Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition in which a man is unable to get and/or sustain an erection. Occasional erectile dysfunction is generally harmless, yet embarrassing; however, frequent ED can indicate a health problem.
This condition has multiple causes; some are physical, and some are psychological. While erectile dysfunction is more common in older men, younger men with the disorder are more likely to have a psychological problem linked to ED, like anxiety or depression.
Physical causes of erectile dysfunction can include the following:
• Injury to the penis or another organ within the pelvic area like the bladder or prostate
• High blood pressure
• Prostate cancer
• Kidney disease
• Cardiovascular disease
• Multiple sclerosis
• Parkinson’s disease
• Injuries or surgeries involving the spinal cord or pelvic area
• Peyronie’s disease, in which scar tissue develops within the penis
Certain prescription medications can cause erectile dysfunction. Some cancer treatments, like those for prostate cancer, can cause ED as well. Use of tobacco products can cause ED, as can various types of substance abuse, including alcoholism. Sleep disorders can also cause erectile dysfunction.
Psychological problems linked to the condition include the following:
• Relationship difficulties caused by poor communication, stress or other problems
A man with erectile dysfunction should seek professional help if the ED is a frequent occurrence. They should also seek care if the ED is accompanied by other symptoms. Given the number of possible causes of erectile dysfunction, we will have to narrow the possibilities down before administering treatment. It is important to understand that treatment for this condition is not one-size-fits-all. Treatments at our office may include GAINSWave™ treatment, stem cell therapy and/or hormonal therapy, depending on the situation.
If you suspect that you have erectile dysfunction, don’t just grin and bear it. Life is too short to go about your days dealing with this unfortunate condition. Don’t be embarrassed to talk to a qualified medical professional about this common issue in men. Speak with our specialist at WellnessPlus Medical Center to learn more about your treatment options. During a consultation at our office in Pembroke Pines or Miami Beach, we can get to the bottom of your condition and come up with a customized treatment plan for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.