Myths and Facts About Erectile Dysfunction

Let’s get to one overriding fact about erectile dysfunction (ED) right from the get-go — it’s very common. In fact, one study shows that 52% of men in the United States struggle with the issue. If you find yourself in this group, there may be some comfort in knowing that you’re far from alone. As well, thanks to the large numbers of men who suffer from ED, the medical world has made some great strides in identifying and treating the problem.

Here at our practice, under the expert guidance of urologist Dr. Floyd Seskin, we help men living in and around Aventura, Florida, regain their sexual health. If you’re plagued by problems with ED, we’ve pulled together some information that may shed some light on your problem and dispel some of the myths surrounding the issue.

ED is age-related

There’s a lot of truth to the fact that ED is an age-related problem, but ED can strike men at any age (after puberty, of course). Let’s first take a look at how the numbers break out. The prevalence of ED is around 40% after the age of 40 and increases to 70% by the time men reach 70.

But men under the age of 40 aren’t immune, and one study shows that more than a quarter of this age group experiences problems with ED.

So, ED is greatly influenced by age, but young men can, and do, develop problems with ED.

ED is a physical problem

The simple definition of ED is the inability to achieve an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. But the driving forces behind ED are anything but simple.

There’s a fairly complex process that goes into an erection that involves your:

A problem in any one of these areas can have a cascading effect on your sexual health, leading to ED.

One of the most common causes of ED is a problem with the blood circulation to and within your penis. If your blood flow is sluggish because of clogged blood vessels, your penis won’t receive the necessary volume for an erection.

But ED can also develop because of mental health issues, such as depression. And it can also crop up because of an injury to your nerves or a problem with your hormone levels. 

In other words, there are myriad conditions that can cause ED, which is why the first step is to seek our help so that we can identify the underlying cause of your sexual health problems. Once we zero in on the problem, we can tailor the best treatment plan for your unique situation.

ED is a lifestyle problem

As we mentioned above, ED can be caused by any number of problems, and your lifestyle may play a significant role. For example, carrying extra pounds raises your risk for ED because of the effect that being overweight has on your circulatory system. Along the same vein, smoking can greatly increase your chances of developing ED because of its negative impact on your vascular health.

As well, drinking alcohol regularly and in large amounts can directly influence your ability to achieve and maintain an erection.

We’re happy to sit down with you to review your lifestyle and come up with effective solutions to offset your risk factors for ED.

And the good news is that we have treatment options for your ED, including oral medications such as sildenafil and tadalafil. We also offer cutting-edge pulse-wave therapy, in which we deliver acoustic waves into your tissue to encourage better blood flow and increased vascularization.

If you want to regain a happy and fulfilling sex life, please give us a call at 786-584-8217 to explore your ED treatment options.

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