Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is more common than you might think — around 50% of men in their 50s have mild to moderate symptoms. However, it’s not a condition that you need to accept as part of aging. The board-certified urologists at Urology Associates of Mobile can diagnose the cause of ED and offer personalized treatments at any one of our locations.


What is ED?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when you can’t achieve or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for sex. ED not only interferes with your sex, but it could be a sign of a vascular health problem.


What Causes ED?

ED has physical and psychological causes. In many cases, ED is due to poor vascular health that prevents your corpus cavernosum and corpus spongiosum from filling with blood. Some of the conditions that interfere with blood flow to your penis include:

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • High cholesterol

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity

Conditions like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and low testosterone can also interfere with your erections.

Psychological issues like stress, depression, and relationship problems can sometimes contribute to ED.


When Should I Talk to a Doctor About ED?

You should schedule a consultation if your ED symptoms or other signs of sexual dysfunction are frequent or disruptive to your life, sexuality, or self-confidence.

You should also make an appointment if you have any health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes.


How is ED Treated?

Our physicians will begin with an exam to identify the condition causing your ED. This may require blood tests, urinalysis, and ultrasound to evaluate your condition.

Depending on the root cause of your ED, our physician will create a personalized treatment plan. Your program might include oral medication and treatment to address the underlying cause.

Often, getting your diabetes or high blood pressure under control can improve your ability to achieve erections. If low testosterone is the root cause of your ED, your doctor might recommend testosterone replacement therapy.

Lifestyle changes such as giving up tobacco, healthy eating, getting more exercise, or losing weight could also help with erectile dysfunction. You might also benefit from psychological counseling to learn to manage stress or resolve any mental or emotional health issues that are interfering with your sex life.

If you have further questions about erectile dysfunction, never hesitate to call us. To receive the highest quality of treatment for erectile dysfunction, schedule an appointment today.


If you have further questions or are experiencing symptoms of a urologic condition, call us or schedule an appointment today.