impotence as miracle pills, after which sexual function is instantly restored-even if only for a few hours. For example, sildenafil or tadalafil-based drugs work in a similar way. Other drugs are aimed at eliminating the root cause of the disease. This can be, for example, hormonal drugs prescribed by a doctor, vitamins and dietary Supplements that help normalize the work of the sex glands, medications that improve the conduction of impulses along nerve fibers, and so on.
By the way, medications for impotence do not always take the form of tablets: some patients are prescribed treatment in the form of ointments, injections, rectal candles and solutions for injection directly into the external opening of the urethra. The success of such therapy is determined by the individual characteristics of each patient, so you should be prepared for possible side effects, as well as follow certain rules (for example, the introduction of certain medications requires the mandatory use of a condom).
Vacuum treatment of impotence
Another common method of treating erectile dysfunction is to use negative pressure created by special mechanical devices that need to be used immediately before sexual contact. A vacuum pump pumps blood into the penis, after which the erection is held by a special ring placed on the base of the organ. This approach allows you to maintain a” working ” state of the penis for up to 30 minutes, which is quite acceptable for some patients as a symptomatic therapy for impotence. But the vacuum method cannot provide a complete cure of the disease.
Massage of the perineum and pelvic organs is an important method that is used in the complex treatment of erectile dysfunction. Improving blood circulation in this area helps to activate metabolic processes, dilate blood vessels and increase the effectiveness of drug therapy. The psychological component is also important: massage sessions increase the sensitivity of the genitals, relieve stress.
Surgical treatment of impotence
If conservative treatment is considered ineffective, and there is no chance to restore the natural function of the penis, the doctor will recommend to his ward vascular surgery or prosthetics of the penis. Modern approaches to surgery allow a man to regain the joy of sexual life in 95% of cases, and the patient will no longer need to turn to “emergency pills” or a vacuum pump. The main drawback of the surgical method is the high cost of the operation, as well as possible individual contraindications to the operation, which is undesirable for elderly people.
Although erectile dysfunction does not pose an immediate threat to a man’s life, treatment of this disease is extremely important for his well-being and mood, as well as for maintaining harmonious relationships in the family. It is no accident that the initiators of a doctor’s visit are often women who are concerned about the health of their partner. Trusting relationships with the doctor and an optimistic attitude are the key to a successful solution to the problem of impotence.