Erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to the inability to achieve and maintain an erection during intercourse. ED occurs when there is a problem with blood flow, nerve supply, and hormones. Many men in the United States suffer from ED; while some will see their doctor, some are often embarrassed. Broward Specialty Group, the urology team, offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for erectile dysfunction in Coconut Creek.
The following is what you ought to know about ED.
The following are common organic causes of ED:
- High blood pressure and cholesterol
- Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis disease
- Hormonal disorders such as thyroid and testosterone deficiency
- Heart disease and obesity
- Anatomical conditions of the penis such as Peyronie disease
- Smoking, alcoholism, and cocaine abuse
- Pelvic and spinal cord injuries
- Pelvic radiation therapy
- Prostate treatment and surgical complications
Following medications can cause ED:
- Central nervous system and anxiety drugs
- High blood pressure drugs and diuretics
- Antidepressants such as tricyclic and heart medication such as digoxin
- Cancer, hormone, peptic ulcer, opioids, and prostate drugs
Caused by fear of intimacy, depression, guilt, and severe anxiety.
For men who struggle to maintain an erection long enough to complete intercourse or are unable to ejaculate, the following can help to manage and sustain erection:
- Eating a healthy diet including fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains
- Take cholesterol medication
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Exercising helps to strengthen the pelvic muscle and enables you to regain the full function of the penis.
- Avoiding smoking, stress, alcohol, and drug abuse.
The doctor conducts a physical exam by asking you about medications you are using, erection duration, circumstances of first ED, relationship problems, techniques you are using, first symptoms, and the time you experience erection.
The doctor will then perform the following tests:
Complete blood count to detect anemia.
Kidney and liver test to determine if ED is due to improper function of the liver and kidneys.
Lipid profile to measure lipid level that affects blood circulation to the penis.
Blood hormone studies to determine abnormalities in testosterone levels.
Duplex ultrasound to evaluate blood flow and signs of venous leaks.
Bulbocavernosus reflex to evaluate penis sensation.
Nocturnal penile tumescence to measure your erectile function during sleep.
Penile biothesiometry to determine nerve sensitivity.
Dynamic infusion cavernosometry to determine venous leaks.
Thyroid tests, vasoactive injections, and arteriography.
After finding the underlying cause, the following treatment can help you regain normal sexual functions:
Education about sexual behaviors and response helps a man overcome anxiety. Honest communication with your partner helps to prevent sexual barriers.
Medications such as Viagra help to improve sexual function.
Mechanical aids such as penile constriction rings and vacuum devices help to serve as erectile aids.
Penile injection therapy helps to create an erection.
Psychological and sex therapy helps to overcome guilt, anxiety, and fear that cause ED.
Penile implant surgery helps to return the penis to its flaccid state.
Hormone replacement by cream, patches, gels, and injections help to control ED.
Talk to your urologist today
If you experience signs of ED, kindly see your urologist get FDA-approved drugs, be well diagnosed, and get quality treatment. A team of urologists at Broward Specialty Group in Florida offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment to help you regain sexual function within no time.