Erectile dysfunction affects nearly 30 million men across the U.S. While it’s a common condition among men, it’s not a regular part of the aging process. Erectile dysfunction or ED is a condition in which men are unable to attain or keep an erection long enough to perform sexually.
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION BASICS
ED can be either a short-term or long-term problem, but it is treatable. Primary care providers and urologists agree that with the right treatment, men who suffer from ED can still lead a healthy, active, and fulfilling sexual life.
While ED is an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition to discuss, it’s important to discuss with your healthcare professional as ED is often indicative of more serious health problems. Particularly with long-term ED, which is often a sign of physiological imbalances rather than psychological issues.
Symptoms of ED include:
• The inability to gain an erection.
• Ability to gain an erection initially but cannot maintain an erection to sexual fulfillment.
• Ability to gain an erection but not every time you desire sex.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to consult your physician or health care provider as soon as possible.
ED can negatively impact your life in other ways like your mood and personal relationships. Many men who suffered from ED claim that it affected their mental health, confidence, and caused them stress and anxiety.
CAUSES OF ED
There isn’t one main cause of ED, rather a complex mix of psychological and physiological factors are the cause for cases of ED. Stress is the number one cause of ED, anything from overwork to emotional trauma even performance anxiety can cause an episode of erectile dysfunction.
Physiological causes cannot be overlooked when discussing ED. A man who is fit psychologically and emotionally may still find himself unable to perform. This occurs when there are some deeper health issues such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, or any number of serious illnesses. That’s why it’s important to discuss your ED and possibly other health issues with your physician or healthcare provider.
Fortunately, there are treatments and therapies to help you manage your ED so that you can lead a healthy sexual life.
TREATMENTS AND THERAPIES FOR ED
There are several different approaches to treating ED. Doctors and urologists treat ED based on a patient’s underlying cause of the condition. Typically, physicians suggest lifestyle changes to men suffering from ED; changes include diet, exercise, and overall health. However, ED can be a much deeper problem than simple lifestyle changes and may require the use of medication or cognitive therapy in severe cases.
OTHER TREATMENTS AVAILABLE FOR ED
In recent years, natural remedies have become popular to treat ED. Cannabidiol or CBD is the second active ingredient found in marijuana. According to researchers, CBD is derived from the hemp plant but does not cause a “high,” like marijuana.
Conversely, CBD elicits a relaxed and calming effect. CBD directly affects the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body, which in turn influences a large part of the body. Studies show that CBD is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant that helps the body naturally relax.
Currently, there is no research on CBD’s efficacy in treating ED, other studies suggest that CBD may be an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. In 2015, researchers discovered a link between habitual cannabis use and ED, theorizing that ED could be treated by using CBD to control the ECS system in the body.
CBD can be used to treat performance anxiety, a leading cause of ED. Men who view sex as a “high-pressure,” situation are likely to benefit from the calming and relaxing effects of CBD.
HOW TO USE CBD FOR ED
You might be wondering how to use CBD to treat erectile dysfunction, there are a few simple ways to use CBD to treat your ED:
• Smoking dried cannabis flowers
• Edibles such as gummies, oils, tablets
• Transdermal patches.
Be aware that CBD oils while popular may not be the best way to treat ED. Using the above methods is a better and more effective alternative.
OTHER NATURAL REMEDIES TO TREAT ED
As mentioned before, there are other ways to naturally treat erectile dysfunction. Many of those alternatives include leading a healthier life. Get out and exercise more, eat a healthier and balanced diet, and most importantly find ways to de-stress.
Living with erectile dysfunction isn’t a curse, consult your physician and learn ways you can enjoy a healthy and sexually fulfilling life.