Do your research on erectile dysfunction

Friday, February 16, 2018

By: Dr. Heather M. Stefaniak

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Erectile dysfunction often proves challenging to men experiencing it. As challenging is deciding who to turn to for trusted, results-oriented treatment and medical expertise.


Men with erectile dysfunction, or ED, have trouble getting or maintaining an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. It is a common type of sexual dysfunction in men. It becomes more common as men get older, but it is not considered a part of aging.


Given the intimate nature of the condition, it is not uncommon for patients – desperate for a return to normalcy – to fall prey to so-called ED experts who promise much and deliver little. It’s easy to see how this can happen. Many ED advertisements promise quick results – some within a couple of appointments – and boast success rates that often are the result of internally-generated – and thus potentially biased – reports.


That’s why it’s important to be your own best advocate and research ED-related clinics and physicians in your area to determine who is best suited to provide a solution to your problem.


Start by talking with your primary care provider. He or she can help determine the cause of your ED – maybe it’s physical, maybe it’s emotional – and in many cases, direct you toward a remedy. In cases where results still are elusive despite physician-approved remedies, lifestyle changes and the like, a board-certified urological surgeon can help.


Medical options to treat erectile dysfunction may involve:


  • Medications such as Viagra
  • Injection therapies
  • Urethral suppositories

 Surgical options to treat erectile dysfunction may involve:


  • Implanting a device, or prostheses, to make the penis erect
  • Rebuilding arteries to increase blood flow to the penis

 A healthy sex life is an important part of any intimate relationship. Although discussing erectile dysfunction can be embarrassing or uncomfortable, it is important to do so with your primary care physician who can direct you, if necessary, to a highly-skilled urological surgeon.


Don’t be distracted by bombastic claims and promises of quick fixes. Follow these suggestions and work your way to an ED resolution backed by evidence-based practices and solid medical expertise.


Dr. Heather Stefaniak sees patients in Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay. To request an appointment, call 920-288-8280 or do so online.

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