What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, also called impotence, is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. It is a very common issue, affecting about 30 million men in the U.S. While having trouble maintaining an erection from time to time is not necessarily a sign of an issue, ongoing problems can lead to stress, negatively affect self-confidence, and even lead to relationship issues.

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

Common symptoms of erectile dysfunction may include:

  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Trouble keeping an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Having diabetes
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Being over the age of 50
  • Having high cholesterol
  • Having cardiovascular disease
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Using drugs or alcohol
  • Lack of exercise

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Treatment for erectile dysfunction begins with taking the proper steps to care for your heart and vascular health. Your provider will speak with you to create a plan that may include changing your diet, increasing workouts, or changing habits such as smoking or alcohol use. You may also benefit from treating certain mental issues such as anxiety or depression.

Overall, there are a number of treatment options that may be included in your erectile dysfunction treatment plan, including:

  • Oral drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, or Stendra
  • Testosterone therapy
  • Penile injections
  • Vacuum erection devices
  • Surgery to bypass penile artery damage

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To learn more about how our health and wellness services can help you, please contact us today. We will be happy to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced providers at your convenience. Call 480-425-8700.