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Is Erectile Dysfunction Permanent?

Is Erectile Dysfunction Permanent?

If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), you are not alone. It is estimated that over twenty- million men in the United States suffer from erectile dysfunction. Causes of ED can be either physical (such as high blood pressure, diabetes or even old age) or psychological (such as depression). There are natural treatments (such as weight loss or the use of a penis pump) or medicines prescribed by your doctor. But you may be wondering if once a man is diagnosed with ED, will it remain an issue for life or is there a chance for a full recovery?

Diagnosis of ED and whether or not it will be permanent depends on each patient. Be sure to consult your doctor about symptoms you may be experiencing and which treatment options are right for you. However, some particular problems may lead to permanent ED problems.

For instance, pelvic surgeries are among the most common causes of organic sexual dysfunction in men. As with any surgery, possible injury to surrounding nerves and or blood vessels may result. If nerves are permanently altered, occurrences of impotence are more likely to be a permanent issue.

Cigarette, drug and alcohol abuse often reduce erectile function as well. The harsher the abuse and the longer the history of overuse, the more likely that these substances will lead to permanent ED effects. Permanent dysfunction may occur due to the effects that smoking can have on the blood vessels or that alcohol can have on the nerves.

As for treatment, there is only one known permanent option: a penile implant. Different from temporary solutions like oral medicines or penis pumps, the surgery implants a device directly in the penis. Current technology ensures that these implants have a high mechanical reliability.

However, if you are among the majority of men who do not have permanent ED, even small changes to improve health can go a long way towards boosting your sexual functionality and avoiding permanent damages. If you are interested in permanent solutions to curing erectile dysfunction, consult your doctor about what treatment options are right for you.

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