Erectile Dysfunction Specialist In Los Angeles, CA
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction: It’s common, and it’s treatable.
If you are dealing with erectile dysfunction (ED), you are not alone: nearly one in every four men over sixty-five will experience some degree of erectile dysfunction.1 Younger men often struggle with ED as well. By taking the time to educate yourself about ED, you’ve made an important first step in finding a solution to erectile dysfunction (impotence).
Erectile Dysfunction is the consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.
Erectile Dysfunction can be:
- A total inability to achieve an erection – You can never get an erection.
- An inconsistent ability to do so – You can only occasionally get an erection.
- A tendency to sustain only brief erections – You can get an erection, but can’t keep it long enough for satisfying sex.
What Causes ED?
As a result of recent medical research, it is now known that more than 80% of men suffering from ED can trace its origin to a physical problem or disorder.
For most men, the cause of ED can now be fairly easily identified. Once identified, proper treatment can be recommended that may help you return them to a satisfying sex life.
ED can be caused by physical disorders such as:
- An injury (i.e. brain or spinal cord)
- A disease (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol)
- Various studies have estimated that between 20% – 71% of individuals with diabetes suffer from erectile dysfunction.2
- An operation (i.e. prostate gland removal)
- Substance use (i.e. tobacco, drugs, alcohol or medications)
Other facts about Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence):
- Approximately 30 million American men suffer from erectile dysfunction.
- Most men with erectile dysfunction still have the ability to have an orgasm and father a child, but often have difficulty doing these things because they can’t get or sustain an erection.
- Erectile dysfunction is not normal and is by no means an inevitable consequence of aging.
- Most men at one time or another during their sexual lives are unable to get or keep an erection. This is normal and does not indicate a problem. However, millions of men of all ages experience this inability as a continuing problem.
- In most cases, erectile dysfunction can be overcome.
Other Common ED Questions:
How does a man get an erection?
To achieve an erection, a complicated process must occur involving the body’s central nervous system, hormones, psychological factors, blood flow and circulation, and the penis itself. If any stage of this complex process is disrupted, erectile dysfunction can occur.
- Sexual stimulation – by touch, smell or visual stimuli – triggers the brain and nerve centers at the base of the spine, where nerve fibers connect to the penis and regulate blood circulation.
- The nerve center release chemicals that cause the smooth muscle in the penis to relax, which allows greater blood flow into the penile region. This increased blood flow causes the penis to become rigid and full, resulting in an erection.
- Veins in the penis which normally allow the drainage of blood are compressed and blocked off as the erection bodies grow.
- After ejaculation, the smooth muscle in the erection bodies begin to regain tone and allow blood to flow into the penis, and the venous channels open to drain the excess blood. The erect penis loses its firmness and becomes flaccid again. This process is called “detumescence.”
Is ED a normal part of aging?
Simply put, no. While erectile dysfunction is indeed a common problem among men at some point in their lives, it is not something they should accept as a normal part of getting older.
It may be true that older men require more sexual stimulation during intercourse; however, men at any age should still be able to achieve an erection and enjoy sex.
What if I am too embarrassed to talk about my problem?
If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, it’s understandable that you might feel embarrassed or uncomfortable with sharing such a private issue with others. However, it is very important that you talk to your doctor and partner about your problem.
Scheduling an appointment to talk about it with a urologist will begin the path to overcoming impotence and achieving sexual satisfaction once again.
Be prepared to answer any questions your doctor asks about your sex life, relationship, health habits, stress levels and other medications you may be taking.
Schedule an Appointment in Los Angeles, CA
If you think you may be suffering from erectile dysfunction, it is probably a scary time in your life. Rather than face this common issue on your own, schedule an appointment with a skilled urologist at Alarcon Urology Center today to get your questions answered.