Commonly known as ED, erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection during sexual intercourse and there are a number of contributing factors. Often self-diagnosed, erectile dysfunction can be a sensitive issue to discuss but shouldn’t be ignored. Resolution is easier to achieve than many men realize, as erectile dysfunction is often a symptom of an underlying issue and not necessarily the issue itself.
There are a number of factors that lead to erectile dysfunction, including:
Erectile dysfunction can also be a side effect of certain medications or a result of an underlying conditions such as diabetes, obesity, or heart disease.
Depending on the specific cause of your erectile dysfunction, treatments vary. Typically, regular exercise and getting enough sleep each night, while cutting back or eliminating alcohol and tobacco use, will help promote better blood flow to the penis and increase testosterone.
If the cause stems from other health concerns, erectile dysfunction will generally reverse itself once those conditions are addressed. However, the doctors at Urology of Greater Atlanta offer additional treatments to combat erectile dysfunction, such as:
With oral medications, you’ll receive a boost in certain hormones to help achieve and sustain an erection. By taking the medication, an erection isn’t guaranteed or initiated immediately but encouraged in a natural way that still requires stimulation.
If medication proves ineffective, your doctor may recommend a vacuum erection device. A hollow tube is placed around your penis that extracts the air surrounding it, creating a vacuum that pulls blood into the penis. Once it’s erect, you’ll place a band around the base of your penis to keep the blood from draining, helping you maintain an erection long enough for intercourse.
If these other treatments aren’t effective in achieving an erection, surgery or injections may be necessary. Make an appointment with the team at Urology of Greater Atlanta for a consultation and to discuss all the available options for erectile dysfunction.