When you have trouble getting or keeping an erection, it can cause anxiety, affect your self-confidence, and impact your most intimate relationships. The medical professionals at Family Medical Specialists of Florida, PLC offer support for men’s health, which includes support and treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). For a consultation regarding your ED, call or book an appointment with their office in Plant City, Florida.
Erectile Dysfunction Q & A
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition that affects normal sexual response of men. ED is characterized by an inability to get or keep a penile erection, and often includes a decrease in sexual desire.
While this condition is not medically concerning itself, it may be a signal that you have other more serious underlying health concerns. Conditions like diabetes and heart disease may impact your ability to get or keep an erection.
ED also may impact your overall sense of wellness, which can have a negative effect on your health. Talking to your family medicine doctor about ED is an important first step to taking charge of your health in the long-term.
What causes ED?
The male sexual response is a complex system of hormonal, emotional, psychological, and physical components. ED can happen if any of these are out of balance, especially as you get older.
The hormone testosterone diminishes as you age. This natural decline in sex-related hormones can significantly impact your sexual drive and performance.
Other causes may include:
- Impaired circulation
- Clogged arteries or blood clots
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- High blood pressure
Extreme psychological stress, depression, or anxiety may be significant contributing factors. Smoking, some medications, and obesity can place you at higher risk for ED.
What can decrease the risk of having ED?
Living a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in preventing ED. Some practical ways you can help improve your sex drive and improve your performance include:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Avoiding alcohol and addictive substances
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Participating in regular physical activity
Making your emotional, psychological, and physical health a priority does wonders for your sexual health.
What men’s health services are available?
Family Medical Specialists of Florida, PLC offers services that emphasize men’s health and help to improve symptoms and decrease risk for ED. These services include:
- ED workup
- Wellness visits
- Prostate checks
- Prostate cancer screening
- BPH treatment
Testosterone injections are offered as a treatment for ED, when the underlying cause is hormonal. These injections help to recover and maintain normal testosterone levels.
Your family medicine team is committed to helping you recover your ability to get and keep an erection and improve your sex drive.
For an evaluation of your ED symptoms, call or book an appointment online today.