Getting older changes sexual function and desire. Senior sex isn't the same as it was in your 20s - but it can still be satisfying. Contrary to common myths about sexuality and older adults, sex is not just for the young. Many seniors continue to enjoy their sexuality into their 80s and beyond.
A healthy sex life is not only fulfilling, but it's also good for other aspects of your life, including your physical health and self-esteem. Adapting to your changing body can help you maintain a healthy and satisfying sex life. But you may have to make a few changes, such as allowing yourself more time to become aroused and talking more openly with your partner.
An erection problem is the inability to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough for a man to have satisfactory intercourse. You may be unable to get an erection at all, or you may lose the erection during intercourse before you are ready. If the condition persists, the medical term is erectile dysfunction.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by:
-Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
-Diabetes (high blood sugar)
-Hypertension (high blood pressure)
-Stress, anxiety or depression
-Alcohol and tobacco use
-Some prescription medications, such as antidepressants, pain medicine and -medicine for high blood pressure
-Brain or spinal-cord injuries
-Hypogonadism (which leads to lower testosterone levels)
-Radiation therapy to the testicles
-Some types of prostate or bladder surgery
If you can't keep your blood sugar or your blood pressure under control, you can get erectile dysfunction. It's important that you take your medicines for these problems just the way your doctor tells you.
Sometimes your hormones get out of balance and this causes erectile dysfunction. Your doctor will decide if you need blood tests to check your hormones.
Some medicines can cause erectile dysfunction. If this is true for you, your doctor may take you off that medicine or give you a different one.
Drinking too much alcohol, smoking too much and abusing drugs can also cause erectile dysfunction.
Problems in your relationship with your sexual partner can also cause erectile dysfunction. Improving your relationship may help your sex life. If you decide to seek therapy, it will probably be most effective if your sex partner is included. Couples can learn new ways to please one another and to show affection. This can reduce anxiety about having erections.
Dr. Powers has a special interest in erectile dysfunction medicine and has extremely good results in helping men achieve and maintain erections.
There are solutions for men suffering from erectile dysfunction. The proper blood work will be done to help fully evaluate this condition. If a man's testosterone level is low this can be easily corrected. This can be helpful. Atherosclerosis causing a lack of blood flow to the penis is a major cause of erectile dysfunction. This can sometimes be improved by intravenous chelation therapy which removes plaque and calcification of the penile arteries allowing better blood flow. Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are commonly used medications that work by increasing blood flow. These medications do not work in all men. There are other medications that work virtually in all men. These medications require an injection into the penis with a very small insulin syringe which is minimally or not painful at all. There are solutions. Our goal is to find a solution for all men who wish to have an active, healthy, and happy sex life.