Think you might be dealing with ED? Get all of your questions answered.
Okay, so maybe you feel a bit embarrassed to talk about erectile dysfunction but know that this problem is incredibly common. In fact, around one-third of men experience erectile dysfunction at some point during their lifetime. Of course, our Punta Gorda, FL, physicians Dr. Joseph Ravid and Dr. David Persaud get quite a few questions about erectile dysfunction (ED). If you aren’t too sure whether you are ready to discuss this issue with your doctor, here are some answers to men’s top questions regarding ED.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
There are a number of factors that could lead to ED. The most common factor is age. Men are more at risk for ED after 50 years old; however, this doesn’t mean that men in their 30s and 40s can’t also develop erectile dysfunction. Other factors include,
- Certain medications (e.g. beta blockers)
- High blood pressure
- Urological conditions
- High cholesterol
Will ED go away on its own?
It is possible for erectile dysfunction to go away on its own without treatment. This is often the case if life stressors such as losing a job are to blame; however, sometimes you may require additional treatment and care to address the underlying cause of your ED.
When should I see a doctor about my erectile dysfunction symptoms?
If you believe that a certain stressful situation or life event could be the culprit behind your ED then you may want to wait it out to see if your ED also goes away; however, if you are experiencing anxiety or depression around your symptoms, or if your symptoms persist, then it may be time to talk with our Punta Gorda, FL, doctor about your erectile dysfunction.
What are my treatment options?
If you’ve been diagnosed with ED, there are a variety of strategies and treatment options that our medical team can offer. Along with certain lifestyle changes (e.g. losing excess weight if you are obese; taking medication to control high blood pressure) there are other ways to treat ED including,
- Medication (e.g. Viagra)
- Penile injections
The treatment plan that works best for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms, as well as the root cause. This is something that you and your doctor can discuss during your next appointment.
If you are dealing with erectile dysfunction and it’s affecting your quality of life, call the Punta Gorda, FL, medical team at Gulfview Medical Institute at (941) 505-2100 to schedule a consultation.