Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common male sexual health problem characterized by an inability to get and/or maintain an erection despite sexual arousal. During sexual arousal, impulses from the brain and genital nerves cause the muscles in the penis relax. This allows chambers within the penis to fill with blood, making the penis rigid. Once the muscles contract, the blood will flow out of these chambers and the penis will no longer be erect. With erectile dysfunction, however, either the impulses are being blocked and/or the blood flow to the penis is restricted. When erectile dysfunction happens regularly, it can cause depression, a decrease in one’s quality of life, and anxiety about sexual performance.
Did You Know?
Erectile dysfunction is more common than you would think. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in every 5 men is affected by ED. This number continues to get larger with age.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What causes erectile dysfunction?
There are a number of emotional and physical factors that can cause erectile dysfunction, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Drug use
- Excess alcohol consumption
- High cholesterol
- Hormonal imbalance (low testosterone)
- Kidney disease
- Medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or Peyronie’s disease
- Prescription medications (such as those for high blood pressure or depression)
- Prostate enlargement
- Relationship problems
- Sleep disorders
- Trauma to the pelvic region from injury or surgery
In some cases, there may also be more than one factor that is contributing to erectile dysfunction. Dr. Bortecen will work with you to diagnose and address the cause(s). To determine what is causing your erectile dysfunction, schedule a consultation at SoHo Men’s Health today!
What can I expect when being examined for erectile dysfunction at SoHo Men’s Health?
When being examined for erectile dysfunction at SoHo Men’s Health, you can expect Dr. Bortecen to obtain a thorough medical and sexual history, perform a physical examination, and obtain a blood sample. Your blood will be tested for testosterone level, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), blood sugar, lipid profile, and cholesterol. Dr. Bortecen will use this information to determine what is causing your ED in order to make an appropriate treatment plan.
How is erectile dysfunction treated at SoHo Men’s Health?
At SoHo Men’s Health, we offer a multifactorial approach to treating erectile dysfunction. This means that your treatment plan will likely consist of lifestyle modifications, reduction of comorbid risk factors (low cholesterol/low sugar diet), exercise, stress relief, and treatment of organic and psychosexual dysfunction using oral medications (Prostaglandin E1), injection therapy (Papaverine), hormone replacement therapy, acoustic shock wave therapy, and/or platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.