Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man is unable to get or keep an erection firm enough to engage in sexual intercourse. If you experience difficulty achieving an erection occasionally, get an erection but are unable to maintain it during sex or are unable to get an erection at all, you may have ED.
ED is the most common sexual problem in men, affecting approximately 30 percent of men between the ages of 40 to 70, and is most common in men over the age of 50. In addition to the sexual side effects, chronic episodes of ED may indicate other underlying health problems including:
- Heart-related conditions like high blood pressure, clogged arteries, heart and/or blood vessel disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Certain treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
- Injury to the penis, spinal cord, prostate, bladder, or pelvis
- Peyronie’s disease
If you are experiencing symptoms and believe you may have ED, consult with a physician to determine the cause of your ED and discuss which. treatment options are right for you. To learn more about the link between ED and heart disease, click the link below:
Oral medications (including Cialis®, Viagra®, Levitra® & Staxyn®) are often an effective way to treat ED and may be prescribed as long as you don’t have any health restrictions that would make these medications considered unsafe to use.
Other procedure-based treatment options are available including vacuum erection devices (VED), corpus cavernosum injections, urethral suppositories or prosthesis. Your urologist will review all treatment options with you and help you select the care plan that takes into consideration your overall health and best fits your individual needs.