Most men occasionally have erectile problems. However, some people have erectile dysfunction, which means that they have trouble getting or keeping an erection enough to have sex.
If you have erectile dysfunction, you may think that a testosterone treatment would help you. Testosterone is a male sex hormone. After 50, testosterone levels gradually decrease in men and erectile dysfunction becomes more common. Unless you have other signs and symptoms of low testosterone, you should think twice before receiving this treatment. Here’s why:
Testosterone treatment does not always resolve erectile dysfunction.
Testosterone treatment does not improve erections in men who have normal testosterone levels. In addition, studies have shown that it is not always helpful in men who have a testosterone deficiency if erectile dysfunction is the only symptom.
Erectile dysfunction is usually linked to other causes.
Erectile dysfunction is usually caused by a drop in blood flow to the penis or by a problem affecting the nerves that cause the erection. These phenomena are the result of other health problems such as hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. These diseases help to narrow the blood vessels and reduce the blood supply to the penis or damage the nerves that cause an erection.
Low testosterone can affect sexual desire but does not usually cause erectile dysfunction.
When should you consider testosterone treatment for erectile dysfunction?
If you have had trouble getting erections for more than three months, talk to your sexologist in Delhi. He will ask you about all of your symptoms and examine you.
Signs and symptoms of low testosterone include decreased sexual desire, hair loss, breast growth, less frequent shaving, decreased muscle size and strength, and increased risk of fractures. In some cases, the volume of the testicles decreases.
If you have any of these symptoms, your doctor may ask you to have blood tests to measure your testosterone levels. The test will need to be repeated and it is best to do it in the morning when testosterone levels are highest.
If tests show that your testosterone levels are low, your doctor will need to check for possible causes, for example, a problem with the pituitary gland.
If no other cause is found, you can try testosterone treatment.
How to treat erectile dysfunction?
Look for medical causes. Erectile dysfunction can be a harbinger of more serious illnesses, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Treating the problem will improve your overall health and the quality of your erections.
Review the list of your medications. Erectile dysfunction can be a side effect of many drugs, including drugs to treat high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, heartburn, allergies, pain, seizures, and cancer. If a drug is causing your erectile dysfunction, your sexologist in Delhi may change the dose or replace it with another.
Improve your lifestyle. Certain unhealthy habits can contribute to erectile dysfunction. Exercise regularly, lose excess weight, quit smoking, consume less alcohol, and do not use drugs.
Consider taking medication to improve erections. Some drugs increase blood flow to the penis if taken an hour before intercourse. These are sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra), and tadalafil (Cialis). Ask your sexologist in Delhi about the benefits and risks of using these drugs. They should be avoided if you are taking nitrates, such as nitroglycerin tablets for a heart condition. Together, they can cause sudden drops in blood pressure.
Seek help in emotional distress. Usually, erectile dysfunction has a physical cause that can be treated. However, depression, performance anxiety, and relationship problems can also cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. Therapy, alone or with your partner, could help you. Your doctor can refer you to a sexologist in Delhi.