Should I See a Doctor for Erectile Dysfunction?

18 Mar 2019 Blog

Some medical conditions are easy to ignore, especially when they seem as common as erectile dysfunction (ED). Although commercials may normalize the condition, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your urologist if you start experiencing signs and symptoms of ED.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Causes of erectile dysfunction may include:

  • Increased nicotine usage
  • Increased alcohol consumption
  • Using new prescription medication
  • Fatigue

These causes can be temporary. However, ED can also be the result of a psychological or physical imbalance.

Psychological Causes of ED

Depression, anxiety, stress, and relationship problems can affect sexual performance. Your physician might suggest therapy to deal with anxiety caused by depression, or medication to lessen anxiety if it’s causing erectile dysfunction.

Physical (Organic) Causes of ED

Physical causes of ED are more common than psychological. Some medical conditions that cause ED include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart and vascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Failure
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Stroke
  • Epilepsy

Treating Erectile Dysfunction

The first step in treating erectile dysfunction is making an appointment with a urologist. Depending on the cause, one of our specialists will analyze your symptoms and come up with the proper treatment. Most physicians will also suggest that you get into a regular exercise routine and eat healthier. Living a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the frequency of ED.

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