Failure to obtain or maintain an erection can be a fairly common occurrence in men over 40 and is usually caused by tiredness, stress, anxiety or drinking too much alcohol. It can also be down to the side-effects of a particular medication and, in some cases, the result of an underlying health condition. If erectile dysfunction occurs on a recurring basis then, without treatment, it can become a long-term problem for the individual.
There are various treatments for an individual suffering with erectile dysfunction. He could for instance try hormonal therapies such as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and/or medication (the most well-known being Viagra). As a last resort there is vascular reconstructive surgery. This deals with the arteries within the penis in order to increase blood flow – although this is performed on less than one per cent of the male population presenting with erectile dysfunction. That’s because it’s difficult to perform and isn’t particularly successful long-term.
TRT, on the other hand, has a strong and very positive track record. Adding testosterone can improve a man’s sex drive and can prove particularly successful when combined with oral medication.