Can Erectile Dysfunction Resolve On Its Own?

Oct 03, 2023
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is frustrating, but it doesn’t have to interfere with your sex life or relationships forever. Learn whether this common condition can resolve on its own and ways to find lasting relief.

When your body fails to respond during sex, it’s frustrating. And for 40 - 70% of men, those challenges take the form of erectile dysfunction (ED), usually beginning between 40 and 70.

While struggling to achieve or maintain an erection during sex on occasion is normal and usually not cause for alarm, ongoing symptoms — the definition of ED — are worth addressing for your physical and emotional well-being. But can ED resolve on its own? 

If you’re experiencing ED, our team is here to help.

At Kane Health, serving the Silicon Valley, Redwood City, and the San Francisco Bay area of California, our experts address men’s sexual dysfunction using an individualized and whole-body approach. 

Let’s explore ED, including when it may be temporary and what to do if your symptoms linger.

The basics of erectile dysfunction

Erections require sufficient blood flow to the penis during arousal. Several factors can routinely interfere with that process, resulting in ED. With ED, you might be able to achieve an erection but lose “hardness” quickly, have difficulty experiencing an erection at all, or have a mix of these symptoms.

In addition to erection challenges, ED can fuel sexual performance anxiety, reduced desire for sex (low libido), and relationship challenges. And while ED can occur by itself, it can also stem from a different medical issue. 

Conditions that may cause or worsen ED include:

  • Alcoholism
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Low testosterone
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea

ED can also stem from taking certain medications, using tobacco products, or treatment for an enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, or a spinal cord condition.

When erectile dysfunction is temporary

Erectile dysfunction won’t resolve without lifestyle changes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need ED treatment. For example, effective treatment for an underlying condition may fix your erection challenges without additional ED care. 

Furthermore, improved diet, exercise, and sleep habits enhance blood circulation, arterial health, and hormone levels. Similarly, managing mental health challenges, like anxiety, depression, and excessive stress, may improve your sexual function, bringing an end to ED. Quitting smoking also helps.

When to consider ED treatment

If you don’t have an underlying condition or your erection symptoms continue regardless of other treatments or lifestyle changes, you’re like a candidate for ED treatment.

Depending on factors like your overall health and the severity of your symptoms, you may benefit from our holistic concierge health program. This personalized option bolsters your cognitive, physical, and sexual wellness. It may include medication, hormone therapy, and nutritional support. 

We also offer acoustic wave therapy for improved blood flow and sexual function and testosterone therapy. Also known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), testosterone therapy improves erections and restores libido in people with ED. 

To learn more about erectile dysfunction or get the assessment or treatment you need, call Kane Health or request an appointment through our website today.