Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is another name for impotence and refers to the inability to maintain an erection that is firm enough or lasts long enough to engage in sexual intercourse. ED is common in men, with over 100 million living with the difficulty. ED is easily treatable and there are several options to choose from.
ED is typically caused by a physical problem:
- Diabetes – this disease can damage the nerves or blood vessels that control the blood flow to the penis
- Cardiovascular Problems – these issues can decrease the blood flow to the penis through blocked arteries or leaking veins
- Trauma or Surgery – if you’ve had trauma or surgery in the prostate, bladder, colon, or rectal area, these nerves can be damaged and lead to ED
- Spinal Cord Injury – this injury can stop nerve impulses from reaching the penis
- Medications – some medications, including those for high blood pressure, can restrict blood flow to the penis
- Hormone Problems – any issues caused by kidney or liver failure can result in ED
- Alcoholism – large intakes of alcohol over an extended period of time can lead to permanent nerve damage
There are several treatment options for Erectile Dysfunction, including medications, devices, therapy, surgery, and implants.
- Oral Medications –Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis all help improve blood flow to the penis and help produce an erection
- Vacuum Erection Devices – help draw blood to the penis via a rubber band placed at the base of the penis
- Intraurethral Suppositories – inserted into the urethra and is absorbed in the penis resulting in an erection
- Injection Therapy – requires the injection of medicine directly into the penis prior to intercourse
- Penile Implants – an effective surgical option for men who have unsuccessfully tried other treatment options
To receive a consultation with a physician and learn which option is best for you and your spouse, schedule an appointment with Urology Specialists of Georgia here. You can also learn more about Erectile Dysfunction here.