Erectile Dysfunction: More Common and More Treatable Than You May Think

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is an important health concern for many men who may feel uncomfortable discussing it with their doctor. ED isn’t just your father’s or grandfather’s problem. ED is much more common than many men realize, and the age of onset may surprise you.

It’s estimated that ED affects 40% of men by age 40 and 70% of men by age 70. Men younger than 40 are also at risk. In fact, close to 30% of men under the age of 40 have experienced ED.

Scheduling a visit to Columbus AntiAging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery is the first step in getting a formal diagnosis and discussing treatment options. Anti-aging specialist and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Gene Meisenberg uses the latest research, techniques, and advances in medicine to evaluate and treat your erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction overview 

Erectile dysfunction refers to an inability to develop and maintain an erection. Experiencing this difficulty once in a while usually isn’t a cause for concern. You’re considered to have ED when you’ve had problems for at least six months.

While it may seem simple, developing an erection is a complex process involving multiple body systems including your endocrine, vascular, neurologic, and anatomic systems. A kink anywhere in this vast network of events can cause problems maintaining an erection. Problems with blood flow are often involved in ED.

Risk factors for ED include:

Additionally, ED is a common side effect of many medications, including:

If you experience ED and think it’s the result of medication, continue to take your medication as prescribed. You can discuss medications and alternatives with Dr. Meisenberg at your visit.

Evaluating erectile dysfunction

The International Index of Erectile Function — a 15-item questionnaire — is most commonly used to evaluate patients for ED. A physical exam, discussion of your medical and sexual history, and relevant lab tests help confirm an ED diagnosis.

The three key components to male sexual function are:

During your visit, Dr. Meisenberg evaluates each of these components to determine how to best help you achieve optimal sexual function and sexual wellness.

Erectile dysfunction treatment

ED is very treatable. Following a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Meisenberg can recommend the most appropriate treatment course to improve your sexual function. Specific treatment depends on the cause.

If Dr. Meisenberg rules out other causes, he may recommend a vasodilator medicine such as sildenafil or tadalafil. Other ED treatment options we offer include:

ED is nothing to feel embarrassed about. If you experience trouble getting and keeping an erection, effective treatment that may include lifestyle changes can help. Get started today by calling our office in Brooklyn, New York, at 718-942-4360 to schedule a consultation, or use our handy appointment request tool.

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