What Is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Erectile dysfunction, commonly referred to as ED, is a men’s health condition that describes the inability to attain or maintain an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. Experiencing some difficulty with erections every now and then is generally not a cause for concern. But when ED, also known as impotence, occurs on a more progressive basis, it may indicate other types of health issues and should be evaluated by a urologist.
Drs. Ahmad and Ali Kasraeian are board-certified urologists in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, FL and are among the foremost experts in erectile dysfunction and men’s health. These ED specialists take a compassionate, discrete approach to evaluating ED concerns and helping patients determine an ideal treatment option. If you or a family member is having issues with erectile dysfunction, it may be time to get help from a urologist. Call Kasraeian Urology to learn more about this condition or to reserve a confidential consultation with one of our specialists.
Risk Factors and Causes of ED
While erectile dysfunction physically results from blood pressure and circulation issues, the causes of ED can be physiological or emotional in nature. The condition may also indicate other underlying health problems, such as heart disease. ED may lead to additional health risks, including stroke, poor circulation, and depression, making diagnosis and treatment very important to men's health. Some of the most common causes of ED include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Drug use
- Tobacco use
- Lack of exercise
- Decreased testosterone
- Certain medications
There are several factors that may increase the risk of experiencing erectile dysfunction, such as:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Sleep disorders
- Age (being over 50)
Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
At Kasraeian Urology, we understand the impact ED can have on self-esteem, relationships, and general well-being. Drs. Kasraeian will perform a comprehensive assessment to help identify the cause of ED or discover factors that may be contributing to the condition. During the consultation, our team will review your medical history and talk with you privately about your ED concerns. We may perform an exam and order diagnostic testing, such as blood work, hormonal assessments, or ultrasounds. One of our distinguished urology specialists can then review and help you select the best ED treatment option for your needs and lifestyle.
Along with medication-therapy and traditional erectile dysfunction treatments, Drs. Kasraeian also offer Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy (LiSWT) to help treat the cause of ED. LiSWT is an innovative, noninvasive procedure where ultrasound energy in the form of pressure waves is applied to the pelvic area for several minutes. This can stimulate blood flow to the penis to help improve circulation and erectile function.
Get Help for ED
Erectile dysfunction is a treatable condition and does not have to interfere with your health and happiness. Get help from Drs. Kasraeian by scheduling a private telemedicine or in-person consultation at one of our Jacksonville, FL locations. Call Kasraeian Urology today for more on insurance coverage, treatment costs, and to book your appointment with one of our ED specialists.
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