Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a prevalent men’s health issue. The causes of erectile dysfunction can vary, but the most common is reduced blood flow to the penis. In this blog, we will explore the reasons behind erectile dysfunction and discuss the top treatments recommended by men’s health experts.
The Reasons Behind Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction, or the inability to achieve or maintain an erection during intercourse, affects men of all ages and ethnicities. However, it can impact men more often as they grow older, usually due to underlying medical conditions. These conditions may include alcohol abuse, smoking addiction, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, or other health problems which impair blood flow and nerve function.
As a result, men who are consistently experiencing symptoms of ED should consult with a men’s sexual health physician who can review their medical history, medications, and lifestyle habits to determine the underlying cause. Your doctor will also check for low testosterone levels with a simple blood draw and do an in-office Doppler blood flow test, which sends sound waves into the penis to determine if the blood vessels are healthy and functional.
Treating Erectile Dysfunction
To treat ED, your urologist will first address any health problems or habits you may have. Many times, simply losing weight, stopping smoking, or getting control of blood sugars make quite a difference in libido and sexual performance.
Other patients may need help in the form of penile implant surgery or an external vacuum device. Penile injections can also help open blood vessels to create viable erections on an as needed basis. However, some men may
require more direct medical interventions depending on the severity of their underlying conditions and symptoms.
That said, prescription medications, such as Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis, are highly effective in treating erectile dysfunction, making them popular solutions for many men experiencing symptoms of ED. Your urologist will help determine if prescription medications would be a safe and effective treatment for you.
Oral medications are taken as needed before you attempt sexual intercourse. They work quickly to send blood to the areas of the penis responsible for achieving and maintaining an erection. You may only need this pharmaceutical intervention for a limited period of time until the reasons for your erectile dysfunction are satisfactorily resolved. However, some men require long-term use of these oral medications. Your men’s health physician will help you determine what treatment plan would be best for you.
Real Help For ED in Phoenix, AZ
At Ironwood Urology, Dr. Desiderio Avila works with all men who wish to regain their sexual function. If you are experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction, we encourage you arrange a confidential and informative appointment with our dual board-certified specialist. Call us today at (480) 961-2323 or request an appointment online. We have offices in Phoenix and Gilbert, AZ, to serve your urology needs.