What Causes Weak Erections?

The Mayo Clinic notes that many physical and emotional factors can cause weak erections.

These elements can include:

  • Heart disease
  • Blocked blood vessels
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Some prescription medications, including antidepressants
  • Severe drug or alcohol abuse

The root of a man’s inability to get or maintain an erection will determine what treatment options may be the most effective.

Seek Prompt Medical Attention for Erectile Dysfunction

Being unable to get a firm erection can make it difficult to have a healthy sex life. While it’s normal to experience this issue from time to time, if the symptoms are chronic or worsening, it can be the sign of an underlying condition.

It’s important to speak with a medical professional regarding these concerns as they arise. By taking swift action, one can take preventative measures to promote their sexual well-being.

Weak Erections Can Cause Ongoing Problems

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can affect more than just a man’s sex life; it can have severe effects on his psychological well-being as well. According to Translational Andrology and Urology, men experiencing ED-related symptoms often see a decrease in their confidence and self-esteem, reporting a notable decline in the quality of their intimate relationships as well.

The Mayo Clinic seconds this notion by reporting that men with ED can experience:

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Anxiety relating to sexual performance
  • Poor self-image
  • A decrease in interpersonal relations
  • Body dysphoria

In addition to seeking professional advice regarding one’s sexual health, they may also want to consider seeking the guidance of a mental health expert as well. Treating both the body and mind is key to a healthy lifestyle.

Impotence Affects Millions of Men

The International Journal of Impotence Research says that because of the sensitivity of sexual health issues, many men don’t discuss these problems with their doctor. According to the University of Utah, over 18 million men in the U.S. have ED. With this in mind, there’s no reason to feel isolated or ashamed when seeking medical intervention. ED is an important health issue that can be treated with appropriate regimens.

How Diminished Blood Flow Can Contribute to Weak Erections

A full, firm erection requires sufficient blood flow. Without this element, it’s difficult to maintain a satisfactory erection. Excessive scar tissue, poor cardiovascular function, and hormonal imbalances can all play a role in a man’s ability to achieve an erection. Sometimes, this issue can be remedied by a change in diet or exercise. In other cases, it may require intensive medical procedures that need long recovery periods.

Some treatments that can promote increased penile blood flow include:

  • Medications: Since the early ’90s, VIAGRA® and other supplements have been used to widen blood vessels in the penis. Unfortunately, if a man has low blood pressure or is taking nitrates, this may not be a safe solution.
  • Surgery: In severe ED cases, a surgeon may reroute an artery from the stomach to the penis to increase blood flow.
  • Prosthetics: This procedure involves inserting a penile prosthesis to straighten the shape of the organ to promote penetrative sex. The risk of infection is a potential side effect that prevents many men from seeking this option.
  • Therapy: Stress stemming from the home or from the workplace can greatly impact a man’s ability to excel sexually. By speaking with a mental health professional who can address issues relating to sexual satisfaction, one may be able to see an increase in the quality of his intimate encounters.

As technological research delves into the science of male sexual health, other options are becoming available to a wider audience of patients.

GAINSWave® Therapy Can Treat ED

Male enhancement pills don’t work for everyone. Surgery can involve prolonged recovery periods that can put life’s everyday routines to a grinding halt. This is why men nationwide are turning to GAINSWave® therapy, a revolutionary treatment that seeks to improve male sexual function without any downtime or adverse side effects.

GAINSWave® therapy uses high-frequency, low-intensity soundwaves that can increase penile blood flow. Additionally, it can break down any scar tissue that may be interfering with the ability to get an erection. Performed in under 30 minutes, this procedure stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the penis. Depending on one’s age, genetics, and severity of ED, one may see results after only one session, although additional treatments are recommended.

ED doesn’t have to be permanent. GAINSWave® therapy can work to restore a man’s vitality and sexual performance. Find a GAINSWave® therapy provider near you.

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