Types of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Treatments & When To Visit A Doctor in Malaysia

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is defined as the persistent inability to achieve or maintain penile erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance.

It is a significant and common medical problem affecting many men worldwide.

Stop Blaming Yourself!

When it comes to their sexual performance, men can be extremely embarrassed discussing it with others.

You are not alone! Many men experience shame around their ED and the feelings they experience can impact their ability to seek help. ED is treatable and there are a variety of treatments available now.

Seeking help and getting treatment from an erectile dysfunction doctor in Malaysia can put one on the road to recovery to enjoying a satisfying sex life once again.

How Common is ED?

A study  done in 2011 to identify the prevalence of erectile dysfunction among men who frequented public primary care clinics in Malaysia produced shocking results.

A total of 1331 men aged 40–76 years participated in this cross-sectional study. The prevalence of ED was 69.5%. In terms of severity, 33.1% had mild, 26.6% moderate and 9.8% severe ED. The participants with increased age had reportedly higher prevalence of ED. The prevalence of ED increased from 49.7% of men in their 40s to 66.5%, 92.8% and 93.9% of men in their 50s, 60s and 70s respectively.

The results of this study show that ED does not only affect the older age group. It is a rising problem with the middle age group as well.

What are the causes of Erectile Dysfunction?

  • Medical illness – erectile dysfunction is often associated with conditions that affect blood flow in the penis, such as: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, obesity, heart disease.
  • Medications – prescribed medicines used to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and psychiatric disorders, and prostate disease, may cause or worsen the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
  • Nerve or spinal cord damage – Interference with nerve function caused by spinal cord trauma, multiple sclerosis, diabetic neuropathy, pelvic surgery, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Low testosterone levels– Testosterone (the primary sex hormone in men) is necessary for sex drive . Therefore, men with hypogonadism (low testosterone with symptoms) can have low sex drive and erectile dysfunction.
  • Recreational drugs– Recreational drugs, including alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana, nicotine, heroin and cocaine, are associated with erectile dysfunction.
  • Urological problems– such as Peyronie’s disease and pelvic trauma.
  • Psychological factors – a man’s sexual drive or performance can be affected by stress such as problems at work, relationship difficulties or financial worries. Psychiatric conditions, and feeling depressed or anxious about poor sexual performance can also result in erectile dysfunction.

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

You should visit an erectile dysfunction doctor in Malaysia if you have experienced these symptoms.

  • able to get an erection sometimes but not every time you want to have sex.
  • able to get an erection but unable to sustain long enough to finish intercourse.
  • able to get an erection but it is not hard enough for intercourse.
  • unable to achieve an erection all the time.

Don’t wait until the situation worsens. Malaysian men wait an average 4 years before consulting a doctor. That’s 4 years of distress, depression, guilt and low self- esteem. Don’t forget that your partner is suffering in silence too.

Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction. What’s Available?

The field of erectile dysfunction has come a long way since the introduction of the little blue pill.

We here at Universal Clinic treat ED with a step ladder approach. A thorough evaluation is done by our doctors before recommending treatment.

Here are some of the treatment modalities available at Universal Clinic

  • Oral medication- Viagra, Cialis and Spedra are first-line medical therapy for ED
  • Penile Injections- Intracavernosal injections such as Alprostadil and PRP Injections for the penis. Intracavernosal injections  relax smooth muscle in the vessels in the penis to increase blood flow. This results in an erection 10-15 minutes after the injection, even without sexual stimulation.

For PRP injections, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and processed in a special machine called a centrifuge to isolate the PRP. The PRP is then administered into the penis. This helps to stimulate the growth of new cells and tissue.

  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)– Non-invasive low-intensity sound waves that pass through erectile tissue restoring natural erectile function by clearing plaque out of blood vessels and encouraging the growth of new vessels. Studies have shown its ability to improve and potentially restore erectile function in men with ED.
  • EM Kegel Chair- The pelvic floor muscles play a significant role in male sexual function, including the process of achieving and maintaining erections.

A single session of 30 minutes on the Em Kegel chair is comparable to executing 11,000 Kegels exercise for pelvic floor strengthening.

  • Vacuum device- A vacuum erectile device (VED) is a vacuum device that can help your penis to become and stay erect long enough to have penetrative sex.

Traditional Medication

If you have lived in Malaysia long enough, you know there is always going to be a debate about western medicine vs traditional medication. Tongkat Ali has long been touted as the natural alternative treatment for ED.

For those unfamiliar with Tongkat Ali,  it also known as Long jack and is herbal treatment derived from the roots of the Eurycoma longifolia plant of Southeast Asia.

It has gain popularity towards its potential to boost testosterone, manage stress and enhance sexual function. Unfortunately, there is limited data about the supposedly positive effects of Tongkat Ali and there are many side effects especially if taken by someone that has a preexisting health issue. Consult an erectile dysfunction doctor in Malaysia before consuming any traditional or herbal medication for ED.

Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

Malaysia has one of the highest rates of diabetics in South east Asia and this is attributed to bad lifestyle habits such as lack of exercise and unhealthy diet.

Diabetes affects the microcirculation which leads to ED and this can happen quickly.

A diabetic patient needs to maintain good sugar control, exercise at least 3-4 times a week and incorporate a healthy nutritious diet.

Following these few steps can help prevent ED in Diabetics.

In conclusion,

The inability to perform sexually as expected can significantly impact a man’s self-esteem and sense of masculinity. Men often associate their sexual prowess with their overall self-worth, making ED a particularly distressing issue.

Don’t waste anymore time dwelling on the matter, feeling sorry for yourself.

Seek for an erectile dysfunction doctor in Malaysia today before it’s too late.

Visit us here to learn more about ED treatment options from Universal Clinic.

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