Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the inability to maintain an erection that is firm enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse. ED is actually quite common, affecting nearly estimated 30 million men in the United States. Although it can affect any age, erectile dysfunction is most common in men over the age of 40. Some symptoms related to ED include persistent trouble getting and keeping an erection and a reduced desire for sexual interaction.
So what causes erectile dysfunction? According to the Mayo Clinic, male sexual arousal involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels, and if any of these areas aren’t fully functional, erectile dysfunction can occur.
Erectile dysfunction is a significant issue, and not just because it limits your sexual ability. The inability to get or keep an erection can be an early sign that there is a more serious underlying issue. This is why it is important to receive treatment as soon as possible.
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Common Symptoms of ED
- – Achieving an erection sometimes but not every time you want to have intercourse
- – Achieving an erection, but not having it last long enough for intercourse
- – Inability to achieve an erection at any time
- – Distress for the man and his partner
- – Unsatisfactory sex life
- – Reduced sex drive (libido)
- – Fear of sexual failure
- – Relationship conflicts
- – Low self-esteem
- – Embarrassment
- – Depression
- – Anxiety
- – Stress
- – Guilt
Common Causes of ED
To understand what causes erectile dysfunction, it’s important to know first that they can be both physical and psychological. These causes include:
- – Obesity
- – Diabetes
- – High cholesterol
- – Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- – Heart disease and narrowing blood vessels
- – Atherosclerosis
- – Parkinson’s disease
- – Low testosterone
- – Enlarged prostate
- – Smoking tobacco
- – Alcoholism or substance abuse
- – Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea
- – Hormonal disorders (i.e. thyroid conditions, testosterone deficiency, etc.)
- – Treatments for prostate disease
- – Injuries in the pelvic area or spinal cord
- – Radiation therapy to the pelvic region
- – Peyronie disease
- – Multiple sclerosis
Although most causes are medical, there are also some psychological factors that could cause or contribute to symptoms of ED, including:
- – Guilt
- – Fear of intimacy
- – Depression
- – Severe anxiety
Tips For Reducing Your Risk of ED
Although erectile dysfunction can be embarrassing, cause stress or anxiety, and even lead to an unsatisfactory sex life, it is easily treatable. Making healthier lifestyle choices can help manage the existing health conditions that may be causing ED symptoms.
To limit your risk of ED, it’s recommended to maintain good physical and emotional health. Some ways to reduce your risk of ED include:
- – Eating healthy
- – Losing excess weight
- – Exercising regularly
- – Avoiding tobacco use
- – Avoiding excess alcohol use
- – Managing blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- – Treating depression and anxiety
ED Treatment Options
For those who are still suffering from the effects of ED even after making healthier lifestyle choices, other options may be necessary. The good news is that there are several medication options you can speak about with your healthcare provider that will lead you in the right direction to living the satisfactory life you deserve.
Common ED treatment options include consumable tablets and localized injectables.
Olympia Pharmaceuticals compounds various forms of popular oral ED medications, such as:
- – Sildenafil (compare to Viagra)
- – Vardenafil (compare to Levitra)
- – Tadalafil (compare to Cialis)
Another popular and highly effective option that we offer in more than 40 combinations is Trimix. This is an injectable medication backed by a full stability study as well as cGMP testing of every batch.
Trimix is helpful for most men experiencing symptoms of ED. It’s especially ideal for those who cannot take, have not had good results with, or have experienced severe side effects from tablets like Viagra®, Levitra® or Cialis®.
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