Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

Urology Health Center

Urologists located in Fremont, NE

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can damage your relationship and take a toll on your self-esteem, but it’s a common problem and easy to treat. The team at Urology Health Center in Fremont, Nebraska, is experienced in treating ED. Their approach includes improving symptoms with medication and addressing underlying factors that can contribute to ED. To learn about erectile dysfunction treatment, schedule an appointment at Urology Health Center online or by phone today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q&A

What is erectile dysfunction?

It’s normal for men to have performance issues on occasion. Though you may find it frustrating and embarrassing to lose your erection during sex or find yourself unable to become erect at the right time, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have ED. Erectile dysfunction means you regularly can’t achieve or sustain an erection firm enough for sex.

There’s no exact test or measurement that can determine if you have ED. However, if you have persistent difficulties with sexual performance, you may have ED.

Don’t be embarrassed to seek treatment for ED. It’s a common condition that affects men of all ages, and it’s easy to treat. The team at Urology Health Center has treated many cases of ED, and the practice is a comfortable, safe environment for addressing any and all men’s health issues.

What causes ED?

You may not think of an erection as a complicated process with multiple steps, but it is, and ED can occur at any of these steps. The cause of ED may be mental, physical, or both. Common factors that contribute to ED include:

  • Heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), and high cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Low testosterone
  • Anxiety, depression, stress
  • Performance anxiety
  • Past experiences of abuse
  • Shame or anxiety about sex
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
  • Side effects of certain medications

To help your doctor treat you, keep track of your erectile difficulties, including when they started, and when they get worse or better. Often, the key to effective ED treatment is determining the underlying cause.

What are the treatment options for ED?

Usually, ED improves when you address the underlying cause. For example, ED may be a sign you need to change the way you manage your diabetes or high blood pressure. Your ED may improve along with these medical conditions. When necessary, your doctor refers you to a specialist and works closely with other doctors in your treatment team.

If your ED is the side effect of medication, you may benefit from switching to an alternative drug. You may also benefit from lifestyle changes like improving your diet and cutting down on alcohol.

ED is a common side effect of low testosterone. It’s normal for your testosterone levels to decline as you age. In these cases, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to replace your lost testosterone usually improves ED.

Sometimes, addressing the underlying cause of ED isn’t enough, but thankfully, ED medication is highly effective and safe. Your doctor may prescribe Viagra® (sildenafil citrate) or Cialis® (tadalafil), which you take in preparation for sex. If you’re not a good candidate for medication, your doctor may recommend a penile prosthesis implant.

You don’t have to struggle with ED. To get help, call Urology Health Center or schedule an appointment online today.