Find out what causes erectile dysfunction and ways to treat it.
Did you know that erectile dysfunction is often a sign of low testosterone? If you’re in your forties, there is a chance that your ED could be due to hormonal imbalances. Yes, hormonal imbalances are just issues women deal with; men deal with them, too. If you are dealing with ED, our Lakeland, FL, doctor Dr. Chester Miltenberger can help you determine why.
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (sometimes called male impotence) is the inability to maintain or achieve an erection, which affects sexual performance and pleasure. This condition isn’t a disease but rather a symptom of an underlying problem that should be addressed. While ED can happen to men of all ages, it most often occurs in men between 40 to 70.
What are the causes?
ED can be caused by certain health problems such as,
- Heart disease
- Nervous system disorders
- High blood pressure
- Vascular disease
ED may also result from certain medications (e.g., beta-blockers; blood pressure medication). If ED results from depression or other psychological issues, our doctor may recommend that you see a psychologist or counselor for additional treatment.
Can erectile dysfunction go away on its own?
While this problem can resolve itself, it’s common for men to experience bouts of ED due to illness or stress. If you notice that erectile dysfunction occurs about 25 percent of the time, it’s time to see your doctor to find out what’s going on.
What are my treatment options for ED?
The cause of your ED will determine the type of treatment or treatments you will receive. Our Lakeland, FL, physician will ask questions about your symptoms, perform a physical exam and possibly run blood tests, urinalysis and other tests to check for certain health problems. Certain oral medications may be prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction. You may recognize these medications by the names Viagra and Cialis. Of course, there are other medications designed to help achieve and maintain an erection.
If medication isn’t effective or isn’t right for you, then your doctor may recommend other treatment options, which may include,
- Psychological counseling
- Alternative medicine
- Certain lifestyle modifications (e.g., quitting smoking)
- Penis pumps
- Penile implant
Don’t let erectile dysfunction impact your life and wellbeing. Our Lakeland, FL, physician Dr. Miltenberger can pinpoint hormonal imbalances. Call Vanguard Medical Care at (863) 686-3633 to schedule a consultation.