If you have a neurological disorder or spinal cord injury and other erectile dysfunction treatments aren’t effective, two types of surgical implants could offer solutions to your ED. “An implantable pump can be used to manually create an erection by pumping fluid into cylinders placed inside the penis,” explains Feloney. “The other option is a malleable prosthesis that works like a gooseneck lamp to direct the penis into position for intercourse." Risks for these ED treatments include infection and mechanical breakdown.
If necessary, your doctor may refer you to a neurologist, a psychiatrist, an andrologist, or an endocrinologist for further tests. .
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Other exercises that increase and improve blood circulation are also considered to be good exercises. Aerobic exercises, such as walking or running, are excellent for improving circulation. Before starting any type of exercise regimen, however, men should check with their doctors.
In addition, the following four diseases can lead to erectile dysfunction by interfering with blood flow or nerve impulses throughout the body. Cardiovascular disease Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) Kidney disease Multiple sclerosis
The doctor will perform a complete physical examination, to check for abnormalities in the penis, scrotum, and testicles. To check for heart disease the doctor will take your blood pressure, measure your heart rate, and order a blood test to check your level of cholesterol. Your doctor will do a digital rectal examination to feel the size, shape, and consistency of the prostate, and if necessary check the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. To check for diabetes the doctor may order a test to measure the level of glucose in your blood. It could also be necessary to assess your testosterone levels in the morning. This is also done with a blood test.
Since the arteries in the penis are very small, often ED is one of the first signs of damage resulting from other medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
Injections Some medicines can be injected or placed inside the penis to help create an erection.Testosterone Your doctor may recommend that you take this hormone if your levels are low.Devices and Surgery
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If you have trouble getting or keeping an erection more than 25% of the time, you should see your health care provider.
Of course, the test cannot and will not replace a medical examination and diagnosis. For each form of erectile dysfunction a medical examination is advisable. This is all the more true as even mild erectile dysfunctions can be an early warning sign for circulatory disorders such as coronary heart disease or peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Please answer the following 15 questions completely, otherwise an appraisal is not possible. You receive the test result at the end. It is only visible to you. 1. How often have you managed to get an erection during sexual activity in the last month? no sexual activity almost always or always most times (much more than half the time) sometimes (about half the time) a few times (much less than half the time) almost never or never 2. When you had erections with sexual stimulation in the last month, how often were your erections hard enough for penetration? no sexual activity almost always or always most times (much more than half the time) sometimes (about half the time) a few times (much less than half the time) almost never or never 3. When you attempted sexual intercourse in the last month, how often were you able to penetrate your partner? no attempt almost always or always most times (much more than half the time) sometimes (about half the time) a few times (much less than half the time) almost never or never 4. During sexual intercourse in the last month, how often were you able to maintain your erection after you had penetrated your partner? no attempt almost always or always most times (much more than half the time) sometimes (about half the time) a few times (much less than half the time) almost never or never 5. During sexual intercourse in the last month, how difficult was it to maintain your erection to completion of intercourse? no attempt extremely difficult very difficult difficult slightly difficult not difficult 6. How often have you attempted sexual intercourse in the last month? no attempts 1-2 attempts 2-3 attempts 5-6 attempts 7-10 attempts 11-20 attempts 7. When you attempted sexual intercourse, how often was it satisfactory for you? no attempt almost always or always most times (much more than half the time) sometimes (about half the time) a few times (much less than half the time) almost never or never 8. How much did you like your sexual intercourse in the last month? no sexual intercourse very well liked well liked it was all right. not much liked not liked 9. When you have had sexual stimulation or intercourse during the last month, how often have you ejaculated? no sexual stimulation or intercourse almost always or always most times (much more than half the time) sometimes (about half the time) a few times (much less than half the time) almost never or never 10. When you have had sexual stimulation or intercourse during the last month, how often have you had the feeling of orgasm (with or without ejaculation)? 11. How often did you feel sexual desire during the last month? almost always or always most times (much more than half the time) sometimes (about half the time) a few times (much less than half the time) almost never or never 12. How high would you rate your sexual desire during the last month? very high high moderate low very low to no desire 13. How satisfied have you been with your overall sex life during the last month? very satisfied quite satisfied about equally satisfied quite unsatisfied very unsatisfied 14. How satisfied have you been with your sexual relationship with your partner during the last month? very satisfied quite satisfied about equally satisfied quite unsatisfied very unsatisfied 15. How do you rate your confidence with regard to the last month that you could get and keep an erection? very high high moderate low very low
I have severe erectile dysfunction, and it’s really affecting my self-esteem and marriage. I’ve been too embarrassed to seek help, but my wife has put her foot down and demanded I seek treatment for impotence. What is the treatment for severe ED?
Your ED specialist is interested in your physical and mental health, your relationships, and if medications, drugs, or alcohol could also be contributing factors. There is no judgment, and your honest responses can lead to a more effective ED treatment. How long have your ED symptoms been happening?Did your symptoms happen suddenly, or were they gradual?Do you ever have firm erections?Are your erections harder in particular situations or with different types of stimulation?Do you awake with an erection or feel an erection at night (a nocturnal erection)?Are you aware of any underlying health conditions?Have you suffered a pelvic injury or had any pelvic surgery?Do you take prescription drugs? Do you have problems feeling desire, having an orgasm, or ejaculating during sex?How often do you have sex?Do you have sex less often now? What is your current relationship status?Do you and your partner have expectations for each other?Has your relationship or your expectations changed? Have your stress levels increased?Do you use tobacco, alcohol, or nonprescription drugs more frequently or to de-stress? Additional Testing
To summarize, there are many different factors that can cause or contribute to ED. Some of the strongest contributors, such as comorbid conditions, can be modified and controlled with lifestyle changes. Most common however, ED causes are multifactorial and complex. Our urology team is here to work with you to resolve your ED and improve your sexual function.
Erectile dysfunction is usually a side effect of physical disease, injury, or drugs. Treatment is an option for virtually any man needing to improve the quality of his sex life. Corbin Floyd Hardin La Grange Lexington Louisville Madisonville Paducah Richmond Baptist Health Medical Group العربية Ikirundi 東話 通话 Nederlands Français Deutsch 本語 국어 नेपाली Pennsylvaanisch Deitsch Ρусский Srpski Oromo Español Tagalog Tiếng Việt What Is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Infection is a concern after placement of a penile prosthesis and is reported as a complication in up to 20% of men undergoing placement of a penile prosthesis. If the device becomes infected more commonly, it needs to be removed. Another prosthesis can be placed after the infection is treated and the penile tissues have healed, but it is a difficult surgery. Erosion of the prosthesis, whereby it compresses through the corporal tissue, into the urethra may occur. Symptoms include pain, blood in the urine, discharge, abnormal stream, and malfunction of the prosthesis. If the prosthesis erodes, it will need to be removed. A catheter is placed to allow the urethra to heal.