Sexuality is a remarkable phenomenon that relies on multiple factors to create a cascade of events to produce arousal. Optimal sexual health requires an intimate balance of psychological, neurological, hormonal and vascular function.
Most men will tell you that their penis is the most important organ in his body. Although this may not be true for everyday physiologic survival, proper and reliable function of the penis plays a large role in intimate relationships. Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection and/or concerns about penile size, shape and curvature, with or without pain, can affect one’s self-esteem and create significant stress between partners.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Erectile Dysfunction is a condition where a man is unable to maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction can negatively impact a man’s emotional wellbeing and sexual health. The condition can also be a symptom of serious underlying medical problems too, which is why it’s important to seek treatment.
What causes ED?
There are many factors that can contribute to ED, including age, cardiovascular disease, obesity, smoking, and diabetes. Psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression can also play a role.
Is ED common?
ED is a very common condition affecting millions of men worldwide. In fact, studies show that 30-45% of all men over the age of 57 suffer from ED.
How is ED diagnosed?
ED can be diagnosed by taking a thorough medical history, completing a sexual health questionnaire, conducting a physical exam, and ordering tests such as blood tests or an ultrasound to determine the cause of dysfunction.
What are the treatments for ED?
There are several effective treatments for ED, including oral medications, vacuum pumps, penile injections, and penile implants. At our Men’s Health Clinic at Aesthetic Options we offer P-Shot therapy and bioelectrical stimulation therapy to treat erectile dysfunction.
Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to improve ED?
Yes, lifestyle changes such as losing weight, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and managing stress can help improve ED.
Is ED a normal part of aging?
ED is not a normal part of aging, but the risk of developing ED increases with age.