How not to have erectile dysfunction: causes, implication and treatment

How not to have erectile dysfunction

Erection dysfunction according to webmd is known as impotence and interferes with sex life due to penis difficulty in getting hard.

How not to have erectile dysfunction;

While this condition usually takes most sufferers unaware, knowing what to do to prevent it will be quite a life saver.

Be on a healthy weight, only take drugs on doctor’s prescription and complain to your doctor on any odd symptoms, work on your mental and emotional health, treat nervous concerns with urgency, treat chronic and long term illness with all carefulness, be wary of some hormonal drugs and seek therapy to quit drug use.

Erectile dysfunction happens with most men making firm erection difficult. Causes vary from psychological, medical and other causes listed below and treatments vary.


  • Psychological issues like fear of intimacy, depression, trauma, anxiety, stress etc
  • Problems with blood flow( Atherosclerosis) prevents blood flow to penis
  • Hormonal level disorders( Thyroid conditions, testosterone deficiency)
  • Problems with nervous system
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure medications
  • Heart disease and narrowing of blood vessels
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Anatomical disorders e.g peyronie disease
  • Lifestyle like drug abuse or substance abuse, excessive smoking, drinking, alcohol and tobacco use
  • Radiation therapy to pelvic region
  • Surgical complications and damage to pelvis
  • Treatment of prostrate disease
  • Sleep disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Low testosterone levels
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Medications used to treat anxiety and depression( Antidepressants like serotonin inhibitors)
  • Cancer( Chemotherapy agents and drugs)
  • Hormone drugs
  • Heart medications like digoxin

Implication of Erectile dysfunction

Infertility, low self esteem, reduced interest in sex, anxiety etc is the resultant effect of erectile dysfunction

N/B: Advanced stage of prostrate cancer can cause erectile dysfunction as well as most medication used to treat prostrate cancer

Drugs for erectile dysfunctions

It is recommended to take most of this pills minutes before sex

  • Viagra( The blue colored pill, sildenafil)
  • (Levitra, staxyn)
  • Avanafil( Stendra)
  • Tadalafil( once daily pill called cialis)

The above drugs are PDE6( phosphodiesterase-5)inhibitors and must be taken on doctor’s prescription.

Comes with side effects like

  • Headaches
  • Hearing loss
  • Indigestion
  • Flushing
  • Visual abnormalities

Other treatment options include

Prostatic massage

Used in combination with other treatments to promote blood flow to penis


Use of Chinese medicine to treat erectile dysfunction

Oral medications

Involves the ingestion of prescribed drugs orally

Surgical treatments

Consisting of penile implants inserted into penis to help maintain erectile dysfunction

Vascular surgery

To treat erectile dysfunction is rare. It should be the last resort based on doctor’s recommendation. It is rare form of surgery

Vacuum devices

Using vacuum pumps. A plastic placed on penis to mechanically produce an erection by preventing blood flow from leaving the penis. Vacuum devices are prone to mechanical faults. Speak to your doctor.

Dietary supplements

There is no evidence to support claims that herbal and dietary supplements helps to improve cases of erectile dysfunction

Extra tips

Yoga, kegel exercise, pelvic muscle strengthening exercise, walking, jogging etc to allow overall circulation of blood etc. Also learn how to overcome fears and anxiety as a coping strategy

Testosterone therapy

For those with low levels of testosterone


Injection test: To evaluate forms of erection

Urine test( For underlying health conditions)

Nocturnal penile-:evaluates quality of erections

Physical examination

Po stage stamp test to determine cause of erectile dysfunction

psychosocial history( involving history of your medications, psychological challenges, sex and relationship history, underlying medical complication/surgery history etc


  • Struggling to get erection
  • Struggling to maintain erection
  • Struggling to maintain erection equal to desire to complete intercourse
  • Inability to ejaculate
  • Delayed ejaculation
  • Reduced interest in sex
  • Inability to achieve orgasm

Additional tips

  • Quit or limit alcohol intake
  • Limit red meat consumption
  • Eat lots of watermelons, fruits and vegetables
  • Eat whole grain
  • Limit intake of processed sugars and full fat diary
  • Increase cocoa intake


  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Reduce stress
  • Eat healthy
  • Get and stay active
  • Get help for anxiety and depression
  • Avoid use of certain drugs without doctor’s prescription
  • Quit smoking and drinking
  • Control medical conditions like diabetes and heart diseases

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How not to have erectile dysfunction
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