Erectile dysfunction is a fairly common problem for men, and one that we have plenty of options for treating. If you are concerned about erectile dysfunction, then an appointment for a consultation with a specialist is always the best first step toward regaining a fulfilling sex life.
Here, we take a look at what causes erectile dysfunction, and the ways the problem can be resolved:
When Are Sexual Performance Problems Defined as Erectile Dysfunction?
Almost all men have trouble getting or keeping an erection from time to time, however if you have had multiple regular, recent occasions when you have been unable to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual penetration, this could be regarded as erectile dysfunction.
Psychological Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
There are various causes of erectile dysfunction, which can be seen as medical, psychological, or a combination of the two. Psychological issues such as anxiety around sex, depression and stress can lead to erectile dysfunction, and in these cases, because there is nothing physically wrong with the systems that cause erections, the treatment in the long term needs to address these issues. In the short term, medication such as sildenfil (commercially known as Viagra) can help you achieve erections.
Psychological causes actually account for only around 10% of diagnoses, with physical issues far more common. However, the two are not mutually exclusive, and sometimes having erectile dysfunction can actually cause psychological issues like anxiety. It really isn’t necessary for you to go through this, so please book an appointment if you are in any way concerned about your erections!
Organic Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
There are all kinds of physical reasons why you may struggle to get or maintain an erection, with most of them relating to your circulatory system, your nerves, or your hormones. If you have other problems such as diabetes, these can often be involved in causing your erectile dysfunction. Equally, if you have had surgery that may have caused nerve damage (neuropathy), this could be a cause. There are many things that could be to blame or contributing to the issue, so it is important to seek out an expert medical diagnosis.
Conditions relating to blood flow to the penis can often be early warning signs of other arterial problems, which is another good reason to book an appointment to have your erectile dysfunction investigated right away.
The treatment options vary, because in many cases it is the underlying cause that needs treatment, rather than the penis itself. However, there are both medical and surgical options that can make erections possible again for almost all patients.
The short answer then, is yes – erectile dysfunction is certainly reversible. Set up an appointment today by calling 212-675-3186 and we can start solving your case!