What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Having trouble getting or sustaining an erection is referred to as erectile dysfunction. This issue can affect any male; however, it is typically not a cause of concern. Discussing may be uncomfortable, but being open and honest with your doctor is essential.
If you experience regular episodes of erectile dysfunction lasting more than two months. In that case, it is essential to consult a doctor as it may indicate an underlying physical or mental health condition.
Our online Mobi Doctor doctors know erectile dysfunction can be an embarrassing topic. When and where convenient, you can have a secure conversation with an experienced doctor on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can be as discreet as you want, and your words will remain private.
Causes for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction can result from physical or psychological factors, with age playing a significant role, as research indicates a higher likelihood of this condition in men over 40. Below are some prevalent causes of erectile dysfunction.
Maintaining good physical health generally reduces the likelihood of erectile dysfunction, irrespective of age. Nevertheless, two physical causes may hinder your ability to achieve or sustain an erection.
Firstly, an underlying issue could be restricting blood flow to your penis.
Secondly, during an erection, blood vessels relax to permit blood flow into the penis, constricting to prevent a rapid outflow of blood. Certain physical conditions can weaken these blood vessels, impairing their ability to regulate blood flow.
Your erectile dysfunction could be a symptom of:
- Being overweight or obese
- Cracked and bleeding skin
- Heart disease
- Red, inflamed skin
- Drug abuse
- An imbalance in your hormones
- A side effect of a medication you are taking
- Developing dry, itchy skin
- Regularly exceeding 14 units of alcohol per week
- High blood pressure
One's psychological well-being may cause erectile dysfunction. Specific mental health conditions have been identified as potential culprits.
- Relationship issues
In some instances, erectile dysfunction may be caused by physical and psychological elements.
In your consultation, our medical professionals will explore potential factors contributing to erectile dysfunction. They may inquire directly about some of the possible causes mentioned earlier.
Please rest assured that all discussions will remain entirely confidential.
In certain instances, additional tests may be required. For example, if there are concerns about a potential heart issue underlying your erectile dysfunction, the doctor may recommend a blood test.
Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
In addition to addressing the immediate goal of assisting you in achieving and maintaining an erection, any treatment plan must consider the root cause of your erectile dysfunction.
A physical problem requires an entirely different approach compared to a psychological issue. Our proficient doctors will determine the most appropriate course of action for your specific situation. Treatment options encompass:
If a physical ailment like high blood pressure underlies your erectile dysfunction, taking medication to manage it could be beneficial. Treating the underlying physical condition may help improve your erectile function.
In cases without apparent cause, our doctors can prescribe medications designed to enhance blood flow to the penis. While Viagra is a well-known example, there are other possibilities, including using a vacuum pump. It's advisable to consult with the doctor to determine the most effective medication for your needs.
If the doctor suspects your erectile dysfunction originates from a mental health issue, they may recommend talking with a specialist. Our doctors can facilitate a referral to expedite your treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most common form of talk therapy in such instances. These sessions help you explore the reasons behind your erectile dysfunction and learn new strategies to address specific thoughts and situations. In some cases, a brief course of medication may help restore confidence.
In certain situations, making lifestyle changes may be the solution. It can reverse issues such as excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, or smoking. Our doctors will provide the necessary guidance and support to assist you in making these changes.
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