When you struggle with erectile dysfunction (ED), it not only impacts your sex life but can hurt your self-confidence. At Optimal Wellness Medical, Dr. Steve Lasater understands the difficulty ED causes and works to find a solution that is right for you. If you are looking for a solution to impotence problems, call Dr. Lasater’s office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, today to schedule your initial consultation. You can even book your appointment online.
Erectile Dysfunction Q & A
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction, also called ED or impotence, occurs when you struggle to reach and maintain an erection firm enough for intercourse. While most men may experience troubles with erections now and again, when ED starts to impact other areas of your life, such as your self-confidence or your relationship, it can signify other problems.
Beyond getting and keeping an erection, ED may also lead to a decrease in libido or sex drive.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Because arousal occurs through a combination of hormones, brain reactions, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels, issues in any of these areas can complicate your sexual function and lead to ED.
Sometimes ED can result from underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, while other times, stress or mental health concerns lead to problems with impotence. In other circumstances, physical issues can cause ED. Some of the most common include:
- Clogged blood vessels
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Prostate issues
Certain medications and drugs, including alcohol and illicit drugs, can also lead to ED. Prescription medications that can complicate getting an erection include some antidepressants and drugs for high blood pressure.
How is erectile dysfunction treated?
To help lower the prevalence of ED, Dr. Lasater creates a treatment plan that focuses on improving your overall health. He may recommend that you:
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Manage chronic health conditions
- Exercise regularly
- Reduce stress
- Seek treatment for mental health concerns
When lifestyle changes aren’t enough to manage your ED, Dr. Lasater may suggest a prescription medication specially designed for sexual dysfunction. These medications enhance your body’s ability to use nitric oxide, which relaxes the penile muscles, allowing blood to flow into your penis.
These medications are not aphrodisiacs and don’t increase libido. They don’t cause spontaneous erections and only work when you become aroused.
Dr. Lasater may advocate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. By increasing the amount of testosterone in your body through replacement, your sexual function may become restored, lowering your frequency of ED.
When you struggle to get and keep an erection, don’t let it keep you from intimacy. Find a solution with Dr. Lasater. Call Optimal Wellness Medical today to schedule or book your appointment online.