Erectile dysfunction seldom comes up in daily conversations, but if it did, men might realize they’re not alone. More than 18% of adults struggle with the condition during their lifetime. The experienced physicians at Pasadena Urological Medical Group identify the underlying cause and create personalized treatment, helping you regain a healthy, satisfying sex life. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Pasadena, California, or request an appointment online today.
Erectile dysfunction occurs when you can’t have an erection or maintain the erection long enough for sexual intercourse.
Nearly all men occasionally have erectile dysfunction, usually caused by temporary concerns like fatigue, stress, or relationship problems. But if erectile dysfunction becomes a regular problem, chances are you have an underlying condition that needs treatment.
Taking certain medications, smoking cigarettes, and excessive drinking may affect your ability to have an erection. Many health conditions can also lead to erectile dysfunction, including:
To have an erection, your penis needs a healthy blood supply. One of the top causes of erectile dysfunction is reduced blood flow, often due to clogged arteries.
Erectile dysfunction may be an early sign of cardiovascular disease. If you have cholesterol plaque in the arteries carrying blood to your penis, there’s a good chance similar blockages have developed in other arteries, including those supplying blood to your heart.
Pasadena Urological Medical Group treats the underlying condition and creates customized care plans that directly treat erectile dysfunction. Your treatment may include any of the following:
Your provider may ask you to change dietary and exercise habits, lose weight, stop smoking, or avoid alcohol.
Your provider may prescribe one of several medications that cause an erection after you feel sexually aroused. They also dispense sildenafil (Viagra®) and tadalafil (Cialis®) in the office.
If you have low testosterone, your provider prescribes hormone replacement therapy to restore normal testosterone levels.
A drug called alprostadil causes an erection when you inject it into your penis or insert a suppository into your urethra.
The vacuum device is a plastic tube that goes over your penis. You use a pump to create a vacuum in the tube that increases the blood flow into your penis and causes an erection. Then you put a ring around the base of your penis to hold the blood inside the penis and sustain an erection.
Your provider can surgically implant an inflatable or semirigid prosthetic device inside your penis. You create an erection by bending the semirigid device or pressing a pump (implanted in the scrotum) to inflate the device.
If you need help managing erectile dysfunction, call Pasadena Urological Medical Group or book an appointment online today.