Erectile dysfunction (ED) is far more prevalent than you might expect — up to 30 million American men have trouble achieving and maintaining an erection. J Francois Eid, MD, a board-certified urologist, provides personalized treatment for erectile dysfunction at his practice, Advanced Urological Care PC, in Upper East Side, Manhattan. If you live in or near New York City and have consistent problems with your erection, call Advanced Urological Care PC, or request a consultation online today. Alternatively, you can consult with Dr. Eid via phone or video from the comfort of your home.
Erectile dysfunction occurs when you’re unable to achieve or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for sex. Erectile dysfunction is a persistent condition that interferes with your sex life and your self-confidence.
First, consider how your erection occurs. Your penis has two spongy chambers that fill with blood when your body releases arousal chemicals. The spongy tissue relaxes, stores, and traps the blood, which makes your penis firm. Then, when you have an orgasm, your body releases a different chemical that tells the spongy tissue to release the trapped blood, and your erection subsides.
There are plenty of places where this process can malfunction. For example, a cardiovascular health issue like high blood pressure or high cholesterol can interfere with blood flow to your penis. The reduced blood flow eventually causes inadequate and inefficient blood storage in your penis and affects your ability to achieve and maintain an erection.
Your erectile dysfunction could also be due to other issues, including:
You may also have trouble getting an erection after trauma or surgery to your spine or pelvic region. Cancer treatments, such as radiation, chemotherapy, and bone marrow transplants, can also cause erectile dysfunction.
You should make an appointment with Dr. Eid if you have persistent and distressing problems with your erection. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help; in many cases, erectile dysfunction is easily treated.
Dr. Eid collects a detailed personal and family medical history and also offers blood tests, including a hormone evaluation. He may also recommend a duplex sonography-pulsed Doppler study as well as a penile injection and penile measurement tests.
Dr. Eid provides customized treatment plans for erectile dysfunction, depending on its cause and the severity of your symptoms. For example, you may find that oral medication such as Cialis®, Levitra®, Viagra®, or Stendra® resolves your issues. He also offers urethral medications that release drugs directly into the tissue of your penis.
However, if your problem can’t be solved with pills, Dr. Eid also offers penile implants, penile self-injection therapy, urethral suppositories, and vacuum pump devices to help you reach and maintain an erection.
Call Advanced Urological Care PC or request an appointment online today if erectile dysfunction is interfering with your quality of life.