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Erectile Dysfunction

Spokane Urology

Urologists located in Spokane, WA & Spokane Valley, WA

Erectile dysfunction is a common problem, but one that many men don’t speak about openly. The team at Spokane Urology offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for erectile dysfunction and can help men living in and around Spokane and Spokane Valley, Washington, find relief. If you’re ready to find answers and explore effective solutions, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q&A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to get and maintain an erection capable of intercourse. It’s a common problem among older men, but erectile dysfunction can happen at any age.

Far too many men believe that erectile dysfunction is an inevitable part of growing older. In reality, some treatments can help you enjoy an active and healthy sex life, regardless of your age.

What are the causes of erectile dysfunction?

A wide variety of things can cause erectile dysfunction. The ability to achieve an erection involves a complex interaction between your brain, nerves, hormones, muscles, emotions, and blood vessels. A problem with any of these components can prevent an erection.

Some of the issues that can cause erectile dysfunction include:

  • High cholesterol
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Drug use
  • Relationship problems
  • Metabolic syndrome

Peyronie’s disease is a condition that causes your penis to bend at an unusual angle. This can make sex painful or prevent you from achieving an erection.

If you experience erectile dysfunction, it’s important to come in for a diagnostic evaluation. If an underlying health condition is to blame, treatment can play an essential role in improving your health and your sex life.

What treatments can help erectile dysfunction?

Your treatment depends on the underlying cause of your erectile dysfunction. Medications might play a role. Many of the available options focus on improving blood flow to your penis. Testosterone therapy can also help if a hormonal balance is present.

Working with a counselor is a great way to process the emotional side of erectile dysfunction. Even if emotional upheaval is not to blame for the problem, therapy can help you work through your feelings about sex and the role it plays in your romantic relationship.

There are also surgical solutions for erectile dysfunction. Vascular surgery is one option and works to restore optimal blood flow to the penis. A penile implant is another approach and uses either an inflatable or malleable implant to facilitate intercourse.

If you’d like to learn more about treatments for erectile dysfunction, call Spokane Urology today to set up a consultation. You can also book an appointment online at any time of day or night.