Dr. Clavijo is fellowship trained in Andrology (having also completed a Urology residency) and strives to practice up-to-date evidence based medicine when treating patients with erectile dysfunction. Along with treating patients medically for ED, he also performs a high volume of penile implants.
Erectile dysfunction is a potential complication following prostate cancer treatments. The nerves that control an erection lie very close to the prostate and may be injured during treatment. However, some men may regain their previous level of erectile function with nerve-sparing procedures. But it may take up to a year while some men may never recover their ability to have a natural erection. .
If medications are causing ED, discuss with your doctor whether to change to a different medication or reduce the dosage.
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Since the arteries in the penis are very small, often ED is one of the first signs of damage resulting from other medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
Physical disorders associated with erectile dysfunction can sometimes be related to hormones in the body. Non-hormonal causes include conditions that affect the blood supply to the penis (such as high blood pressure, type 1 or type 2 diabetes and smoking) and those that affect the nerves supplying the penis (such as Parkinson’s disease and damage to the nerves in the body e.g. due to both type 1 or type 2 diabetes). Erectile dysfunction can also be a side-effect of a medical intervention or treatment. Potential treatments that may be implicated in the cause of erectile dysfunction include certain antidepressants and treatment for high blood pressure (antihypertensives).
This maxim springs more from anecdotal observations than from scientific studies: Men who have erection problems tend not to have much sex, urologists noticed. And those who don’t, have plenty. Then again, anyone with a passing knowledge of the birds and the bees might have guessed as much.
If you’re older, there’s probably a physical reason for your ED. But the causes can be in your head, too. Experts say stress, depression, low self-esteem, and performance anxiety can short-circuit the process that leads to an erection. These factors can also make the problem worse if your ED stems from a physical problem.
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Several medications are not recommended for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. These include trazadone, yohimbine, and herbal therapies, as there is no evidence to support their safe use for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It is important to note that testosterone therapy is not indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in the patient with a normal serum testosterone level.
Counseling. If stress, depression, or relationship problems contribute to your ED, talking to a counselor could help.
Researchers at University of Utah Health and around the world are continuing to investigate other ways that COVID-19 can impact patients long-term – namely, erectile dysfunction in men. Urologic surgeon Dr. Jim Hotalin...
I’m 25 now. I saw a doctor at one point, but it made me feel worse. He just brushed me off and said I was probably wanking too much. I came away feeling even more upset and anxious.
When you have heart disease, or coronary artery disease (blocked blood vessels), it will affect the tiny arteries in your penis sooner. Many times, we will refer you to a cardiologist to determine if you have cardiovascular disease that is causing your ED. increasing physical activity, quitting tobacco products, losing weight, and consuming a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Obesity is the state of being well above one's normal weight. A person has traditionally been considered to be obese if they are more than 20% over their ideal weight. That ideal weight must take into account the person's height, age, sex, and build.
Congestive heart failure with borderline low blood pressure and borderline low blood volume is a contraindication to PDE5 inhibitors, as is high blood pressure requiring multiple medications to treat the blood pressure as PDE5 inhibitors could lead to lowering of the blood pressure and medical problems.