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What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction (also known as ED) is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. Although this condition can affect men of any age, it is especially common in middle-aged and older men.

How Prevalent is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the most common sexual problem in men. Several studies establish its wide prevalence. It is estimated that about 30 million men have ED. According to one study, 26% of men below the age of 40, 40% of the men of age 40, and as high as 70% of the men of age 70 suffer from ED.

What Are the Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

Following are the common symptoms of erectile dysfunction:

  • Difficulty getting an erection firm enough for sex.
  • Difficulty keeping an erection long enough for successful intercourse.
  • Decreased sexual desire.

Besides the above symptoms, erectile dysfunction commonly causes low self-esteem in men and also results in depression and anxiety issues.

Erectile dysfunction can often be indicative of some underlying undiagnosed diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, thyroid disorder, or stroke because ED is more prevalent in the patients of these diseases.

Therefore, it is critical that you consult a physician and rule out these conditions as well, which can otherwise be life-threatening.

Often, men are reluctant to talk about this issue and fall prey to some quacks whose advertisements you can find posted on walls everywhere. Their promises are fake and the unscientific treatment provided by them can be very dangerous. Thus, it is very important to consult an expert sexologist for getting proper and safe treatment for your problem of ED. Dr. Monga Medi Clinic is a name that you can trust for ethical practices.

How Does An erection occur?

To understand erectile dysfunction, it is important to know the science behind getting an erection.

Erection is a result of a complex event involving the psychologic, endocrine, neurologic, vascular, and muscular systems. We will try to understand it simply.

The penis is made up of sponge-like tissue. Upon sexual arousal, the nerves of the penis stimulate the penis muscles to relax. This allows for a greater amount of blood to flow into the penis and fill the sponge-like tissue, making it bulky, and causing an erection.

What Are the Causes of Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction may be caused by several factors including:

  • Damage to the nerves, muscles, and blood vessels as a result of diabetes; high blood pressure, or high cholesterol levels in your blood.
  • Hormonal imbalances such as thyroid disease.
  • Depression and anxiety. Psychological factor plays an as important role in erection as the physical. Every man can experience ED at times due to any reason, but the performance anxiety it creates causes further ED. Expert psychosexual counselors at Monga Medi Clinic have years of experience in counseling patients with ED.
  • Note that erectile difficulties are often a natural consequence of aging – particularly in men over 40.

Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

For men with erectile dysfunction (ED), treatment options include lifestyle changes, medications that increase blood flow to the penis, alternative medicines such as acupuncture, herbal remedies and supplements, intraurethral suppositories and injections, vacuum devices, penile prosthesis implant surgery, and psychosexual counseling.

Treatment options should be chosen wisely for ED because some of the above options may cause serious side effects.

Vacuum devices can cause tissue damage over some time. Surgeries should be the last resort as they carry all the risks associated with a surgical procedure under general anesthesia. Moreover, the results are mostly unsatisfactory.

The safest treatment options are lifestyle changes, alternative medicine such as Ayurveda, and counseling. We will learn more about these.

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How does Ayurveda Help in Erectile Dysfunction?

Ayurveda adopts a holistic approach by addressing both the physiological as well as psychological aspects of sexual disorders.

It balances the different doshas of the body and revitalizes the reproductive organs, thereby improving their function, and also reduces stress which also significantly contributes to ED.

Several herbs have been proven scientifically to benefit ED. These include Indian Ginseng, Shatavari, Safed Musli, Ashwagandha, etc.

Ayurveda emphasizes equally physical exercises, yoga, and meditation to improve blood circulation, strengthen pelvic muscles, and reduce stress, all of which help with ED.

Over a long period of 75 years, Dr. Monga Medi Clinic has researched and tried various combinations of herbs, ayurvedic therapies, diet, and exercises, and have come up with the best comprehensive treatment for ED.

They have on their panel, experienced counselors, with whom you can discuss your sexual issues confidentially and without any hesitation.

An individualized treatment plan is devised for each patient at Dr. Monga Medi Clinic after one-to-one counseling sessions, understanding their treatment needs and best strategies for them.

Stress is laid on counseling, diet, and lifestyle changes, which can help resolve the patient’s sexual issues safely, and only the required medications are prescribed, that too in strict adherence with Ayurveda Manuscripts (Shastrokt).

Diet (Ahar) and Lifestyle (Vihar) Recommended by Ayurveda for ED

  • A study showed that a high intake of whole-grain bread and cereal was associated with a 34 percent reduced risk of ED compared with a low intake. The researchers also found that total carbohydrate intake was inversely associated with ED risk. Men who ate the most carbohydrates had only half the risk of developing ED.
  • Foods that improve blood circulation, contain nitric oxide or arginine have been shown to help produce a stronger erection. These include watermelon, spinach, and other leafy vegetables, coffee, dark chocolate, dry fruits, oranges, etc.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol use as it is a risk factor for ED.
  • Exercises and physical activity such as walking improves vascular health and thus help with ED symptoms too.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight improves stamina and sexual performance.
  • De-stressing with the help of meditation or indulging in hobbies has a positive impact on the psychological aspect of erectile dysfunction.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What is performance anxiety and can it cause ED?

Performance anxiety is the stress caused by doubts regarding whether you will be able to perform well sexually and satisfy your partner. It stems from low self-confidence. 

Anxiety and stress worsen ED and can cause erectile problems even in men who otherwise do not have any physical reasons for ED. Thus, it is very important not to think too much about your performance.

  • Is erectile dysfunction permanent?

No. The good news is that erectile dysfunction is treatable and reversible. You may require certain medications or you may even get relief in your symptoms with the help of counseling.

Consult the expert sexologists at Dr. Monga Medi Clinic and know about the best and safe treatment options for your sexual problems.

  • How do I know if I have erectile dysfunction?

Though it is normal for every man to experience an erectile problem at some point due to stressful conditions in life, if you are frequently having problems with getting and maintaining an erection enough for sexual intercourse, you might be suffering from the issue of erectile dysfunction.

In this case, you must consult a sexologist or a urologist because ED can be an indication of other diseases also such as diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disorder, etc.

  • How can Dr. Monga Medi Clinic help patients with erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Monga Medi Clinic has extensive expertise of 75 years in successfully treating patients with sexual issues, including ED. The panel of doctors at Dr. Monga Medi Clinic comprises specialists in Modern Medicine, Ayurveda, urology, endocrinology, sexology, dieticians, and physical fitness experts.

Thus, a patient gets a holistic treatment approach here which provides maximum benefit. Dr. Monga Medi-Clinic is known for its ethical practices and maintaining the privacy of the patient comes at the topmost priority for them.

Their services have been recognized with awards such as “The Best Sexologist Doctor in Delhi NCR”. You can avail of online consultations and regular follow-ups through Telemedicine mode also.