Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for sex. Almost every man occasionally has problems with his erections, but those issues are usually short-lived.
However, if you consistently have trouble with your erections and it’s interfering with your sex life, self-esteem, or mental health, you should talk to your provider.
First, consider how an erection works. When you become sexually aroused, your body releases chemicals that increase the blood flow to your penis. Then, your blood moves into two internal chambers made of sponge-like tissue.
A variety of factors can interfere with your ability to achieve or maintain an erection. For example, suppose you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or cardiovascular disease. In that case, your body doesn’t move your blood around as efficiently as it should, which can interfere with your erections.
Other factors that can cause erectile dysfunction include:
Additionally, if you smoke, use drugs, or drink too much alcohol, you may develop erectile dysfunction. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to erectile dysfunction.
You should make an appointment to talk to your healthcare practitioner about erectile dysfunction if your symptoms interfere with your sex life or self-confidence.
The Lago Mar Medical Clinic team provides a thorough exam to identify the cause of your symptoms, including blood tests, ultrasounds, and other diagnostic tests to look for physical issues that prevent you from getting an erection.
Your provider will also ask about your symptoms, lifestyle, and overall health. In addition, they may ask about your mental health and relationship status.
Your care team provides a customized treatment plan to address the root cause of your erectile dysfunction. In addition, your provider may recommend lifestyle modifications and treatments to improve your cardiovascular health and increase blood flow to your penis.
Lago Mar Medical Clinic also offers the P-Shot, a platelet-rich plasma technique using your body’s native healing factors. The team also provides low-intensity shockwave therapy, a minimally invasive and painless way to treat ED.
To discover your options for treating erectile dysfunction, call Lago Mar Medical Clinic or use the convenient online booking tool.
If you experience erectile dysfunction, you aren’t alone — around 30 million men have erectile dysfunction. Fortunately, ED is treatable in many cases. At Lago Mar Medical Clinic in Texas City, Texas, Abiola Opabunmi, NP, AGNP-PC, offers customized, effective treatments for erectile dysfunction, including medication, low-intensity shockwave therapy, and the priapus shot (P-Shot). If erectile dysfunction affects your sexual wellness, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.