Treating Erectile Dysfunction

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By: West Boca Medical Center Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when a male cannot withhold an erection suitable for sexual intercourse, or cannot maintain an erection during intercourse. If this issue occurs every once in a while it is often not something to worry about. However, if it occurs more often as time goes on, then it is very likely that it is because of a physical cause.

Causes of ED can be from medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis, too much alcohol consumption, obesity, diabetes or from being tired. Stress and mental health can cause or worsen symptoms of ED as well. Sometimes when a physical and mental symptom are combined it can actually worsen the chances of a proper erection. For example, if there is a physical reason that a male cannot maintain an erection for sexual intercourse and he is upset or stressed out by this fact, then the stress will also affect the chance of an erection.

Treatments for ED vary depending on the symptom(s) of the individual. Simple lifestyle changes can help with the treatment process, such as consuming less alcohol, better sleeping patterns, weight loss and less tobacco use. If medication seems to be the physical problem for the individual then the doctor may recommend a lower dosage or another alternative to the medication overall.

For individuals who experience ED for mental reasons, a form of treatment can be found through counseling. Sometimes the dysfunction can come from major life problems that have occurred and speaking with a professional can relieve the stress.

If natural forms of treatment don’t work, medication such as Viagra and Cialis are possible options for treatment. Treatment varies with each case. If you’re experiencing ED symptoms, talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for you.

When you experience urological issues, it can be uncomfortable in every conceivable way.

Speak with one of our urologists to find out how we can help. Call at 844-455-0338.