It is essential for individuals experiencing ED to meet with Dr. Barlow to determine the cause of their condition and explore appropriate treatment options.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is a condition in which a man is unable to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. This can be a persistent or occasional problem and may be caused by physical or psychological factors or a combination of both.
Physical causes of erectile dysfunction include underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or hormone imbalances. Other factors contributing to ED include smoking, obesity, and certain medications.
Psychological factors contributing to erectile dysfunction include stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. In some cases, a combination of physical and psychological factors may contribute to the problem.
Treatment for ED may involve:
- Identifying and treating underlying health conditions.
- Optimizing testosterone.
- Oral ED medications.
- Penile injections.
- Shockwave therapy like the GAINSWave procedure offered by Dr. Barlow.
- Using medical devices to help achieve or maintain an erection.
What is the cause of Erectile Dysfunction?
Physical erectile dysfunction can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Cardiovascular Disease: Conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels can restrict blood flow to the penis, making it difficult to achieve or maintain an erection. These conditions can include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis.
- Neurological Disorders: Disorders that affect the nerves that control the penis can also lead to erectile dysfunction. These conditions include multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injuries.
- Endocrine Disorders: Hormonal imbalances can also contribute to erectile dysfunction. Conditions like diabetes, low testosterone levels, and thyroid problems can all affect sexual function.
- Medications: Certain medications, those used to treat high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety can also cause erectile dysfunction.
- Trauma or Injury: Physical injuries to the pelvic area or spinal cord can also lead to erectile dysfunction.
- Lifestyle Factors: Lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol abuse, and obesity can contribute to erectile dysfunction.
- Age: As men age, they may experience a decline in sexual function due to changes in hormone levels and other factors.
What are treatments for Erectile Dysfunction?
We understand that seeking medical care can be intimidating, but we have a simple plan to help.
- Determine your eligibility by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Barlow, a BioTE Certified Provider.
- Review your personalized health plan, including your current hormone, thyroid, and vitamin D levels.
- Select your preferred care options, and start to take control of your health!