If you are troubled by occasional erectile dysfunction, remember that arousal takes longer as you get older and that satisfaction should not be equated with performance. If dysfunction is severe and persistent, you should seek medical help. The number of treatment options has increased in recent years.
Many doctors will recommend changes in lifestyle as a first step in treatment. Suggestions may include the following:
Cut back on alcohol.
Stop any tobacco or illegal drug use.
With any type of injury to the back, legs, buttocks, groin, penis, or testicles.
With other symptoms such as loss of hair, enlargement of the breasts, or backache.
With any change to the medicine you take.
If your erection problem is occasional, there is no reason
to call your doctor. If it happens often and upsets you or your partner, it is okay to call your doctor. If an erection problem does not bother
you or your partner, you may choose not to call your doctor.
Watchful waiting means a "wait-and-see"
approach. A single episode of an erection problem is often a temporary and
easily reversible problem. Do not assume it will happen again. If possible,
forget about it and expect a more successful experience the next time. If you
or your partner is concerned about it, talk about the problem and openly
discuss your fears and anxieties.
If self-care has not helped
after 2 weeks and you are concerned about your inability to have an erection,
see a doctor who has experience in dealing with erection
Who To See
Some health professionals, including doctors and
mental health professionals, may not feel comfortable discussing sexuality and
erection problems. Ask your health professional if he or she feels comfortable
with and has experience in working with men who have erection problems.
The following health professionals can evaluate symptoms of erection