Erectile Dysfunction & Treatment
From Potomac Rejuvenation Center in Washington DC
More than half of all men in the United States may experience some level of erectile dysfunction, with about 40 percent of men in their forties and 70 percent of older men, dealing with the issue. Men with heart disease or diabetes, who take specific medications for those health issues, may have a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Potomac Rejuvenation Center in Washington DC treats erectile dysfunction with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and offers clients a physical clinic location as opposed to many which are online only. Potomac Rejuvenation Center in Washington DC offers effective treatment for erectile dysfunction, partnering with a licensed Specialty Pharmacy to deliver a customized treatment plan to each patient, specific to his needs.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
While erectile dysfunction can be an issue which many men don’t want to talk about, it is important to realize that many men are affected by this issue, and there are solutions to the problem. Some of the symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:
- The inability to achieve or maintain an erection;
- Low libido or sex drive;
- A decrease in fertility;
- Premature ejaculation;
- Lack of natural lubrication;
- Decreased sensitivity;
- Poor sexual stamina;
- Loss of pleasure in sexual encounters, and
- The inability to achieve orgasm.
Sexual Activity and Oxytocin
Oxytocin, best known for its roles in female reproduction, has been found in recent studies to be involved in a wide variety of functions, including sexual activity, penile erection, ejaculation, and even social bonding and stress. Known as the hormone of labor over the past century, Oxytocin is now also known as the hormone of love. Some interesting facts about Oxytocin include:
- Sexual activity stimulates the release of Oxytocin;
- Oxytocin is the neuro-hormone responsible for initiating childbirth, and is also released during sexual orgasm;
- Among non-human mammals, Oxytocin plays a key role in the initiation of maternal behaviors as well as the formation of adult bonding.
- Social stimuli can also induce the release of Oxytocin, which makes social interactions more rewarding, and
- Studies show those who maintain Oxytocin levels during negative emotions are less likely to report interpersonal problems.
Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
The Potomac Rejuvenation Center has developed protocols for treating different causes of erectile dysfunction which includes the improvement of sex drive, sensitivity and the ability to achieve an orgasm. A man’s testosterone levels are analyzed, and treatment provided for men who have low, or sub-optimal testosterone levels. Some of the treatments offered by PRC include:
Tadalafil Sublingual Trochees: These trochees are a generic form of Cialis which dissolve under the tongue for maximum absorption into the bloodstream. The Trochees are custom-made for the individual patient, available in different strengths. The response time is long-lived, and can last for 2-3 days for most patients. Troches are also available with Oxytocin and Tadafil for a mood enhancing effect.
Sidenafil Capsules: These capsules are the generic equivalent of Viagra, with an enhanced effectiveness due to customized dosage strength and capsules rather than tablets. Sidenafil capsules are convenient, fast acting and great for confidence and performance in the bedroom.
Intracavernous Injection Therapies: The American Urologic Association deems intracavernous injections as the most effective, non-surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction. Injections into the penis, unlike oral medications, triggers an automatic erection, and can be performed by the individual 5 minute prior to sexual activity, lasting no longer than an hour. Intracavernous Injection Therapy is affordable and effective.
Erectile Dysfunction and Low Hormone Levels
Erections depend on testosterone, but the relationship between the two is not completely understood since some men continue to have healthy erections despite low testosterone levels. Low testosterone levels are linked to some of the same conditions which play a role in erectile dysfunction, including heart disease, Type II diabetes and obesity. Men with low testosterone levels can benefit from testosterone replacement therapy as a means of restoring libido.
Erectile Dysfunction Medication vs. Hormone Replacement Therapy
Among men with low testosterone levels, ED drugs like Viagra or Cialis may not always be the best place to start. Prior to Viagra and drugs like it, testosterone was considered an important medical therapy for erectile dysfunction, triggering both the desire for sex aas well as, in many cases, an erection. According to associate clinical professor of urology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, testosterone, by itself, can improve erections in the majority of men who take it. In some cases, if a man is still not satisfied with the quality of his erection with testosterone therapy alone, a combination of testosterone replacement therapy as well as the right ED drug can restore normal erections.
How Proper Diet and Exercise Can Help Erectile Dysfunction
Men who have erectile dysfunction may see significant improvement by doing such simple things as exercising and eating right. According to one Harvard study, 30 minutes of walking a day was linked to a 41 percent drop in the risk for ED. A Massachusetts Male Aging Study found that limiting red meats, processed meats, and refined grains, along with the addition of fruits, whole grains, fish and vegetables in the diet can significantly decrease the likelihood of erectile dysfunction. Further, a chronic B12 deficiency may also contribute to the development of ED. Losing weight when necessary can improve ED, as a man with a 42-inch waistline is 50 percent more likely to develop ED than one with a 32-inch waistline.
Getting the Help You Need From PRC
If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, help is available. Schedule a consultation with Potomac Rejuvenation Center in Washington DC to learn more about ED symptoms as well as how PRC can help reverse those symptoms. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation, and to learn more about what to expect during your first visit to PRC.