Alarcon Urology Center urologists specialize in finding the causes male impotence and determining the best possible treatment for erectile dysfunction sufferers.
Nobody likes talking about their sexual impotence.
However, the simple truth is that a man’s sexual health is not only an important indictor of his overall physical and mental well-being, it can also impact his partner. If gone untreated, male impotence can put stress and strain on a relationship and result in a decreased quality of life.
Fortunately, there are a number of impotence treatment options available if you are one of the millions of men who suffer from this condition.
Determining which treatment is most appropriate for you depends on several factors, such as your age, health, preferences and the underlying cause of the condition.
Don’t let impotence put a strain on your health and relationship.
Visit the alarcon urology center to find out how your erectile dysfunction can be effectively managed.
What is impotence?
Impotence is another term for what many refer to as erectile dysfunction, or when a man is unable to get and/or maintain an erection suitable enough for sexual satisfaction. Studies show that approximately 40 percent of American men over the age of 40 are affected by impotence, and 70 percent of men age 70 or older suffer from erectile dysfunction.
While not a life-threatening health condition, impotence can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life, happiness levels and relationships.
Men who believe they are troubled by impotence should discuss the issue with their urologist to determine the underlying cause and receive treatment.
Signs & Symptoms of Impotence in Men
As a common problem among older men, impotence is distinguished by an inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient enough for sexual satisfaction. Impotence can also be characterized by an inability reach ejaculation, inconsistent or very brief erections.
If you are over the age of 40 and experience one these signs and symptoms, it is highly recommended that you speak with an expert urologist to determine the cause and discuss the best treatment option. While impotence is less likely in younger men, it is still possible. Regardless of your age, these symptoms could point to a bigger underlying health issue. Always consult your doctor if you have questions about your sexual health.
Common Causes of Male Impotence
The underlying causes behind impotence in men can be divided into two categories: physical and psychological.
Physical impotence occurs when certain bodily factors result in an inability to get or maintain an erection. These factors account for 80-90 percent of impotence problems in men and include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Traumatic injury
- Medication side-effects
- Hormone unbalance
- Sleep disorders
- Excessive smoking/drinking
- Metabolic syndrome
- Heart disease
- Kidney failure
- Prostate cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Peyronie’s disease
- Lack of exercise
- Poor diet
Certain psychological factors may also contribute to male impotence and erectile dysfunction. Psychological cases account for about 10-20 percent of impotence cases. These underlying mental causes can include:
- Low self-esteem/confidence
- Performance anxiety
- Mental health conditions
- Relationship issues
While there is currently no one-size-fits-all cure for male impotence, there are several effective treatment approaches that can be taken. Once the cause and severity of impotence has been identified, expert urologists can determine the optimal treatment option for each patient.
Available treatment options for sufferers of male impotence come in various types and forms, including: medication (oral, injections, suppository), hormone replacement therapy, penile implants and pumps, surgery, psychological counseling and natural remedies.
At the Alarcon Urology Center in Montebello, California, we will work closely with you to diagnose the cause and determine the very best impotence treatment option based on your health, lifestyle, the benefits and risks of each method, and the personal preferences of you and your partner.
Oral medication is a used by many men to treat the symptoms of impotence and erectile dysfunction. These drugs work by relaxing the muscles in the penis so that more blood can flow in to help maintain an erection when stimulated. Popular oral medications designed to help men with impotence include:
- Viagra (Sildenafil)
- Cialis (Tadalafil)
- Levitra (Vardenafil)
- Stendra (Avanafil)
Other medication, such as direct injections to the penis and suppositories (medication placed in the penile urethra), offer alternate methods to achieving an erection through alprostadil, papaverine, and phentolamine.
The side effects and pain associated with long-term impotence medicating, as well as the risks such medications pose on patients with pre-existing health conditions like kidney or liver disease, cause many men to seek safer forms of erectile dysfunction treatment.
In many cases, impotence caused by erectile dysfunction can be treated by making some simple lifestyle changes. Common natural remedies for impotence that your doctor may suggest include:
- Losing weight
- Eating a healthier, well balanced diet
- Better sleep habits
- Stopping or reducing smoke/alcohol consumption
- Herbs & supplements (ginseng, DHEA, L-Arginine, zinc, ashwagandha and ginkgo, among others)
Low testosterone levels may further complicate impotence problems in certain men. In such cases, a doctor may advise testosterone replacement therapy as a preventative measure. Hormone therapy is commonly delivered by oral medication, injection, patch, gel, gum or subcutaneous pellet.
In a small percentage of cases, male impotence is treated by redirecting penile arteries through surgery. While blood vessel procedures are highly effective, there is a risk of complications such as infection, which is why it is not recommended until all other treatment options have been attempted or considered.
For men who suffer from impotence caused by psychological factors like depression or stress, your doctor might recommend visiting a counselor or psychologist. Mental health professionals can help you break down psychological barriers that may be negatively effecting your sexual health.
When medications or hormone therapy aren’t appropriate or effective, and patients have exhausted natural treatment options, a urologist may recommend a penile prosthesis such as a penis pump or penile implant.
- Penile implants are surgically inserted devices that consist of either inflatable or rigid rods, allowing patients to control the timing and duration of an erection. Penile implants have a high satisfaction rate among men who have tried other conservative methods without success. You’ll need to talk with your doctor though to determine if the minimally invasive penile implant procedure is a recommended treatment option for you, and if so, which type.
- Penis pumps are a vacuum erection device that pulls blood into a man’s penis for sexual intercourse. With the help of a tension ring around the base of the penis to keep it firm, pumps typically help a man maintain an erection long enough for sex. Possible side effects include bruising of the penis and restricted ejaculation.
Contact Alarcon Urology Center to Discuss Your Health
If you or your partner are concerned about the effects of impotence on your sexual health and relationship, then it’s time to talk with a doctor. The Alarcon Urology Center is a safe and welcoming environment for men to discuss their concerns and get to the bottom of male impotence.
Dr. J Antonio Alarcon and his highly trained team of men’s health specialists have the knowledge, expertise and know-how to diagnose the cause of erectile dysfunction and determine the best treatment option for you.
Erectile Dysfunction – Further Reading
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- Medications & Devices in ED Treatments
- Treating Erectile Dysfunction with Penile Implant (Penile Prosthesis)
- Causes and Treatment for Male Impotence
- Coloplast Titan Penile Implant Surgery
- A Four-Minute Video Can Save Your (Sex) Life
- Erectile Dysfunction Overview
- Profile: A Man Who Chose A Penile Implant
- Overcoming Erectile Dysfunction Surgically
- Exercise and Men Sexual Health
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