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Erectile Dysfunction

Treatments to Help Men Restore Sexual Performance

Each year, between 15–30 million men are diagnosed with erectile dysfunction (ED). This condition is caused by a number of contributing factors and results in an inability to achieve or maintain an erection. Also known as impotence, this health issue can be caused by physical factors brought on by old age or psychological factors such as stress or anxiety. No matter the reason for erectile dysfunction, men should know it is treatable. West Jefferson Medical Center helps more and more men seeking treatment each year.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), sometimes also referred to as impotence, means you can’t get an erection. It may also mean you aren’t happy with the size, hardness, or longevity of your erections.

What causes ED?

In the past, ED was often considered a psychological problem. However, it’s now understood that, for many men, ED has a physiologic cause.

There are a variety of different types of and causes of ED. Some of the most common include:

  • Premature ejaculation
  • Performance anxiety
  • Depression (some antidepressants can cause erection problems, too)
  • Organic impotence, involving the hardening of arteries or veins in the penis
  • Diabetes
  • Nervous system conditions, including multiple sclerosis, stroke, or spinal cord injuries
  • Medicine-induced impotence (blood pressure medicine, anti-anxiety and antidepressant medicines, glaucoma eye drops, and cancer chemotherapy medicines are just some of the many medications that can cause ED)
  • Hormone-induced impotence, due to issues with the amount of hormones the body is producing
  • Low-testosterone, atype of hormone-induced importance that is linked to ED
  • Lifestyle choices, including smoking, excessive alcohol use, being overweight, and not getting enough exercise

Treatment for ED

Treating your ED will depend on the cause of the problem, which a healthcare provider can help determine through a combination of diagnostic tests, physical and mental health exams.

Common treatments include:

  • Lifestyle changes, like cutting back on alcohol, quitting smoking, losing weight, and getting more exercise
  • Reviewing medications that might be causing a problem
  • Going to therapy to decrease stress and anxiety
  • Taking prescription medicines to treat ED directly
  • Testosterone therapy
  • Using a vacuum device to create an erection
  • Intracavernosal injection therapy
  • Penile implants

Learn more about potential treatment options by calling our clinic at 504.934-8100.

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