Thanks to ongoing advances in medical science, many effective treatments now exist to help overcome erectile dysfunction (ED). Dr. Spohn and the team at Bella Wellness & Aesthetics can correctly identify the cause and then work with you to create a comprehensive plan for treating ED. Contact the Bella Wellness & Aesthetics Hickman, Nebraska, for help with ED. Try their patient-friendly online scheduling service to make your appointment.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also referred to as impotence, is the inability to develop or sustain an erection long enough to satisfy your or your partner’s needs. While fatigue, stress at work, or a case of the flu may temporarily affect your ability to achieve an erection, ED becomes a diagnosis if you consistently have difficulties with erections.
Doctors used to think most cases of ED were due to stress and anxiety. Because erections are affected by psychological factors, inexperience or worries about performance can lead to problems with sustaining an erection. Doctors now believe, however, that ED is most often caused by physical issues. But emotion can play a significant role when ongoing problems with ED lead to feelings of low self-esteem and decreased confidence or begin to negatively affect your relationships.
The diagnosis starts with a physical exam and careful review of your medical history as well as the medications and supplements you take regularly. ED is often linked to complications associated with certain medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. It’s also sometimes a side effect of certain medications you take for issues like high blood pressure. Various herbal products and some supplements can cause ED.
Some questions may seem rather personal, such as questions about your sexual history, performance, and expectations. Honest answers can help the doctor develop a successful treatment strategy.
Dr. Spohn may also suggest studies to determine if there’s a problem with the nerves or blood supply to your penis and lab tests to check your:
A successful treatment strategy for ED relies heavily on the issues causing the problems. For instance, if you take medication for high blood pressure, the doctor may recommend you try a different medication. Diet modifications and increasing your physical activity are other ways to improve blood pressure control and may have a positive impact on ED.
Medications such as Viagra® and Cialis® improve blood flow to the penis and produce a rigid erection. Hormone replacement therapy may help if your testosterone levels are low. Regardless of what’s causing your ED, the majority of men who seek qualified urological care find treatments successful.