Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a condition in which a man has a problem getting or maintaining and erection. Many men will experience erectile dysfunction during their lifetime. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available.

Many men think that erection quality changes with age. While that is true, age alone does not cause erection difficulties. The cause may be something that blocks blood flow such as:

  • Medications, such as sedatives, tranquilizers, blood pressure medication or diuretics.
  • Smoking tobacco or marijuana
  • Drinking alcohol in excess
  • Nerve injury
  • Diabetes
  • Prostate problems
  • Stress

If you are experiencing symptoms of ED, you should discuss these with your doctor. Your doctor will most likely want to do a physical examination and may want to order additional lab tests or radiology.

There is a wide range of treatments options available.

  • Oral medications, such as Viagra or Cialis, are easy to use but are not for everyone. Penile injections which help relax the blood vessels and restore flow are available.
  • Testosterone injections, creams, gels or patches
  • Vacuum Erection Therapy
  • Penile prosthesis

For more information on erectile dysfunction, make an appointment with your doctor and discuss which treatment options are right for you.