Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common health problem for men in their middle years. It affects about 300 million men around the world.
When you’re dealing with erectile dysfunction, one of the most frustrating parts is that it can feel like you’re not doing enough to help yourself. You might try taking over-the-counter medication, maybe even a prescription medication or two. But if you’re looking for something more permanent, there are a few options out there.
The first thing you should do is talk to your doctor about how to manage ED symptoms. They may recommend lifestyle changes or medications that can help reduce the frequency of erections.
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Talk about it! If you’re having trouble getting or keeping an erection, talk to each other about what’s going on with your bodies. There may be something that’s causing you to feel self-conscious about sex and not want to have it—and if so, maybe it’s time for some self-exploration! You can try massaging each other’s feet or tickling each other’s sides/ribs during foreplay—or reading erotica together can help you get into the right mindset for intimacy.
If your partner has an illness like ED, diabetes, or high blood pressure that could affect arousal or performance, make sure your partner takes steps towards getting better.
Even if your efforts to treat ED are unsuccessful, you and your partner can still enjoy physical intimacy and satisfying sexual life through the help of medical treatment. If lifestyle changes don’t work, your doctor might suggest medications and devices.
Increasing blood flow in the penile area by using a vacuum pump or vacuum device can also help achieve adequate erections. This is known as penile vibratory therapy (PVT).
These medications may be effective in treating ED, but they aren’t appropriate for everyone. If they are prescribed, they should only be used under the supervision of a doctor who knows how to use them properly.