Impotency or erectile dysfunction is a common problem for many men. Trouble obtaining or maintaining an erection can occur for a number of different reasons. When a man experiences stress at home, at work, or in his relationship, it can make achieving an erection a difficult process. What most men fail to realize is that impotency is most often linked to psychological issues. If a man experiences depression, it can make it difficult to focus on achieving an erection. Impotency may also be the result of medical issues. For example, a lack of proper circulation can also make it nearly impossible gain an erection.
Discovering the source of the problem is the first step toward finding treatment for male impotency. Your doctor may recommend that you go to therapy sessions in order to talk about your stress, depression, and frustrations. Just talking out your issues can go a long way toward helping you achieve an erection. If you are experiencing trouble within your relationship, it is important to work these troubles out by talking with your significant other or going to couples therapy. You may also want to consider sex therapy, which will help clear your mind and stimulate an erection.
Drug therapy is yet another form of treatment for male impotency. In March 1998, men finally found hope for impotency issues when Sildenafil (Viagra) was released onto the market after approval from the FDA. Men taking Viagra may experience an erection that lasts three to four hours. In addition to Viagra, Cialis and Levitra may also be used to treat male impotency. The only way to gain access to drug therapy is to make your doctor aware that you have an impotence problem. Do not be embarrassed to talk to your doctor. Chances are, he or she has seen this same problem many times before.
Another treatment for male impotency is injectable drugs. Using a fine needle, men can inject a drug into their penis in order to encourage blood flow so the penis becomes engorged. Injectable drugs include alprostadil, hydrochloride, papaverine and phentolamine. Keep in mind that these drugs can lead to adverse side effects including priapism, which occurs when an erection persists for longer than four hours. It can also lead to scarring. You may want to consider trying a number of other treatments prior to using injectable drugs. Many men find that oral drugs and therapy is enough to help them overcome their issues.