Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

Urological Associates

Urology located in Colorado Springs, CO

Erectile dysfunction is a condition that can have a shattering effect on your self-esteem. Being unable to have sex because you can’t get or keep an erection is a situation that men dread, but with help from Urological Associates in Colorado Springs, Colorado, you can overcome erectile dysfunction thanks to advanced solutions. If you want to learn more, call Urological Associates today or book an appointment using the online form.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition some men develop where they have problems getting an erection when they want to have sex, or lose their erection during sex. Naturally, this can be distressing, but there are effective treatments available if you have ED.

The odd occurrence of performance problems isn’t usually anything to worry about – excessive alcohol and smoking can also cause episodes of erectile dysfunction. However, if you frequently have erectile difficulties, it’s likely to be because of an underlying health problem.

If erectile dysfunction is becoming a significant issue, for example, it lasts more than a month or affects you more than a quarter of the time, you can get an accurate diagnosis and expert treatment at Urological Associates.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

There are quite a few reasons why you might have erectile dysfunction, such as:

  • Low testosterone
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Drug abuse
  • Penis injuries
  • Prostate injuries

You might have a problem with blood flow to your penis. For instance, microplaque is a substance that can collect in your blood vessels and reduce blood flow to your penis, making it more difficult to get erections. 

Another condition that can cause erectile dysfunction is Peyronie’s disease, where the penis can’t straighten properly, so you get painful erections. 

Psychological problems like anxiety, stress, depression, and low self-esteem can also cause erectile dysfunction. Issues like these can develop as a result of having erectile dysfunction as well.

Your thoughts and feelings are a critical part of achieving erections. If you’re feeling stressed because you’ve been having performance problems, the worry increases your chances of experiencing erectile dysfunction. 

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

The quick and easy solution to erectile dysfunction is to take a medication like sildenafil (Viagra®). These drugs are very effective and help many men achieve erections that last. However, they don’t do anything to sort out the cause of your erectile dysfunction.

The expert physicians at Urological Associates can find out why you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, and address the cause. Once you know what’s behind your erectile dysfunction, there are many potential therapies available that could resolve your problems.  

Low testosterone is a common cause of erectile dysfunction, for which you can take testosterone supplements. 

If you have microplaque blocking the blood vessels in your penis,  low-intensity shockwave therapy can break it up. This improves blood flow so you can get and keep erections more easily. 

Urological Associates also offers penile implants as a treatment for erectile dysfunction.  Penile implants have been around for over 40 years  and offer a lasting solution for many men. 

Penile implants typically consist of an inflatable device that’s implanted permanently in your penis, which you control by pumping up before sex and deflating after sex.

If erectile dysfunction is becoming an issue for you, call Urological Associates today or book an appointment online.