Your doctor may diagnose you with erectile dysfunction if you have trouble getting or keeping an erection. Occasional problems may not be worrying, but when you have erection difficulties regularly, it's time to talk to your doctor. Here are some ways your doctor might help.
1. Talk To You About Improving Your Health
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by cardiovascular disease. If your vessels can't supply a healthy blood flow to your penis, you'll have trouble getting an erection. Your doctor might help by prescribing medication, but he may also encourage you to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
If cardiovascular disease is affecting your penis, it may be just a matter of time before it affects other parts of your body too, if it hasn't already. Improving your health can benefit you in other ways besides helping your erections. Plus, you may have more stamina and energy for an improved sex life when you feel healthier.
2. Recommend Testosterone
If you also have a low sex drive, fatigue, and other symptoms of low testosterone, your doctor might suggest you start testosterone therapy. You might take oral medication, apply gel, or get an implant. By restoring more youthful levels of testosterone, you may notice you have more energy, more interest in sex, and improvement with your erections.
3. Prescribe ED Drugs
Erectile dysfunction drugs increase blood flow to your penis, so they might be helpful for your erections. The cause of your ED should be determined first so your doctor understands what's going on with your body and that you don't have nerve damage or some other problem. Also, ED drugs shouldn't be taken if you take certain other heart medications, so talk to your doctor about whether ED drugs are appropriate for you.
4. Consider An Implant
An implant may not be right for everyone, so you'll need to discuss your situation with your doctor. An implant can give you an erection so you're able to have sex normally. The implant might be made of bendable silicone so you can bend your penis up when you're ready for romance.
Another option for the implant is an inflatable device. When you're ready for love, you inflate the implant so your penis looks and feels like it has a natural erection. You need surgery to get an implant, so you should be in fairly good health. It takes several weeks to recover fully, so it may take a couple of months before you'll be able to try out the implant with your partner.