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Erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions

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Can a doctor help treat ED on Maple?

Yes, absolutely. ED is the most common men’s medical condition treated by online doctors on Maple.

Once a Maple doctor has had a consultation with you, they can help you to understand possible causes of your ED.

They also may prescribe treatments such as medicine that can help you achieve a temporary erection during sexual intercourse.

Can I get an ED medication prescription on Maple?

Yes, our Canadian-licensed physicians can prescribe ED pills and medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or we’ll deliver it right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?

ED is known as the inability to maintain an erection sufficient for satisfying sexual activity.

An erection is more complex than you may think – it involves your brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. If any of these factors isn’t working together with the rest, an erection cannot occur.

What are the symptoms of ED?

Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire

You should see a doctor if:

  • Your inability to get or maintain erections is new and uninvestigated
  • Your difficulty with erections causes significant distress or relationship disruption
  • You experience other sexual problems like a premature or delayed ejaculation
  • You have diabetes, heart disease, or other health conditions
  • You have other symptoms associated with your erectile dysfunction
What are some of the most common causes of ED?

Common causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Alcoholism
  • Hormonal
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Spinal cord and brain injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psychological factors e.g. stress, anxiety
  • Sleep disorder
  • Smoking
  • History of radiation therapy
  • Medication use – antihypertensives, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiandrogens, recreational drugs, and alcohol
How does ED get treated?

Treatment often depends on the root cause of ED. But rest assured, rhere are several treatment options for ED, including:

Counseling – this a recommended course of treatment for those suffering with erectile dysfunction caused by psychological reasons such as anxiety or stress.

Medication – the most commonly prescribed first line treatment for ED in Canada are pills that belong to the class of drugs known as phosphodiesterase-5 enzyme (PDE5) inhibitors. These medications have been around awhile and are generally well tolerated with minimal side effects. These work by promoting smooth muscle relaxation and increased blood flow to increase number and duration of erections. With correct dosing, erections will not occur without sufficient sexual arousal.

Vacuum Devices – vacuum devices can be used to improve the firmness of the penis by boosting blood flow to the area.

Surgery – vascular reconstruction surgery can be performed in cases where blood flow to the penis is restricted.

Exercises – pelvic floor, and other ED exercises can help men with ED regain normal function.
Treatment varies depending on doctor recommendations and what you personally feel is the best option for you.

How do you prevent ED?

By taking care of your health. The most common physiological reason for ED is reduced blood flow, brought on by constricted blood vessels. These are some of the most common culprits for tightened blood vessels:

  • High cholesterol levels. Try to maintain a low-cholesterol diet by reducing fatty foods and red meat.
  • Exercise to maintain a healthy body weight and encourage blood flow.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly to make sure it is not interfering with your ability to maintain an erection.
  • Keep your blood sugar levels in check if you are affected by diabetes.
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes. Smoking narrows blood vessels and reduces blood flow.
  • Drink in moderation.
  • Many illicit drugs can affect the nervous system and damage blood vessels.
  • Manage your stress levels or seek help to develop better coping skills
  • Discuss with your pharmacist the side effects of prescription drugs you’re currently taking.
Does alcohol affect ED?

Yes this is partly true – dehydration is one of the ways alcohol can cause erectile dysfunction.

Alcohol acts as a sedative to the central nervous system. Increased alcohol consumption impairs sexual arousal from slowed signals between the brain and the penis, reduced penile nerve sensitivity, lowers libido, reduces blood circulation (kind of critical to get an erection), and maybe even reduced testosterone synthesis. Drinking alcohol in excess can cause high blood pressure – and damage blood vessels, again leading to impeded blood flow to the penis along with everywhere else in the body. Long term alcoholism leads to permanent damage.

Is ED reversible?

In many cases, yes, ED can be reversed. Even when ED can’t be cured, the right treatment can reduce or eliminate symptoms. You can even get ED treatment online.

When should I see a doctor for ED?

You should see a doctor for your ED condition if:

  • Your inability to get or maintain erections is new and uninvestigated
  • Your difficulty with erections causes significant distress or relationship disruption
  • You experience other sexual problems like a premature or delayed ejaculation
  • You have diabetes, heart disease, or other health conditions
  • You have other symptoms associated with your ED
Does ED cause premature ejaculation?

No, ED doesn’t cause premature ejaculation but you might be at risk of developing the condition if you have trouble getting or maintaining an erection.

Can ED happen at any age?

In short, yes, it can happen at any age. And while ED is less common in young men, it is much more prevalent in middle-aged men or older, due to atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

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