Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the most common problem affecting men’s sexual wellness. It strikes men of all ages, though the percentage of men dealing with the issue rises dramatically with increased age. It may often harm a patient’s relationships, self-esteem, and overall quality of life. While legitimate treatment options were once limited, the 21st century has seen the emergence of several effective therapies that have made it possible for men to maintain active sex lives indefinitely. Revitalize Anti Aging Centers offers a range of solutions for ED.
ED and Low Testosterone
Erectile dysfunction in men can very often be linked to testosterone, the primary male sex hormone. Low testosterone levels can affect a man’s ability to have or to maintain an erection as well as decrease a man’s interest in sex. Fortunately, replacing the lost testosterone has become easier and more effective than ever. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has helped countless men restore their ability to achieve an erection naturally.
Testosterone replacement is available in several forms; creams, gels, injections, and sustained-release pellets. These pellets are placed under the skin every 3-4 months and continuously release hormones in a manner that more closely mimics naturally produced hormone blood levels.
Patients agree that sustained-release hormone pellets are the most convenient method to replace testosterone, as they eliminate the need to remember to apply creams or gels or take regular injections.
Other Causes of ED
Low testosterone is not the only hormonal cause of erectile dysfunction. Thyroid hormone imbalances can cause ED but also affect overall energy levels, metabolism, and quality of sleep – all of which, in turn, impact sexual health. Finally, cortisol levels can be a factor in men who are experiencing chronic anxiety and stress. Rebalancing these hormones can be a highly effective treatment.
Hormones aside, other factors often related to erectile dysfunction include medication side effects, heart disease, and atherosclerosis (plaque build-up) in the vessels supplying blood to the penis. Depression, excessive alcohol consumption, and performance anxiety also should be ruled out and treated.
Of course, many of these issues involve behavioral matters. At Revitalize Anti Aging Centers, we understand the importance of good nutrition and a healthy diet, exercise, adequate sleep, and decreasing stress. We can help with these issues and dramatically improve a man’s sexual health.
Pharmaceutical ED Treatments
If hormone imbalances are not the problem, or if the patient is not interested in hormone replacement or rebalancing, and the above other possible factors have been considered and dealt with, there are some widely-used medications available to rectify the issue.
PDE5 Inhibitors. You have no doubt heard about well-publicized PDE5 inhibitors such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra), and avanafil (Stendra). They work by dilating the corporate cavernosa tissue of the penis, acting directly on smooth muscle cells lining blood vessels. Thus, they facilitate erection upon sexual stimulation. These medications can help most patients but they are not for everyone. Men with heart failure, severe diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), a history of certain types of stroke, or eye disorders including retinitis pigmentosa cannot take PDE5 inhibitors. Also, men taking nitroglycerin or other nitrate medications should not take these drugs.
Direct Application. Another solution for ED is a medication that can be injected directly into the base of the penis, causing an erection. We offer a combination of three different medications known as a trimix. Comprised of papaverine, phentolamine, and alprostadil, the trimix helps to achieve an erection in many cases. Patients are taught to do the injections by themselves before sexual activity.
Alprostadil alone can also be injected directly into the penis. Alternatively, the suppository form of the medication, which is smaller than a grain of rice, can be placed directly into the penile tip opening using an applicator. Alprostadil injection is said to be 80% effective in producing an erection while the penile suppository form of the medication produces an erection in 30-40% of men.
Tired of ED? We Can Help!
If you’re experiencing chronic erectile dysfunction, or simply a decrease in the quality of your sex life, contact us at Revitalize Anti Aging Centers. We can help you rejuvenate and restore this important part of your life.
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