Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be caused by a number of different reasons. Whether or not it could be permanently cured, depends on what exactly is causing your ED. If your ED cannot be permanently cured, ED medications – Viagra, Levitra, Cialis and Spedra – can be used to temporarily cure your ED, allowing you to get and maintain an erection.

It may be possible to permanently cure ED if you experience ED in relation to:

  • Lifestyle factors
  • Stress or anxiety
  • A medication side effect
  • An underlying health condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Some minor injuries

Lifestyle Factors

Lifestyle factors such as smoking, being overweight, drinking alcohol and drug use can lead to ED. You may be able to cure your ED by making changes in these areas. Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet can help you reverse ED, but it is also important to stop smoking, drinking or taking drugs if this could be the cause of your ED.

Stress or Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can reduce your libido and cause ED. Getting an erection and enjoying sex depends a lot upon different chemicals in your body being in sync. Many men suffer from performance anxiety, which is a specific type of anxiety relating to sex. This can be caused by worries surrounding pregnancy, sexual health, satisfying your partner, poor body-image and low-self esteem. Whatever the cause of your stress or anxiety, a counsellor, sex therapist or cognitive behavioural therapist, should be able to help you overcome this. You may also find that you can make small changes to reduce your stress/anxiety. You can also try self-help methods related to cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness or meditation.

Medication Side Effects

Every medication has potential side effects. For some medications, ED can be a side effect. This is especially common in medications that are designed to reduce blood pressure, as adequate blood flow is required to maintain an erection. If you are experiencing ED as a side effect of medication, you should speak to the prescribing doctor who may be able to offer you an alternative. When you stop taking the drug, you should find that your sexual function returns to normal within a few days.

Underlying Medical Conditions

The risk of ED increases with age, as do underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. High blood pressure can interfere with the blood supply to your penis, and diabetes can affect the nerves you need to get aroused. Depending on the condition and how far along you are, you may be able to reverse or ameliorate ED associated with these conditions. The best option is to speak to your doctor for specific advice. They may tell you to make lifestyle changes, such as improved diet and more exercise, to increase your chances of total recovery. But ED medications are often prescribed to individuals with other underlying health conditions that may cause their ED.

Minor Injury

Injury can come in many forms. A common cause of ED is from excessive cycling. Cycling can put pressure on the perineum (between the testicles and anus). Nerves and blood vessels that are important for an erection, run through the perineum. Putting prolonged pressure on these structures can result in damage. This damage may be minor and people often recover after finding a better bicycle saddle, taking more frequent breaks from cycling or reducing their cycling altogether. If you think cycling or any other injury is the cause of your ED, it may be worth speaking to a doctor to find out your chances of natural recovery or if there’s anything else you can do to make recovery more likely.

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