Future Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction | New in Science

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It is natural for men around the age of fifty to start experiencing a change in their erections. This change can occur earlier in men who’re smokers and men who suffer from diabetes. However, it is a gradual process and a sign of the body aging. Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence is different. It can occur at any age, and it is defined as the inability to keep the erection firm enough to engage in sexual intercourse.

Symptoms of ED include difficulty in maintaining a healthy sexual relationship, struggling with getting an erection and lack of interest in sex.

Causes of ED:

·         Diabetes

·         Hypertension

·         Hyperlipidemia

·         External or internal injuries

·         Damage from surgery

·         Obesity

·         Aging

·         Anxiety disorders

·         Stress

·         Smoking

·         Relationship problems

If you or your partner suffers from ED, it is important to consult a specialist. Most times, there is proper treatment required because the problem is not in the individual’s control. Other times, the issue can be resolved with therapy. This is because all men get sexually excited by physical contact and sexual thoughts and so, problems in the relationship and other factors such as depression and stress can hinder the process.

Stressed man and upset woman in bed.
Confide in your partner. Remember, you're in this together!

Currently, there are several medications that are given to men with ED, however with the rapid advancements in both science and technology, the future for ED patients looks promising. According to WebMD, these treatments are just around the corner:

·         Gene Therapy

Currently being tested, this therapy will allow proteins that aren’t working properly in the penile tissue to be replaced with improved proteins that will help eradicate erectile dysfunction and other sexual problems as well. According to the sources, we might have to wait for some time until it gets approved.

·         Melanocortin Activators:

This treatment has yet to be deemed safe and has only been tried on animals. If used instantly, it gives the individual an erection. These drugs actually act through the nervous system.

·         Uprima

Currently, in hold in the US, this tablet when placed under the tongue raises the level of dopamine which causes sexual excitement. However, it has known to cause nausea and vomiting. Once the scientists reduce the side effects, maybe uprima will make it to the pharmacies.

·         Topiglan

Unlike the other medications, topiglan is a cream that is applied to the penis. It uses the already available medication alprostadil to cure ED.

Man talking to a doctor.
Don't worry, your specialist will walk you through the process.

Hakeem’s Note: ED can impact an individual emotionally and lead to frustration and lack of confidence. It is important to open up to your family, partner or doctor. Remember, be patient and if your partner is the one suffering, offer emotional support.

With modifications, these treatments might be rolled out, but even without them, erectile dysfunction can be cured. Live your best life and don’t hesitate to consult a specialist because sexual disorders are more common than you think.

Future Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction | New in Science
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