Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common sexual problems experienced by men of all age groups. In this condition a man becomes unable to attain as well as maintain the erection of penis to sexually satisfy his partner as well as himself. Though male of all age groups can be affected with this sexual problem but middle-aged men, around 50-55 years of age, are more likely to have this problem. However by making some lifestyle changes and through other treatment one can cure erectile dysfunction in any age. In this write-up we are discussing the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction, especially in middle aged men.
Since last few decades doctors are considering the process of increasing age as well as psychological problems as the main cause of erectile dysfunction in older men. As the age increases the arousal can take longer time which may or may not be due to any psychological problem.
After the age of 50 years, it can also cause due to any urological problem. The blockage in the flow of blood due to any other physical problem like diabetes or atherosclerosis etc. can also be the main cause of erectile dysfunction as the erection involves the flow of blood into the blood vessels of the penis. Any problem in the vein supplying blood to the penis or any other physical problem like certain surgery or hormonal imbalances can also cause ED, especially in older men.
The side effect of certain medications on the nervous system controlling the production of erection can also cause erectile dysfunction in middle aged people. These medications may include sedatives, stimulants, antihistamines, diuretics as well as the drugs for treating cancer, depression or high blood pressure. In some cases the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and certain illegal drugs are also considered as the potential reason of erectile dysfunction.
Managing your health and adopting healthy lifestyle are considered as the best ways to prevent erectile dysfunction at any age. If you have some chronic medical condition like heart problem or diabetes etc then you should consult your doctor in this regard. You should do exercise regularly and stop or limit taking alcohol, smoking and illegal drugs with immediate effect. Regular medical checkup and tests as well as reducing mental stress are also necessary to prevent erectile dysfunction.
The problem of erectile dysfunction in middle aged people can be diagnosed through physical as well as psychological tests. Before starting any treatment to cure erectile dysfunction your doctor will recommend few tests along with asking few questions to come to some right decision. These tests may include physical test, urine test, blood test and ultrasound etc. to know the cause of low supply of blood into your penis.
After diagnosing the right cause of your erectile dysfunction your doctor can suggest you a suitable treatment as per your general health condition as well as the severity level of the problem. The treatment can be different for different people depending on various conditions. In some cases the doctor tells you about the pros and cons of every treatment option so that you can choose the most suitable option for getting rid of your sexual problem.
The treatment options to cure erectile dysfunction may include:
It is one of the most successful treatment options for older men. Most of the oral medicines help in increasing the production of nitric oxide in your body to relax the muscles of your penis and increase the flow of blood into it. But you should take any medicine as prescribed by your doctor as they can cause certain side effects also like nasal congestion, visual changes and upset stomach etc.
If you already have some medical condition then you should not start any oral medicine in this regard without consulting your doctor. Some medicines like nitrate drugs and drugs for low blood pressure or heart diseases can react with oral medications recommended for erectile dysfunction, which can be dangerous for you.
There are certain other medications which usually people take to cure erectile dysfunction. These medications include:
Self injecting medicines
Replacement of testosterone
Penis surgery, pumps and implants
In some cases battery powered pumps or surgery to place implants into the penis is also suggested to cure erectile dysfunction.
Some people use homemade remedies to treat their erectile dysfunction.