3 Things to Know About Erectile Dysfunction Disorder

It is reported that 1 in 5 men suffer from erectile dysfunction or ED. Erectile dysfunction is a disorder that occurs when a man has a hard time sustaining an erection long enough to complete sexual intercourse. If you think you have erectile dysfunction, read on to learn more.

  1. Low Sex Drive

Prostate diagnosis and treatmentIf your libido, or sex drive, has gone down as you have begun to age, you might think that you have erectile dysfunction. However, libido and erectile dysfunction are two very different things that aren’t necessarily intertwined. In fact, most patients who have erectile dysfunction have the sex drive they need but simply can’t maintain an erection. Therefore if you are having a problem with your libido, contact your physician to get your testosterone levels checked.

  1. Increased Risk If You Are Diabetic

If you suffer from either type A or type B diabetes, you are two to three times more likely to get erectile dysfunction. Additionally, some studies point to the fact that diabetics tend to get erectile dysfunction 10-15 years sooner than individuals without diabetes. If you are a male with diabetes and have noticed that you have a hard time maintaining an erection or if you simply want to learn more about erectile dysfunction, check with your primary care physician or endocrinologist.

  1. It Can Be Treated

Thinking about losing your ability to maintain an erection long enough to have sexual intercourse can be enough to scare any man senseless. Luckily, through lifestyle changes such as weight loss, quitting smoking, and taking care of your heart, you can help to treat erectile dysfunction. Additionally, erectile dysfunction can be treated through medications such as Viagra, injections, psychotherapy, alternative medications, pumps, implants, and surgery.

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction disorder and would like to learn more about treatment options, contact UTMB Radiology today! By filling out our sexual health information and patient information form and scheduling an appointment with one of our doctors, we can help to get you on a successful track towards treatment.


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