Erectile dysfunction is a potential complication following prostate cancer treatments. The nerves that control an erection lie very close to the prostate and may be injured during treatment. However, some men may regain their previous level of erectile function with nerve-sparing procedures. But it may take up to a year while some men may never recover their ability to have a natural erection.
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To find out more about pelvic floor exercises, watch a video about pelvic floor strengthening on the Health and Care Video Library. Pregnancy and pelvic floor exercises
Shock wave therapy is being marketed on a direct-to-consumer basis to the growing number of men distressed by sexual dysfunction due to ED. In this treatment, targeted sound waves are used with the goal of enhancing blood flow and increasing erectile function.
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The third and final exercise which may be of benefit if you have erectile dysfunction is pelvic floor exercise (Kegels).
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Sildenafil treats erectile dysfunction of either physical or psychological causes. It is effective in treating erectile dysfunction in men with coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, depression, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and men who are taking antidepressants and several classes of antihypertensives.
According to a study on Physical activity’s impact on ED taken in 2018, not only Kegels and Pilates but aerobics are also very impactful in treating ED issues. If a person performs aerobics at least four times a week then he can eliminate his Erectile Dysfunction naturally. Aerobics is basically cardiovascular exercises that even keep your heart a healthy. Here are some exercises that you can try at home for better sexual health :
Exercise that results in losing weight, particularly around the waistline, can cut a man’s risk of ED. A man with a 32-inch waistline has only half the likelihood of erectile dysfunction as a man with a 42-inch waistline. Losing excess weight is one of many factors that can affect penile dysfunction.
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Testosterone. It’s a male hormone. If you have a normal testosterone level, you don’t need more.
If you have a neurological disorder or spinal cord injury and other erectile dysfunction treatments aren’t effective, two types of surgical implants could offer solutions to your ED. “An implantable pump can be used to manually create an erection by pumping fluid into cylinders placed inside the penis,” explains Feloney. “The other option is a malleable prosthesis that works like a gooseneck lamp to direct the penis into position for intercourse." Risks for these ED treatments include infection and mechanical breakdown.
Implants also make it more difficult to do surgery for an enlarged prostate, bladder cancer, or other urological conditions.
Alprostadil, available as an injection or a suppository, is a drug that makes the blood vessels expand. That boosts blood flow throughout the body, including the penis, so it helps men with ED have an erection.
It can be embarrassing to discuss sexual matters with your doctor. Yet a doctor’s appointment is neccessary if you want to get treatment for ED. Here’s how to prepare for your doctor visit.
Vacuum pumps are a physical, non-medical ED treatment which serve to improve the quality of erections by improving blood flow and providing a firmer erection.