Erectile dysfunction, previously called impotence, is a condition in which a man cannot achieve an erection or cannot maintain an erection for more than a few minutes. In some cases, a man may be able to achieve an erection, but won't the erection isn't firm enough for penetration. The appropriate treatment depends, in part, on the cause of the erectile dysfunction. The good news is that there are several options for successful treatment.
Men suffering from erectile dysfunction are often unable to take medications because of drug interactions with other medications they may need for blood pressure or blood sugar issues. These men have found success using vacuum therapy, which involves the use of a erectile dysfunction pump to artificially increase blood flow to the penis and encourage the achievement and maintenance of an erection.
There are a number of prescription medications now available to treat men with erectile dysfunction. A condition once considered too humiliating even to discuss has reached the forefront of society's awareness. This has led to advancements in scientific research and the development of a few options in medications. While these medications have proven effective for 60 to 70% of men who take them; however, they do come with side effects and may interact negatively with other medications.
In some cases, surgery can be performed to open up the blood vessels and encourage better blood flow in the penis. This is obviously an invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction, and can cause long term nerve damage or infections, and erectile dysfunction surgery is not always successful.
Herbal and Natural Remedies
For men suffering from erectile dysfunction who are don't want to take prescription medications or use other invasive measures, herbal and natural remedies are a viable option. Herbs such as gingko, and amino acids including L-Argitine, have been known to encourage blood flow in the penis with no negative side effects or drug interactions.