Erectile Dysfunction

Overview

Erectile dysfunction (ED) also referred to as impotence is basically defined as the inability to get and/or keep an erection firm enough for sex.  Erectile dysfunction is the most common sex problem reported to doctors by the male population with nearly 30 million men affected.  It is not uncommon for men to have issues with erections occasionally but when it is getting progressively worse or happens routinely during sex it should be evaluated and treated.

Erectile Dysfunction typically happens when blood flow to the penis is limited or the nerves are compromised.  Causes are usually medical in nature but can sometimes be psychological.  Many prescription medications, recreational drugs, alcohol and smoking has been linked to Erectile Dysfunction.   Persistent erection problems should be discussed with your doctor because it could be caused by a serious medical condition including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and more.  For more information about Erectile Dysfunction and its causes, read this article in Medical News Today.

Treatment

Diagnosis of erectile dysfunction begins with a good, honest look into your health history and lifestyle as well as stress factors in your life.  These open discussions will lead to the most effective treatment for you.  Other procedures may include a physical exam and lab tests.  Erectile dysfunction is a well understood condition today and many treatments are available.

Treatments will start with making sure your heart and vascular system is healthy.  Many times certain risk factors such as stress, lack of exercise, smoking or other controllable choices can help with a solution if they are changed or improved.  You may be asked to modify your diet, stop smoking or increase your physical activity level.  Your doctor may even suggest addressing emotional or psychological issues.  There are also prescription medications that can offer relief.  Finally, there are surgical options in the event that no other remedies are available or effective in improving your erectile dysfunction.  Read more about erectile dysfunction treatments on this Urology Care article.

How We Can Help

Austin Urological Associates can help men with erectile dysfunction.  Millions of men suffer from erectile dysfunction and it is a well known and well researched condition.  Effective treatment is available.  At Austin Urological Associates, we screen patients to determine the cause of the erectile dysfunction and offer treatments that will help them get back to normal everyday life.  Contact us for an appointment at (512) 476-6060

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