It’s estimated that Erectile Dysfunction (ED) affects some 30 million men in the U.S. Certainly the sheer number of ads for ED drugs across all media – from TV to magazines to the Internet – should tell us that there is a huge audience out there looking for a solution.
The truth is, most men will experience problems with achieving and maintaining an erection before or during sex, on occasion, throughout their lives. The reasons vary, but generally speaking can include:
- Prescription medication side effects
The real problem is when erection problems begin to occur on a regular basis. That’s when it’s time to talk to your trusted physician to learn more about what could be causing your ED and the best methods for treating it.
Is your erectile dysfunction caused by a physical problem?
To determine if your chronic inability to achieve and maintain an erection has a physical origin, we will looks for factors, such as low testosterone levels, which could be related to your physical health, such as:
Narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the penis
This can be caused by
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Unhealthy lifestyle issues
This can include
- Lack of consistent, quality sleep
- Lack of exercise
- Drug abuse
- Alcohol abuse
Is your erectile dysfunction caused by a psychological problem?
Sexual arousal is equal parts physical and psychological, so erections can certainly be negatively affected by your thoughts and emotions. If you’re under a huge amount of stress at home or at work, for example, it can impact your ability to achieve arousal. So can:
- General anxiety
- Performance anxiety
- Feelings of guilt
- Loss of interest in sex or other issues with your sexual partner
How do you know if you should see your doctor about ED?
If you have been having trouble achieving and maintaining an erection for a month or two, you should make an appointment at Collin Country Urology. Call today: 972-403-5425. A physical exam and psychological assessment can help us identify the source (or sources) of your problem, and create an individualized treatment plan that could put an end to your erectile dysfunction issues.
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