Are you having trouble getting or maintaining an erection? You’re not alone! Erectile Dysfunction (ED) affects about 30 million men in the United States! Erectile dysfunction is such a common experience that most men experience difficulty achieving an erection at least once in their lifetime. Although most cases of ED happen in men who were previously able to get and sustain an erection, some men have never been able to have or maintain an erection. This is understandably a concern, and if you’re left thinking that your sex life is ruined forever, don’t. It’s possible to relieve and often eliminate erectile dysfunction symptoms.
But before we get to that, let’s clear up some confusion regarding ED.
There’s been some confusion about what erectile dysfunction is. ED isn’t just the inability to “get it up” anymore. Erectile dysfunction symptoms also include:
- Getting an erection sometimes, but not every time you want to have sex
- Difficulty maintaining an erection for long enough to have sex
- Reduced desire to have sex
- Premature ejaculation
- Delayed ejaculation
Erectile dysfunction symptoms can also be a symptom of another health condition like:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Sleep disorders
- Alcohol consumption and drug use
- High blood pressure
- Any condition that affects blood flow to the penis
Now that we’ve cleared that up, you know whether what you’re dealing with is ED. So, the next obvious question is, “can erectile dysfunction heal itself?”
Can Erectile Dysfunction Heal Itself?
We know you’re hoping that the answer to this question is an unequivocal yes. Few men want to discuss ED with anyone, including their doctors.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to let you down, because the answer is “not usually.” If you’ve been stressed out about the symptoms of ED, that means you’ve had them long enough and frequently enough to notice them. Which means they haven’t healed themselves. Moreover, symptoms can also increase in frequency as you become more and more stressed and frustrated with your body. It can feel like a vicious circle.
So, how can you fix your erectile dysfunction?
We’re glad you asked. Studies have shown that it’s possible to reverse erectile dysfunction, and even in cases where a cure isn’t possible, treatment can reduce and even alleviate ED symptoms. This does come with a caveat, though.
If you’ve never been able to have or sustain an erection (Primary ED), you may need intensive medical-based treatments. If you’ve had regular erectile function in the past but are now having problems (Secondary ED), then it’s likely a temporary condition, and you have a better chance of reversing it.
Short-Term Relief or Long-Term Reversal?
There are two ways to approach ED treatment.
One is a short-term approach that treats the symptoms but doesn’t address the underlying cause. The little blue pill (Viagra) falls under this category. It helps increase blood flow to the penis, which can help you achieve and maintain an erection.
But if you want lasting relief – or even reversal – you need to take a long-term approach and address the underlying cause. Make an appointment with your Nava healthcare provider, be honest with them about the problem, and follow their guidance on what needs to happen next. Nava will begin with advanced diagnostic testing to accurately assess underlying conditions and then build a custom treatment plan for erectile dysfunction symptoms.
Tests for underlying conditions might include:
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- Urine tests (urinalysis)
- Psychological screening
How can addressing the underlying cause relieve ED symptoms?
If you have a chronic condition like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, or hardening of the arteries, then the blood flow to your penis will not be as good as it should be. What causes an erection is high octane blood flow to the penis – so if the pathways are blocked like with a dribbling hose, you will not achieve and maintain an erection.
However, lifestyle changes can treat these conditions and their symptoms, including the ones associated with Erectile Dysfunction.
In addition, if you have a hormone imbalance like Low-T or a thyroid hormone imbalance, then your sex drive will be affected – and not in a good way. The excellent news about hormone imbalance, however, is that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can treat it.
BHRT for Erectile Dysfunction
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy uses naturally derived hormones to provide a steady stream of hormones directly to your bloodstream, improving symptoms of an imbalance, including erectile dysfunction symptoms. BHRT can enhance your sex drive, lift your mood, and improve erections. BHRT can also help clear up some of the other underlying causes of erectile dysfunction like obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
How is BHRT delivered?
- Your Nava Health practitioner inserts a tiny hormone pellet just under the surface of the skin.
- The pellet slowly releases hormones into your body, rebalancing your hormones.
- Between four and six months, the pellet dissolves and is absorbed by your body.
- You can have another one inserted.
Here’s what you can expect from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for erectile dysfunction:
- BHRT is discreet. No one even has to know the pellet is there.
- Sexual function will improve.
- The results are long-lasting, with minimal risk of side effects.
- BHRT is less invasive than penile implant surgery and more convenient than a penis pump.
Beyond BHRT, there are some other newer options worth mentioning that can treat your ED symptoms. Our two favorites are Shockwave Therapy and PRP.
Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction?
Shockwave Therapy. The name sounds extreme, but it is a non-surgical, non-injection, non-invasive way to restore sexual health. It delivers low-intensity sound waves into the tissue of the penis to promote healing and restoration of your natural sexual function by clearing blood vessels of plaque and stimulating the growth of new vessels.
PRP for Erectile Dysfunction?
PRP has been used in the medical community for decades to stimulate cell development and regeneration in various tissues. It’s currently used in cosmetic surgery, orthopedics, and wound-healing and is a treatment option for ED. Many men have found that PRP (and P-shots – another option) can help them get their sex lives back on track.
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