Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a difficult subject to bring up with your doctor, but for many men, that’s where the difficulties end. While there are many causes for ED, there are also many solutions, from medication to wave therapy. If you live in the Clayton, Missouri, area, call Personalized Direct Care or make an appointment online with Brij Vaid, MD, to find out which options are right for you.
Erectile dysfunction, sometimes called impotence, is the inability to get a firm erection and maintain it long enough for sex. While virtually everyone with a penis will have erection troubles once in a while, erectile dysfunction is when this occurs so often that it becomes a cause of concern and stress for you and your partner.
There are a variety of effective ways to treat ED, and it can have a variety of causes, some of them serious. If you’re struggling with ED, you might be uncomfortable talking about it to a doctor, but it’s important to do so; in addition to helping you treat your ED, Dr. Vaid can ensure that it’s not a sign of a more serious problem.
ED is essentially caused by reduced blood flow, so many cardiac and vascular diseases could manifest as trouble getting or maintaining an erection. Some of the main causes of ED include:
In addition to these conditions, ED can also be brought on by alcohol consumption, certain medications — including treatment for prostate cancer and enlargement — and especially tobacco use. Psychological factors can also be to blame, including elevated stress levels, depression, or simply problems in your relationship like poor communication or trust issues.
If you need treatment for ED, you’ll most likely just need to get a quick physical exam and answer a few questions first. This is so Dr. Vaid can make sure that nothing more serious is to blame.
Most people can treat their ED effectively with simple oral medications like sildenafil (Viagra) and tadalafil (Cialis), but you can also explore other options.
Sometimes men have ED as a result of low testosterone, a hormone imbalance that can lower libido, among other unpleasant side effects like fatigue and a decreased ability to build muscle.
If you believe you’re suffering from low testosterone, talk to Dr. Vaid about hormone replacement therapy, a supervised system used to increase the production of testosterone.
Some men have also found pulsed shortwave therapy to be an effective treatment for ED. In this treatment, a wand is used to project these waves into the penis to stimulate blood flow. The process is painless and takes only a few minutes to complete.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to treat your erectile dysfunction, call Personalized Direct Care today or set up an appointment online.