Do your research on erectile dysfunction
Friday, February 16, 2018
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.
Heather M. Stefaniak, MD, is a board-certified urological surgeon with a subspecialty in robotic surgery. She is the founder of the robotic program at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Along with practicing at Aurora BayCare Urological Surgeons, Dr. Stefaniak is a clinical assistant professor for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health. Learn more here.