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Erectile Dysfunction: Research


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1. Psychological causes

Recent researches have shown that a large number of the cases of erectile dysfunction are psychological in nature. There are two therapies that are being created to deal with the mental causes that may be responsible for inducing erectile dysfunction. The first treatment is called counseling therapy. It will help patients deal with negative experiences in the conscious state of the patient and refurbish lost interest.

 

Another therapy, which deals with similar events but these events rest in the unconscious mind of the patient, is called psychodynamic therapy. According to this therapy, the cause of erectile dysfunction is subconscious conflict which needs to be resolved. However, both these explanations, although plausible, have very little scientific backing. It is for this reason that further research is required.

2. Smoking induced

Smoking is touted to be amongst the top 5 factors that induce erectile dysfunction. However, little evidence exists to prove this. Most of the studies have been based on correlations i.e. a large number of smokers of all ages are found to be suffering from erectile dysfunction. However, no conclusive causal evidence exists. Research is working with vigorous attempts to unveil such evidence because it may prove to be a motivator for many young men to quit smoking.

3. Sex therapy

Sex therapy relies on the co-operation of the patient’s partner. It is a completely natural method which relies on sensational touches of the partner’s body rather than hard-core arousal of sex. This therapy involves inducing multiple sensitive touches of the partner’s body to the penis. This helps in reducing the stress, anxiety, depression and guilt that the patient may be experiencing. Once an erection is obtained through this method, normal sexual intercourse activity can be continued. Research needs to be conducted to confirm the validity of this therapy which is 100% natural and has no side effects.

4. Surgical treatments

Penile prosthesis implantation or penile surgery may also be a viable option. Although this method is invasive and, therefore, not suggested, it is a possibility. Research is being conducted on the possibility of rigid silicone prosthesis inside the corpora cavernosa. However, there have been issues of drastic side effects with this therapy and, hence, research is needed to ensure that this method can be made safely available to the patients.

5. Testosterone replacement therapy

This therapy includes controlled administration of testosterone to the patient. This administration is usually over a period of three months and is known to heighten sexual interest. It is also known to positively affect bone density, energy and also induces a positive mood. As a part of this therapy, testosterone is administered to the patients largely through injections. It may also be administered through patches and gels that need to be applied on the scrotum. This therapy has minor side effects and has been successful in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in juveniles as well as adults. Further research may be warranted to improve its efficiency.

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