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Survey Reveals Top Recommendations for Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common concern for many men. While traditional medications like Viagra and Cialis are widely known, alternative treatments have gained traction in recent years. But the effectiveness of these alternatives often remains shrouded in uncertainty. 

Have you ever wondered about the effectiveness of alternative treatments for erectile dysfunction? Do you find yourself unsure of which options are worth exploring and which might be a waste of time and money? You’re not alone.

A new survey of 33 leading urologists by Between Us Clinic, a trusted online resource for men’s health, sheds light on this often confusing topic.

The survey reveals that, while some alternative treatments lack scientific backing, others can be valuable tools for managing ED, often in conjunction with traditional medications. 

Least recommended

  • Stem cell and PRP therapy. These emerging therapies involve injecting stem cells or platelet-rich plasma into the penis to promote tissue regeneration, but have shown mixed results in treating ED. Only a small percentage of urologists recommend them, emphasising the need for further research and cautious exploration within clinical trials.
  • Testosterone replacement therapy. This treatment involves supplementing testosterone levels through gels, injections, patches, or pellets, but despite the common belief that increasing testosterone can solve all men’s sexual function issues, only 9% of urologists recommended it as a treatment for ED. It’s essential to consult a healthcare professional to determine if testosterone replacement is appropriate for you.

Moderately recommended

  • Natural supplements. About 30% of urologists suggest natural supplements like ginseng or arginine, which are believed to have potential benefits for erectile function, for some individuals. While these options can be beneficial for certain men, it’s crucial to remember that they might not work for everyone and should be discussed with a healthcare provider, as some may have side effects or interact with medications.

Most recommended

  • Pelvic floor exercises. More than half of the urologists (58%) recommend pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, which involve contracting and relaxing the muscles that control urination, for strengthening key muscles involved in erectile function. It’s crucial to perform these exercises correctly to avoid straining other muscles, which is why seeking guidance from a physical therapist can be beneficial.
  • Mindfulness meditation. A significant majority (88%) of urologists endorse mindfulness meditation, a practice that involves focusing on the present moment and accepting thoughts and feelings without judgement, particularly for ED related to psychological factors like stress and anxiety. The mind-body connection plays a crucial role in sexual health, and meditation can be a valuable practice for managing ED’s psychological aspects. Stress and anxiety can disrupt hormone levels, restrict blood flow, and dampen sexual desire, making it difficult to achieve or maintain an erection. Meditation helps to manage these stressors, promoting relaxation and improving overall well-being, which can positively impact erectile function. Tools such as guided meditation apps, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programmes, or simple breathing exercises can be helpful resources for men exploring this avenue.
  • Lifestyle modifications. An overwhelming 97% of urologists emphasise the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise, such as adopting a Mediterranean-style diet and engaging in cardiovascular activities, as the cornerstones of ED prevention and management. Lifestyle changes can have a profound impact on overall health, including sexual function.
  • Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein while limiting processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats is key. Engaging in regular aerobic exercises like brisk walking, swimming, or cycling, along with strength training, can improve blood flow, boost testosterone levels, and reduce stress, all contributing to improved erectile function.

The bottom line

The survey results underscore the importance of personalised and comprehensive care for ED. By working with a qualified healthcare professional, men can develop a tailored treatment plan that combines the best of traditional and alternative approaches, addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of ED.

Remember, not all alternative ED treatments are created equal. It’s essential to be informed, consult with a healthcare provider, and choose the options that best suit your individual needs and preferences. By taking a proactive and holistic approach, men can improve their sexual health and overall well-being.

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