Erectile dysfunction, a condition characterized by frequent difficulty getting and keeping an erection, affects 30 million American men. If you are struggling with this common men’s sexual health issue, you can get help from a urologist.
Let’s look at the symptoms of ED, what may cause it, and who could benefit from ED treatment with an expert urologist.
Symptoms and Possible Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
While most men experience ED-like symptoms occasionally, particularly as they age, a consistent inability to achieve and maintain a firm erection is likely erectile dysfunction. This issue may be accompanied by lower sex drive, or libido, as well as delayed or premature ejaculation.
Men’s health experts believe that most ED stems from circulatory or vascular issues, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and peripheral vascular disease. Chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or lower pituitary or testosterone hormone levels, can cause erectile problems, too.
Finally, many men who have ED also have psychological issues–anxiety, chronic stress, and depression, for example. In fact, some men’s health experts say that the brain is as much of a sex organ as the genitals. In other words, what you think and feel impacts how you perform sexually.
Who Can Benefit From ED Treatment?
The vast majority of men who seek medical treatment for erectile dysfunction from a urologist respond successfully to carefully crafted treatment plans. Physical assessments to reveal vascular or metabolic problems, such as hypertension or diabetes, are very important and should be utilized. Also, a urologist can use blood tests to determine hormonal issues and Doppler ultrasound studies to determine blood flow problems.
Common ED treatments, such as the well-known Viagra or Cialis oral medications, help blood flow to the penis on an as-needed basis. Penile injections, vibrators, and prescription gels or pellets (inserted before sex) also help countless men with ED. A simple vacuum pump can provide an adequate erection, too.
Some men prefer a more permanent solution to erectile dysfunction. For instance, a penile implant or routinely performed stretching and straightening exercises can improve the quality of erections in men with penile curvature, or Peyronie’s disease.
Why Get ED Treatment?
Sexuality is integral to a man’s mental and emotional health. So, if erectile problems develop, it’s best to seek effective evaluation and treatment from an experienced healthcare provider.
Left untreated, ED can lead to depressive and anxiety symptoms, lowered self-esteem, and interpersonal problems in a man’s most intimate relationships. Individualized care plans under the observation of a trained urologist prove very effective in:
- Increasing the number and quality of erections
- Increase in self-esteem and confidence
- Improved sexual satisfaction for both intimate partners
Quality ED Treatment in Phoenix, Arizona
Don’t let embarrassment keep you from getting help for erectile dysfunction. Dr. Desiderio Avila Jr. has the training, expertise, and experience in erectile dysfunction to find the solutions you need to have a satisfying sexual life once again.
Want to know more? Call the team at Ironwood Urology to arrange a confidential and informative consultation with Dr. Avila at (480) 961-2323, or request an appointment by completing our online form. We have two offices to serve you in Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona.