Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the most common sexual problem that men report to their doctor. It affects as many as 30 million men. ED is defined as trouble getting or keeping an erection that's firm enough for sex.
Though it's not rare for a man to have some problems with erections from time to time, ED that is progressive or happens routinely with sex is not normal, and it should be treated. ED can also lead to other issues such as low self esteem, depression or distress for the man and his partner. If ED is affecting a man's well-being or his relationships, it should be treated. Treatment aims to fix or enhance erectile function, help circulatory health and increase the quality of a man's life.
ED can result from other health related problems, emotional issues, or both. Some known risk factors are:
- Being over age 50
- Having high blood sugar (Diabetes)
- Having high blood pressure
- Having cardiovascular disease
- Having high cholesterol
- Smoking, using drugs or drinking too much alcohol
- Being overweight or lacking exercise.
Causes of ED can be related to both physical and emotional conditions, some of which include:
Physical Causes of ED
- There is not enough blood flow into the penis
Many health issues can reduce blood flow into the penis, such as hardened arteries, heart disease, high blood sugar (Diabetes) and smoking.
- The penis cannot trap blood during an erection
If blood does not stay in the penis, a man cannot keep an erection. This issue can happen at any age.
- Nerve signals from the brain or spinal cord do not reach the penis
Certain diseases, injury or surgery in the pelvic area can harm nerves to the penis.
- Diabetes can cause small vessel disease or nerve damage to the penis
- Cancer treatments near the pelvis can affect the penis' functionality
Surgery and or radiation for cancers in the lower abdomen or pelvis can cause ED. Treating prostate, colon-rectal or bladder cancer often leaves men with ED. Cancer survivors should see a Urologist for sexual health concerns.
- Drugs used to treat other health problems can negatively impact erections
Patients should talk about drug side effects with their primary care doctors.
Emotional Causes of ED
- Relationship conflicts
- Stress at home, work or social conflicts
- Worry about sex performance
The treatment for ED starts with taking care of your heart and vascular health.
You may need to change certain food habits, stop smoking, increase workouts or stop using drugs or alcohol. If you think it is a side effect of drugs used to treat other health problems, it is recommended to speak with your doctor and you may be offered alternatives to the drugs you take. (Never stop or change prescription drugs without first talking to your health care provider.)
Your health care provider may also suggest treating emotional problems. These could stem from relationship conflicts, life's stressors, depression or anxiety from past problems with ED (performance anxiety).
There are prescription drugs that can be used to treat ED. But most importantly, there are many natural ingredients that can support symptoms of ED, which we have scientifically researched to develop TESTO.
TESTO supports men’s natural ability to get and keep an erection, with a natural and non-prescription product that targets the cause, not just the problem. The ingredients we use are proven to increase blood flow, testosterone and boost your libido. TESTO should be included as part of your daily diet to support your ongoing sexual performance.