Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a distressing health condition. It affects as many as 30 million men and is more prevalent among men over the age of 65.
It is not uncommon for most men to fail to get or keep an erection from time to time. However, if this becomes more frequent, it may be time to seek advice and get to the root of the cause. The inability to achieve or maintain an erection may also indicate a health problem like cardiovascular disease.
There are many problems associated with erectile dysfunction, including:
- Alcohol or Substance Abuse
- Heart Disease
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Low Testosterone
- Side Effects of Medications
- Vascular Issues
There are a variety of nonsurgical and surgical treatments available to help restore sexual function and self-confidence in men with ED, including oral medications, injections, and implants.
Which treatment may be right for you or your loved one will depend on the cause of the ED and personal or lifestyle preferences.
Exercise and Lifestyle
Recent studies have found that regular exercise, especially aerobic activities, can improve erectile function. Exercising regularly can also help to reduce stress and depression, which can contribute to ED. Lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol consumption, losing weight, and quitting smoking can also help to improve the ability to get and maintain erections.
Oral medication (such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Stendra, among others) can improve blood flow into the penis to create an erection. It is important to note that the medication doesn’t create an instant erection – sexual arousal is required.
Medication in Other Forms
Medication to improve blood flow to the penis can be delivered in a variety of methods. For example, by injection at the base or side of the penis, or by inserting a suppository into the tip of the penis.
In addition, hormone replacement therapy may help, for those men with ED and low levels of testosterone.
External Vacuum Erection Devices
These devices fit over the penis, then a pump removes air from the device, creating a vacuum. This increases blood flow to create an erection.
Penile Prosthesis (Surgical Implant)
An inflatable implant is a popular choice for many men. It is totally concealed under the skin and allows a man to choose when he wants an erection. It allows spontaneous sex with a penis that looks and feels natural.
Urologist in Phoenix, AZ
If you would like support and advice or would like to make an appointment to discuss erectile dysfunction treatment options, contact us today. In Phoenix, Arizona, urologist Dr. Desi Avila Jr. will carefully review your medical history and other contributing factors to get to the root of the problem and help you choose the treatment option that is right for you. Call (480) 961-2323 or request an appointment now.