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 (one in five men). 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?

Be sure to consult your doctor about symptoms you may be experiencing and which treatment options are right for you.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Diagnosis of ED and whether or not it will be permanent depends on each patient.  Much of the time, ED is caused by a physical ailment that is not initially related to the penis itself. Usually, it has to do with weight, circulation, and cardiovascular health. A few examples that can contribute to erectile dysfunction include:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome.

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.

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.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

As for treatment, most people are aware of the little blue pill. These medications do come with side effects like:

  • Facial Flushing
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Inability to differentiate colors (especially green and blue)
  • Temporary loss of hearing
  • Ringing in ears
  • Dizziness

As an alternative, there is always the penis pump. They are safe, natural, and don’t care the same health risks that erectile dysfunction pills carry. There is only one known permanent option: a penile implant. 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.

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