Have you lost some of your sex drive? Do you have trouble getting or maintaining an erection? It’s possible you have erectile dysfunction or impotence. The urologists at Pikes Peak Urology in Colorado Springs, CO, can help.
A thorough and wide ranging evaluation including blood work and physical exam is critical in determining the source of the problem and the best course of action. There are a number of effective nonsurgical, as well as surgical, techniques to correct erectile dysfunction in Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak Urology has extensive experience with all of these techniques including oral medications, injection therapy, vacuum erection devices, and implantable penile prostheses.
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Keep reading to learn more about erectile dysfunction …
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition that makes it difficult or impossible for a man to maintain an erection. In turn, this makes sexual intercourse difficult. According to the Urology Care Foundation affects around 30 million men.
What Are Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?
Most men will struggle with erectile dysfunction from time-to-time. However, it becomes problematic when the instances of erectile dysfunction happen more and more often, negatively impacting a person’s sexual relationship. According to the Urology Care Foundation, the following are the symptoms associated with erectile dysfunction:
- Reduced desire for sexual relations
- Difficulty maintaining an erection
- Difficulty achieving an erection
What Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
Male sexual arousal is a process that involves blood vessels, muscles, nerves, emotions, hormones and the brain. This means erectile dysfunction can be more than a physical problem. In fact, the Mayo Clinic states that mental health, as well as stress, can worsen or cause the condition of erectile dysfunction. The following is a breakdown of the physical and other situations that can lead to erectile dysfunction:
Physical Causes of ED:
- Injuries or surgeries that affect the spinal cord or pelvic area
- Certain treatments for enlarged prostate or prostate cancer
- Disorders affecting sleep
- Substance abuse, like alcoholism
- Peyronie’s disease, causing scar tissue to develop inside the penis
- Tobacco usage
- A result of taking specific prescription medications
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Metabolic syndrome, which is a condition that causes an increased amount of body fat at the waist, high blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin levels
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Clogged blood vessels
- Heart disease
Physiological Causes of ED:
- Relationship problems caused by poor communication or stress
- Anxiety, depression or other mental health disorders
Complications of Erectile Dysfunction
For obvious reasons, ED can cause problems in a variety of ways:
- The inability to impregnate a partner
- Results in relational problems
- Causes low self-esteem or embarrassment
- Results in anxiety or stress
- Leads to a less than satisfactory sex life
Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction
Doctors, like the professionals at Pikes Peak Urology, are often able to diagnose erectile dysfunction after asking some questions and performing a physical examination. Of course, if other conditions are thought to be causing ED, your doctor will attempt to treat that condition first. Otherwise, the following tools are used to diagnose ED:
- Urine Tests: Urine tests are helpful to discover underlying conditions that might be causing your ED.
- Blood Tests: A blood test can reveal issues like low testosterone levels, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions that can lead to ED.
- Physical Examination: This can include your doctor examining your testicles and penis as well as evaluating your nerves.
- Ultrasound: This test can help your doctor determine if you have issues with blood flow to the area. It is usually performed by a specialist who uses a wand like device that they move over the blood vessels that supply the penis.
- Psychological Exam: Your doctor might also ask you various questions to determine your psychological state. As mentioned above, erectile dysfunction isn’t always the result of one physical problem, it can have multiple causes. Therefore, it’s important for doctors to ensure they get a complete picture of your health.
What Are Treatments For Erectile Dysfunction?
The first and most obvious treatment for ED is to treat any medical or psychological condition that is causing the problem or making it worse. Once those have been addressed, medical professionals like those at Pikes Peak Urology can move on to other treatments like the following:
- Oral Medications: Vardenafil, tadalafil, avanafil or sildenafil are all valid medications for treating erectile dysfunction. They work by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide. This is a chemical in your body that it naturally produces. This chemical increases blood flow, which helps you respond to sexual stimulation and maintain an erection.
Other Types of Medications: There are other non-oral medication options for ED. They are as follows:
- Testosterone Replacement: If your ED is caused by a decreased amount of testosterone, this might be the first step in treatment. Testosterone replacement therapy works to rebuild the testosterone levels in the body.
- Alprostadil Urethral Suppository: This therapy works by placing a very small alprostadil suppository into the penile urethra. It is inserted using a special applicator. After treatment, you can expect an erection in around 10 minutes. The effect will last from 30 to 60 minutes. Side effects of this treatment can include the formation of fibrous tissues in the penis, minor bleeding or pain.
- Alprostadil Self-Injection: The method works by injecting alprostadil via a fine needle into the side of or base of your penis.
Other Treatment Options: Sometimes, medications aren’t the answer for your ED. In these cases, penis pumps or penile implants can be a valid option.
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