Erectile Dysfunction Research
About 10 to 20 million men in the United States today suffer from erectile dysfunction or in the inability to start or maintain an erection resulting in a failure to complete or even sometimes start sexual intercourse.
Erectile dysfunction occurs in men of whatever age or ethnicity but is more prevalent among men who are 65 years old and above. Due to this fact, it is difficult to come up with a single type of treatment and the need to study in order to come up with just the treatment option needed by the particular needs or requirements of each patient.
The seriousness of erectile dysfunction as a sexual and psychological condition as well as its heavy impact on the person and his partner and family have led a number of health experts and medical scientists to further study this condition.
Research on the causes as well as treatment of erectile dysfunction has been going on for the last twenty years and it stretches from the study of the sexual organ, to its cellular composition, genetic and physical causes as well as biochemical and other medical interventions.
Such research have nevertheless ended in promising results, resulting in medical interventions to treat erectile dysfunction or at least temporarily enable a man to have an erection such as the development of medical drugs like Viagra or other therapies like prostaglandin E1 penile injections.
Recent erectile dysfunction research has led to a better and balance understanding of erectile dysfunction and has helped doctors to make a more exact medical diagnosis as well as recommend effective treatment for erectile dysfunction.
These latest developments in the field of erectile dysfunction research have not only helped to easily determine the exact cause of impotence in each patient, it has also resulted in the development of other tools such as the nocturnal penile tumescence and rigidity testing (NPTR) which is used to study penile erections while a person is sleeping as well by indicating other lifestyle factors which may cause erectile dysfunctions like smoking, alcohol and drug abuse.
Factors like stress, poor physical conditioning, obesity and low self-esteem have also been discovered to also adversely affect interest as well as performance in sex which eventually can lead to erectile dysfunction.
In order to recommend the appropriate mode of treatment for individual cases of erectile dysfunction, examining doctors research the medical history of the patient and look for special medications, illicit drugs and alcohol abuse, cigarette smoking, surgeries and other chronic illnesses as well as laboratory and psychological testing in order to trace the possible causes of impotence.
Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and radiation treatment have also been identified as possible causes of erectile dysfunction. Once the exact cause is determined, the doctors recommend the most effective methods of treatment which may either be medical drugs like Viagra, invasive surgery like cavanosometry, cavernosography, and pelvic arteriography, penile implants or penile injections.
But in most cases, even medications or invasive treatment is not enough. Recent studies in erectile dysfunction show that certain lifestyle changes like exercise, balanced diet or cessation of smoking, alcohol and drug use is also required in treating impotence. In using oral drugs, like Viagra, in order to treat erectile dysfunction, doctors also have to check antihypertensives and antidepressants that could lead to serious medical complications.
Erectile dysfunction research have led to promising advances in treating importance and developing more effective options for treatment, making more and more men suffering from erectile dysfunction, a return to a healthy sexual life.