Erection problems are a common problem among men, particularly as men get older. They can impact a man’s self-esteem, relationships, and overall quality of life heavily. The good news is that there are a range of safe and effective, non-invasive, medical, and wellness treatments available to successfully treat the condition, allowing individuals to feel better and enjoy a healthy sex life again.
Understanding Sexual Problems
Erection problems are believed to affect as many as 30 million men in the United States alone, with men over 40 most commonly affected. They can be caused by a number of different physical and psychological factors, from medical conditions or testosterone deficiency to stress and lifestyle factors. An erection problem can make having a good sex life difficult and can impact many areas of life, including self-esteem and self-worth.
Men can experience different types of sexual and erection problems, which can include:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED) – difficulty getting or maintaining an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
- Premature ejaculation – ejaculating sooner during intercourse than a man or his partner would like, such as reaching orgasm prior to intercourse or quickly after starting. It can be connected to erectile dysfunction but is considered a separate condition.
- Peyronie’s disease – a condition in which scar tissue, known as plaque, develops inside the penis, causing the shaft to curve. It can result in painful erections and pain during intercourse.
Sexual and erection problems can be caused by many different factors, including:
- Medical conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease
- Being overweight or obese
- Low testosterone
- Injury/surgery to the pelvic area or spinal cord
- Poor blood flow into the penis
- Sleep disorders
- Certain medications, such as cancer medications, antidepressants, prostate medications, and blood pressure medications
- Mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression
- repeated injury to the penis, such as during sex or athletic activity
- Relationship problems
- A fear of intimacy
- Lack of sexual confidence
- Abnormal levels of brain chemicals
- Inherited traits
Erection problems can lead to relationship problems and issues with sexual intimacy for both the man and his partner.
Although psychological problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety can cause erection problems, they can also result when a man has a sexual or erection problem.
Effects of Erection Problems on Mental Health
Erection problems can have a significant impact emotionally and be a great source of distress and unhappiness. It can be a difficult topic of conversation between partners, and a lack of communication can trigger emotional issues for both parties.
Men affected by erection problems can feel many different things and find it more difficult to form lasting and fulfilling sexual relationships. Erectile and sexual dysfunction can often lead to low self-esteem and other negative emotions, such as feeling undesirable, unworthy, insecure, unattractive, and embarrassed. Masculinity and confidence can also be affected. Over time, if the problem is left untreated, it can lead to more severe mental health conditions.
Treatment for Erection Problems
In order to treat an erection or sexual problem, it is important to identify the underlying cause of the problem. There are a range of non-invasive medical treatments available that aim to improve sexual performance without the need for invasive surgery or medications with unwanted side effects. These treatments can include:
Low-intensity, focused acoustic soundwave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), is a quick, non-surgical, and painless treatment for Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction. It uses energy from soundwaves to improve blood flow to the penis and stimulate the healing and regrowth of healthy tissue. It can help to break up scar or other tissue build-up to encourage tissue repair and regrowth, and to relieve symptoms.
Testosterone replacement therapy Erection problems can be caused by low testosterone (low-T) levels in some men. This can also cause symptoms such as muscle loss, weight gain, mood swings, memory loss, and urinary problems. If diagnosed with low-T, a personalized hormone replacement treatment plan based on health and lifestyle can help to improve symptoms, such as testosterone supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes, prescription medications, or testosterone injections, topical gel, or patches.
Man Shot is a safe, natural, and nonsurgical sexual rejuvenation and enhancement procedure that involves extracting a sample of the patient’s blood and injecting it into the problem area to stimulate new tissue growth. It can offer a number of enhanced sexual benefits, such as increasing blood and nerve circulation to the penis, breaking down scar tissue, and increasing sexual stamina.
Other treatments can include penis pumps, which are devices that form a vacuum to draw blood into the penis to create an erection, and topical and oral medications and techniques to help delay ejaculation.
Effective, Non-Invasive Treatments For Erection Problems In Melbourne, FL, Jacksonville, FL, Manalapan, NJ, Naperville, IL, Wixom, MI, and Woodstock, GA
At NIVA Men’s Health, our specialist men’s health professionals use a variety of medical techniques to successfully treat conditions such as erectile dysfunction, infertility, low testosterone, and many other men’s health-related problems. Our wellness therapies can help improve your sex life and avoid the need for medications and invasive surgeries.
If you would like to find out more about the wellness services available at NIVA Men’s Health, contact us at one of our convenient locations to get started. You can also request an appointment online or sign up for a complimentary consultation now.