Male impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, can be a very problematic medical condition affecting the love life of men. Sometimes, stress, depression, anxiety, medications and certain underlying medical problems can lead to this dysfunction. Low self-esteem, sexual dissatisfaction, marital or relationship problems and problems with fertility can result if male impotence goes untreated, says the Mayo Clinic.
Change lifestyle habits. For example, quit smoking, lose weight, drink less alcohol and exercise at least 30 minutes every day. According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), making these changes can lead to improved sexual performance.
Schedule an appointment with a psychotherapist or sexual therapist. These professionals are trained to quell any anxieties that may cause male impotence. They also teach techniques that can help with arousal.
Increase blood flow through the penis using such phosphodiesterase medications as sildenafil, tadalafinil and vardenifil. Go to a physician to obtain one of these prescription medications. According to the Mayo Clinic, these drugs specifically work on nitric oxide (a chemical in the body) to relax the penile muscles. This subsequently results in more blood flow. More blood to the penis allows for an erection to occur more easily.
Take an alprostadil injection, a penis suppository or testosterone replacement treatment for impotence as directed. The Mayo Clinic says the alprostadil injection provides a sustainable erection in five to 20 minutes. A penis suppository is placed in the shaft of the penis where it is absorbed. Increasing testosterone in the body may lead to an erection.
Consult a surgeon and decide whether a penile implant, penis pump or surgery on the penile blood vessels can help treat erectile dysfunction. The NKUDIC says a penis pump is placed over the penis to create a vacuuming effect so that an erection results. A penile implant can be surgically placed to promote an erection. Lastly, a leaking penile blood vessel can be repaired, so that an erection results, says the Mayo Clinic.
Things You'll Need
- Sildenafil, tadalafil or vardenafil
- Testosterone replacement
- Alprostadil injection or suppository
- Penis pump or implant