Erectile dysfunction – commonly known as E.D. – is a sexual condition which affects more than 3 million men every year. The spread of wrong information over the years has led to a lot of misconceptions about erectile dysfunction. If you suffer from E.D., it is important to be properly informed so that you can make educated decisions about your treatment options. Here’s what you need to know:

What is erectile dysfunction?

According to WebMD, erectile dysfunction occurs when a man has consistent and repeated problems sustaining an erection.

Is there a difference between E.D. and low libido?

Yes; low libido is the scientific term for the lack of sex drive. In the case of erectile dysfunction, the mental desire  is there, the body just simply doesn’t respond.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can refer to anything that blocks or restricts the body from achieving an erection. There could be a variety of reasons for this; both physical and psychological. There is no one comprehensive cause for E.D., but research has found common risk factors. They include:

  • Old age
  • Smoking, excessive drinking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Current/previous heart conditions
  • Hormonal imbalance/low testosterone.

What treatment options are available for E.D.?

Fortunately, many cases of erectile dysfunction can be effectively managed or treated. Depending on the cause of your E.D., treatment may be as simple as making lifestyle changes. In other cases, medical treatment may be needed. Common forms of this include:

  • Oral medications: taken either once a day or 30-60 minutes before intercourse.
  • Surgery: to unblock blood vessels.
  • Implants
  • Psychotherapy: if there is no physical problems
  • Alternative supplements
  • Low testosterone therapy

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, help may be available through testosterone replacement therapy. Long Island residents can count on the experts at NuWave Medical, PLLC to test their hormone levels and provide a customized treatment plan if needed. Visit our website to schedule your testosterone therapy consultation, or give us a call at (631) 343-7144.