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 their offices in Mobile, Daphne, Foley, Grove Hill, and Thomasville, Alabama, and Lucedale, Mississippi. If ED is interfering with your life, call Urology Associates of Mobile or schedule a consultation online today.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when you can’t achieve or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for sex. Every man occasionally has trouble, but in most cases it’s a temporary issue that resolves on its own.
However, if you continually experience ED, it not only interferes with your sex life and confidence, but it could be a sign of a severe health problem.
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:
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.
You should make an appointment at Urology Associates of Mobile 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, as well as ED symptoms.
Your doctor begins with an exam to identify the condition causing your ED. In addition to your exam, they use blood tests, urinalysis, and ultrasound to evaluate your condition.
Then, depending on the root cause of your ED, your doctor creates a personalized treatment plan. Your program might include 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.
Your doctor might also recommend lifestyle changes like giving up tobacco, changing your diet, getting more exercise, or losing weight. 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.
Call Urology Associates of Mobile or make an appointment online if ED is interfering with your life.