Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is a condition that affects most men at some point in their lives. ED is the inability to develop or sustain an erection. While an occasional occurrence of erectile dysfunction is normal, frequent episodes may indicate other health problems.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
Symptoms of erectile dysfunction can include:
- Trouble getting an erection
- Trouble sustaining an erection
- Reduced sexual desire (low libido)
Give us a call if you are experiencing additional sexual issues, such as premature ejaculation, or any other physical symptoms. Diabetes and heart disease may be linked to erectile dysfunction, so it is important to have your doctor rule out these conditions.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is a complex issue that can be caused by a number of physical or psychological factors. In many cases, men experience a combination of both. For instance, mental stress from prior episodes of dysfunction may cause the problem to continue in the future.
Physical causes can include but are not limited to:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Tobacco use
- Sleep disorders
Psychological causes can include:
- Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
- Low libido or lack or sexual arousal
Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, give us a call for a full evaluation. Depending on the cause and severity, various treatment options may be available. In addition to your own treatment preferences we take into consideration your partner’s needs and concerns.
Medications for Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Oral medications, which are successful for most men, increase blood flow and allow erections to happen in response to arousal and stimulation.
Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)
Oral medications may be dangerous to take if you:
Take nitrate drugs such as nitroglycerin, isosorbide mononitrate and isosorbide dinitrate
Have very low blood pressure (hypotension)
Have uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension)
Have liver or kidney disease
Other medications to consider include self-injections, suppositories and testosterone replacement. After a through exam and consultation we can make recommendations to help you find the best option for you.
Penis pumps and implants
If medications prove to be ineffective, alternative treatments may be available.
A hollow tube with a hand-powered or battery-powered pump. The pump pulls air out of the tube which creates a vacuum to pull blood into the penis.
An inflatable device with surgically implanted rods that allows you to control when and how long you have an erection. When inflated, the rods keep the penis firm.
If your erectile dysfunction is caused by stress, anxiety or depression, visiting a psychologist or counselor may be very effective. Also consider seeking joint psychological counseling with your partner. Erectile Dysfunction or ED is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.
We are currently seeking volunteers to participate in a research study for Erectile Dysfunction
Study Participants Will Receive:
- All study-related medical care and study medication at no cost
- Possible compensation for time and travel
Learn more about the Study at Manhattan Medical Research