Associated Urologists of North Carolina
Urologists located in Apex, Cary, Clayton, Clinton, Dunn, Raleigh & Wake Forest, NC
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be embarrassing and negatively impact your quality of life, but it’s a common sexual health problem affecting around 40-70% of men ages 40 to 70. If erectile dysfunction is affecting your sexual health, lifestyle, and general wellness, the medical providers of Associated Urologists of North Carolina have solutions in seven offices in Apex, Cary, Clayton, Clinton, Dunn, Raleigh, or Wake Forest, North Carolina. With proper medical care and support, you no longer have to deal with erectile dysfunction. Regain your sexual vitality and call Associated Urologists of North Carolina today.
Erectile Dysfunction Q & A
What is Erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to difficulty achieving an erection or keeping an erection firm enough for satisfying sexual experiences.
Occasional erectile difficulties don't necessarily mean you have erectile dysfunction, but if you’re experiencing chronic issues with achieving and maintaining erections, you might want to check with your urologist.
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction can have a number of underlying causes, such as:
- Certain medications
- Anxiety or stress
- Artery blockage
- Heart disease
- Insufficient blood flow to your penis
- Nerve damage in your penis
Other factors might also be involved. In some cases, multiple factors can contribute to the development of erectile dysfunction.
Your urologist performs a thorough analysis of your current and previous medical issues, family history, lifestyle, and other possible contributing factors to determine the cause of your erectile dysfunction and the best ways to treat it.
How is Erectile Dysfunction Treated?
Treatment of erectile dysfunction varies depending on the underlying causes. If the cause of your erectile dysfunction is emotional rather than physical, your urologist might suggest therapy with a mental health professional.
Your urologist might suggest healthy lifestyle changes, such as nutritional counseling, stress management, and regular exercise, to provide relief. Lifestyle changes can be helpful, especially when combined with other treatments.
Your provider might also recommend that you stop smoking and drinking alcohol and lose weight.
Other medical conditions such as diabetes and poor circulation can be causes of erectile dysfunction.
Your urologist might also suggest:
- Oral medication
- Intraurethral pellets
- Testosterone replacement therapy
- Vacuum devices
If nonsurgical treatments aren’t effective, a good solution might be an inflatable penile prosthesis, which your urologist surgically places into your penis. To achieve an erection, you depress the pump that’s positioned beneath your scrotal sac. To end the erection, you simply depress the deflation valve at the bottom of the pump.
An inflatable penile prosthesis doesn’t change your sexual desire, but it does give you the ability to maintain an erection whenever you’d like.
Regardless of what’s causing your erectile dysfunction, Associated Urologists of North Carolina provides compassionate, discreet, and individualized care. For the latest advanced erectile dysfunction treatments, call your nearest office today.