3 Helpful Options for Treating Erectile Dysfunction

Are you having trouble getting or maintaining an erection? Is your sex life suffering? If so, it might be time to investigate possible options for treating erectile dysfunction.

At Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery located in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Gene Meisenberg and his team of healthcare professionals strive to improve each patient's quality of life through better overall health and wellness. Whether the goal is to breathe new life into one's appearance or tackle sexual function or urinary issues, Dr. Meisenberg and his staff use the latest technologies to rejuvenate and enhance both the outside and inside.

Erectile dysfunction explained

Sexual arousal requires a complex interaction of the brain, nerves, muscles, blood vessels, and hormones along with the emotions. An issue with any one of these areas – or a combination of them — can result in erectile dysfunction.

On the physical side, a wide variety of health ailments can cause arousal issues including heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, clogged blood vessels, diabetes, obesity, and many others. Depression, stress, and relationship issues can affect the emotional aspect.

Risk factors

A number of risk factors can increase one's chances of suffering from erectile dysfunction. Age is one with almost 70% of men 70 years and older experiencing it. Some medical treatments, injuries, and medications can also make erectile dysfunction more likely as can being overweight. Additional risk factors are certain medical and psychological conditions and unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking heavily, and/or using drugs.

Diagnosis

In many cases, a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction can be made from a physical exam and detailed health history taken by the doctor. Additional tests like a blood test, urinalysis, and/or ultrasound may be undertaken if an underlying condition is suspected to be contributing to the issue.

Erectile dysfunction treatment

Erectile dysfunction very often has to do with issues of blood flow in the penis. If the circulatory system isn't working properly the penis can't get enough blood for an erection to be achieved or sustained. Fortunately there are cutting-edge treatments that can address this issue.

Shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy can improve the blood flow to the penis by delivering low-intensity extracorporeal shockwaves that break up plaque formation in the blood vessels. It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and new nerve tissue in the penis.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

Platelet-rich plasma treatment harnesses the growth factors contained within the platelets to encourage healthy cell growth. Platelets are taken from the individual's own blood and formed into a concentrate that is directly injected into the penis. Benefits can include better circulation leading to more firmness and an increase in sensation and pleasure.

Hormone replacement therapy

A decrease in hormones, particularly testosterone, can result in lower libido and erectile dysfunction. This is determined by the amount of testosterone in the blood being measured. Since testosterone levels fluctuate depending on the time of day, often several tests will need to be conducted. If testosterone levels are found to be low, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can restore the amount of testosterone to normal levels and help resolve issues of low libido and erectile dysfunction.

If you're tired of struggling with getting or maintaining an erection and want to improve your sex life, call or click to book an appointment with Dr. Meisenberg today.

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