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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to obtain or maintain a hard penis sufficient for sexual activity most of the time. Having erection trouble occasionally is not cause for concern. It is normal for men to have occasional problems getting or maintaining an erection.
Ongoing erection problems can be caused by underlying medical problems or may be a result of aging. ED is more common in older men but can occur at all ages. The incidence of ED in 40-year-olds is about 5 percent but increases to about 15 to 25 percent in men who are 65 years old and older. Many experts believe that the true incidence is greatly underestimated. It is important that you discuss your symptoms of ED with your personal physician, since ED may be a sign that you could have an underlying health problem.
Certain situations are more likely to cause a problem with erections, for example:
There are many physical factors and some psychological factors that can cause ED. The good news is that there are many treatments for ED.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) may be a very distressing condition. It can happen to any male at any time. The typical symptoms are the inability to:
Your medical and sexual histories are important in providing information about the severity of your condition and the potential causes of ED. Questions of major importance may include how long you have had the condition and whether you get erections in your sleep.
Having painful erections or curved erections (Peyronie's disease) is a separate condition from ED. If you have these problems, you should be examined by us.
A complete physical examination, including blood work, done by your personal physician may give clues to underlying conditions that cause ED. Conditions that affect your blood vessels, nerves, or glands can be responsible for ED.
There are tests that can be used to examine the blood vessels and nerves of the penis and pelvic region. However, these tests are rarely performed since they do not affect treatment options and any finding is rarely reversible.
Testosterone levels. If appropriate, we may order a testosterone test to help determine if low testosterone levels are the cause of your ED.
Your use of medicines and drugs can affect erections, including:
We may talk to you about psychological evaluation if we feel psychological factors are contributing to your ED symptoms.
Male sexual arousal and erection is a complex process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction can result from a problem with any part of this process. In addition, stress and mental health problems can worsen erectile dysfunction.
Research shows that over 80 percent of ED is related to physical problems in the body's blood vessels and nerves or to abnormal hormone levels. If treating an underlying condition does not help your erectile dysfunction, medications or other direct treatments may work.
Common conditions leading to ED include:
Neurological diseases that can also cause ED include:
ED can be a side effect caused by certain medicines, such as:
Psychological factors that may affect ED are:
Lifestyle habits that can damage your blood vessels may be another cause of ED, including:
Activities that cause pressure on the nerves to the penis, like prolonged bicycling, may lead to ED.
There are many treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED). Treatments can be as simple as modifying certain lifestyle habits like quitting smoking and getting regular exercise. Or treatment might include taking medicine and/or using mechanical devices. Your problem can usually be corrected, depending on how far you are willing to go to treat it.
It can be helpful to discuss the treatment options with your partner. The cause and severity of your ED, as well as your partner's wishes, may help determine the right treatment for you.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not always due to aging. You may be able to avoid ED by actively trying to prevent it. Some ED cases are improved or solved by incorporating healthy lifestyle behaviors like physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight. Here are some tips to help you get started.
It is helpful to practice healthy living tips like the following:
If you have a family history of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, and stroke or unexplained limping (claudication), talk with us about scheduling regular checkups starting in your 20s. We want to ensure that you are managing your condition to help prevent ED in the future.
If your medicines are contributing to ED, we will find alternatives that will work for you. We will ask that you stop using any supplements or over-the-counter medicines that may be contributing to your ED.
Counseling and sex therapy may be helpful even if the cause of your ED is due to physical reasons such as chronic illness. Counseling can help if you are experiencing performance anxiety or lack of libido (interest in sex). If you are having relationship problems, counseling may help improve your relationship and make it stronger.
If you are having symptoms that concern you, your first contact will typically be with your personal physician, who will evaluate your health and symptoms.
If specialty care is needed, your personal physician will facilitate the process of scheduling an appointment in my department. If appropriate, she or he might call me or one of my colleagues while you are in the office so we can all discuss your care together. If we decide you need an appointment with me after that discussion, we can often schedule it the same day or soon thereafter.
During your office visit, we will discuss your medical and sexual history and I may perform a physical exam. I will explain the findings of your exam and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We will discuss treatment options, and together we will create a treatment plan that is right for you.
If you need to talk with me after your visit or procedure, please call my office. You can also e-mail me with nonurgent issues from this website whenever it is convenient for you.
If you have urgent concerns or issues while my office is closed, or need general medical advice, you can call the Appointment and Advice line, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be connected with a nurse who can give you immediate advice.
If you are experiencing a serious problem or an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room when the clinic is not open.
Having all of our Kaiser Permanente departments located together or nearby, including pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, and health education, makes getting your care easier for you.
Another major benefit is our comprehensive electronic medical record system, which allows all of the doctors and clinicians involved in your care to stay connected on your health status and collaborate with each other as appropriate.
When every member of the health care team is aware of all aspects of your condition, care is safer and more effective.
We will work together to monitor and assess how your medications are working and make adjustments over time. Prescriptions can be filled at any Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. Just let me know which pharmacy works best for you, and I will send the prescription electronically in advance of your arrival at the pharmacy.If refills are needed in the future, you can:
For lab tests, I will use our electronic medical record system to send the requisition to the Kaiser Permanente laboratory of your choice. For imaging procedures, we will schedule an appointment with the radiology department. When the results are ready, I will contact you with your results by letter, secure e-mail message, or phone. In addition, you can view most of your laboratory results online, along with any comments that I have attached to explain them.
If we decide together that your condition would also benefit from the care of other types of specialists, our staff will help arrange the appointment(s) with one or more of my specialty colleagues.
I will recommend you review educational information and tools to help you prepare for your procedure or surgery. The information will often help you decide whether surgery is right for you. If you decide to have a surgery or procedure, the information will provide details about how to prepare and what to expect.
If we proceed with surgery, I will have my Surgery Scheduler contact you to determine a surgery date and provide you with additional instructions regarding your procedure. Once your surgery is scheduled, a medical colleague of mine will contact you to conduct a preoperative medical evaluation that will assure that you are properly prepared for your surgery.
As your specialist, I have a goal to provide high-quality care and to offer you choices that make your health care convenient. I recommend that you become familiar with the many resources we offer so that you can choose the services that work best for you.
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