Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition that can last from a few months to years, depending on the underlying cause. According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V), ED must occur for at least six months to be considered a diagnosis. Fortunately, treatments for erectile dysfunction are usually effective and the problem often goes away. The Sexual Counseling Association has fact sheets on medications and other treatments for ED.
The goal of treatment is to correct or improve erectile function, help circulatory health, and improve a man's quality of life. Doctors often use medications such as sildenafil (sold as Viagra) to treat ED. Additionally, a pump at the other end of the tube can create a low-pressure vacuum around the erectile tissue, resulting in an erection. Exercises to strengthen the muscles in the area can also be beneficial in reversing ED.
These exercises can help improve blood flow and circulation, which can help reduce symptoms of ED. Additionally, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, and eating a healthy diet can also help reduce symptoms of ED. If you are experiencing symptoms of ED, it is important to speak with your doctor about treatment options. With the right treatment plan, you can overcome ED and improve your quality of life.