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An important part of treatment is understanding the condition and the consequences it may have on your intimate relationships. Your doctor will often recommend a combination of physical and psychological approaches to treat ED. In the past doctors focused mainly on treating the physical aspect of ED. Nowadays, psychological and emotional aspects of the condition are also dealt with.

Treatment that includes psychological approaches has proved to be more effective than treating only the physical symptoms. This approach has also shown to be effective in single patients, or in cases when the partner is not involved.

If you are in a committed relationship, it benefits your treatment if your partner agrees to the type of treatment, is aware of how it works, and you are able to talk about it.

Keep in mind that treatment is based on your individual situation and what may be helpful for others is not always helpful for you.

If you have other conditions that may be related to ED, your doctor will discuss referring you to a specialist for assessment and further treatment.

Lifestyle advice

Improving your general health could help improve your symptoms. Your doctor will advise you to stop smoking, drink less alcohol, and exercise regularly.

Depending on your individual situation, your doctor may recommend that you adapt your diet. It is important to discuss this with the doctor first. As a general rule, try to have a varied diet which is low on sugar, salt, and fatty foods.