The Truth About Erectile Dysfunction
July 22, 2015
Dr. Koushik Shaw and the Austin Urology Institute team are used to tackling tough questions about men’s health. One issue that many men face and are embarrassed to talk about is erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is a sensitive subject, but nothing to be ashamed about. So don’t fret, men, Dr. Shaw is here to help answer your questions and concerns about erectile dysfunction.
How common is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common occurrence that men of all ages may face to some degree. Over 50% of men over the age of 40 have had some trouble maintaining erections. At Austin Urology Institute, we see and treat men of all ages and backgrounds.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
There are several contributing factors to erectile dysfunction, including – medical problems, low testosterone, stress/anxiety, and a lack of sleep. Risk factors for erectile dysfunction include age (50+), obesity, sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, and a sedentary lifestyle. The psychological component of ED can play a major role as well – sometimes worrying about getting an erection interferes with the process itself.
What treatments are available for erectile dysfunction?
The goal of treatment is to dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the penis, which should help achieve erection. First and foremost, you should address any underlying factors or medical problems that are contributing to ED, be they mental or physical. Lifestyle changes to diet and exercise can help restore erectile function. Sometimes, medication may be necessary. Medical interventions used to treat ED include:
Oral Medications called PDE-5 inhibitors (Daily Cialis 5mg, Viagra, Levitra, Cialis 20mg)
Vacuum Erection Device
Penile prosthesis (Surgical option)