Urology Center of Florida
Urologists located in Pompano Beach, FL
Do you have problems achieving and maintaining an erection during sexual activity? If so, you could be one of the more than 150 million men around the world suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED). Once considered a normal part of aging, ED can be successfully treated at the Urology Center of Florida in Pompano Beach. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ED, Dr. Craig Herman and Dr. Steven C. Kester use the latest therapies and interventions to bring you the relief you need. Call or book an appointment online today.
Erectile Dysfunction Q & A
What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?
If you are unable to achieve or maintain an erection long enough to have sex, you probably have some form of erectile dysfunction (ED). Although it can be experienced by any sexually active man at any age, it is most commonly seen in men older than 40.
What causes ED?
Apart from the inability to get or keep an erection, ED is often associated with diminished sexual desire. There can be many root causes, and there is often a complex interplay between underlying physical and psychological conditions.
Some medical issues contributing to ED include:
- Curvature or inflammation of the penis
- High cholesterol
- Hormonal abnormalities
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Type 2 diabetes
Lifestyle factors associated with ED include excessive alcohol and drug use, smoking, and irregular sleep patterns.
Depression, anxiety, stress, or fatigue can also impede your ability to have lasting erections and sexual satisfaction. The health of your relationship and your ability to communicate with your partner are also critical factors.
How is ED diagnosed?
During your evaluation, your doctor explores your medical and sexual history. He also performs a physical exam and looks for:
- Hair patterns that indicate hormonal or endocrine issues
- Nervous system issues impacting the penis
- Systemic circulatory problems
Additionally, your doctor may recommend lab tests to determine blood counts and testosterone levels. He may also perform a urinalysis to look for problems with your urinary tract, prostate, kidneys, or bladder.
Finally, you may be asked to undergo a psychosocial exam to uncover psychological factors that impact your sexual performance.
How is ED treated?
Your ED treatment plan is highly personalized, and determined by the cause of the disorder. If the origins are psychological, your doctor may recommend individual counseling and couples therapy.
When your ED is related to an underlying medical condition, drug therapy is very helpful. There are several drugs available that improve blood flow to the penis to combat ED. Your doctor will review the risks and benefits of each, and help you choose the best one for you.
For men suffering from low testosterone levels, hormonal replacement therapy offers an effective remedy. When nervous system issues or damage cause ED, a penile implant prosthesis can restore erectile function.
ED is a psychologically devastating disorder that could be a symptom of a serious medical condition. Take back your sexual health and joy in life by calling or booking an appointment online at the Urology Center of Florida today.