Erectile dysfunction? Talk it up

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Erectile DysfunctionTalking to your doctor about your inability to achieve and maintain an erection can be a difficult topic, but it’s an important conversation to have about a relatively common problem. Research shows that about 52% of men between the ages of 40 and 70 have some degree of ED, and it can also occur in younger men – so you’re not alone.

Is your ED a one-time event?

If so, it’s probably nothing to worry about, but if it’s a chronic occurrence, you should discuss it with your doctor. And it’s important to understand that ED is not just a problem for your sex and reproductive life, but it could also signal more serious health issues.

Sometimes ED is an initial warning sign

This can be the case for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. If you’re experiencing symptoms, such as inability to urinate or abnormal penile curvature, it’s essential that you talk to your doctor.

Your sex life doesn’t have to suffer

There are many treatment options for ED, depending on your situation and even personal preferences. Sometimes, it can be as simple as changing your lifestyle:

  • Increase exercise
  • Increase sleep
  • Improve eating habits
  • Decrease alcohol consumptions
  • Quit smoking

Your doctor will also review any medications you may be taking for other conditions that can contribute to ED. In younger men, ED is often stress related, which means it’s usually temporary.

Medical treatment for ED

The most common is oral medication, taken as needed, about 30 to 60 minutes before sexual activity. There are also intraurethral suppository treatments and injectable medications.

It might be easier to talk to an ED expert

Many of our patients find that even though they aren’t comfortable discussing ED with their primary care doctor, talking to an urologist (who likely talks about ED every day) is much easier.

Don’t be silent about your erectile dysfunction issues

Know that your problem is one that most men experience at some point in their lives, and there’s no reason to suffer in silence. And since it is such a significant indicator of your overall health, it presents additional risks if you don’t seek a diagnosis. Call for your appointment today: 972-403-5425.

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