Sildenafil (Viagra) was the first oral phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor approved by the FDA in the United States for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (it is not approved for women). Sildenafil inhibits PDE5, which is an enzyme that destroys cGMP. By inhibiting the destruction of cGMP by PDE5, sildenafil allows cGMP to accumulate. The cGMP in turn prolongs relaxation of the smooth muscle of the corpora cavernosa. Relaxation of the corpora cavernosa smooth muscle allows blood to flow into the penis resulting in increased engorgement of the penis. In short, sildenafil increases blood flow into the penis and decreases blood flow out of the penis.
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Often men with erectile dysfunction are able to improve sexual function by making a few lifestyle changes. Stopping smoking, losing weight, and exercising regularly can help by improving blood flow. If you suspect a medication could be contributing to erectile dysfunction, talk to your doctor about it.
Nearly every primary care physician, internist and geriatrician will be treating men with ED.
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If it happens only occasionally, it's not likely to be serious. All men have problems with erections at some time in their lives.
Tell your physician about any health problems you’ve had in the past and all the medications you take, both prescribed and over-the-counter. It’s also important to let your doctor know if you use recreational or illegal drugs, drink alcohol, or use tobacco products.
Your doctor can provide you with specific details about the pros and cons of each of the following treatments: Lifestyle changes like stopping smoking, losing weight and eating healthier Vacuum Erection Devices
Dr. Natalya Lopushnyan treats many patients suffering from erectile dysfunction. Below is an article she wrote describing erectile dysfunction treatment options.
The new review indicates that the more exercise you do, the greater the effect. And it becomes more effective, the harder you push yourself.
Kegel exercises, also called pelvic muscle exercises, are performed to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, which can help prevent incontinence, prevent accidentally passing gas or stool, and improve orgasms.
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There shouldn't be, said Eilber and other experts. Sex is a critical part of being human, and its significance is not just to procreate. Quality sexual activity has a major impact on your mental and emotional health, your quality of life and the strength of your intimate relationships. A series of studies backs this up, indicating sex and affectionate touch are critical for multiple aspects of well-being, such as feeling understood, cared for and accepted.
A study in Massachusetts Aging Study reported the following epidemiological findings: Erectile dysfunction: The patient can’t reach erection for almost every sexual intercourse. Moderate dyspnea: the main symptom perceived by patients affected by chronic respiratory diseases affecting sexual activity Severe diarrhea: The patient who have a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction.
In diagnosing the cause of erectile dysfunction, an ultrasound may be done on the lower abdomen, the pelvis, and the testicles, or it may be restricted to just the penis.