Those who suffer from erectile dysfunction associated with a neurological disorder need to be patient. There are a lot of moving parts and it can be difficult to treat. Many treatment options exist. Generally these are the same treatments used for those experiencing ED as a result of other physical or psychological ailments. There are ED medications, but for certain neurologically-caused cases, these medications are not effective.
Your doctor or specialist should begin with medication, a vacuum tube and other noninvasive procedures, and then become progressively more invasive if or when these treatments prove ineffective. The last resort should be penile implant surgery. Experts say neurologic ED treatment must be accompanied by counseling, which includes one’s partner. A surgical injury, a serious injury to the head or spine, chronic illness and more can cause neurologic ED. Treatment may depend on the type and severity of the condition.
An erection is a complex result of many different body systems working together. Generally two processes take place. The first is psychogenic. This is sexual stimulation, say your partner with no clothes on making provocative moves or gestures. The second is reflexogenic. This is the body’s reaction to the stimuli, beginning in the brain which sends signals down neuropathways into the genitals, telling them to engorge the penis with blood and so form an erection. Damage to either pathway can obstruct an erection.
Neurological illnesses can cause ED, such as peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, temporal lobe epilepsy and radical prostatectomy or the removal of the prostate due to cancer. Along with radiation therapy, a prostatectomy can damage the nerves that cause erections. New breakthroughs have hinted at ways to regrow nerve tissue which may help repair damaged nerves in the future, and reverse certain cases of ED.
If you are going untreated for neurologic erectile dysfunction, speak with a doctor or specialist today.