Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is never an easy topic- physically, personally, socially or medically, so let’s go through the essentials of ‘What To Know’ and get you the resources you need.

 

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*******And most importantly, a baseline medical examination is essential to evaluate your general health and to determine what medical conditions you may have that put you at risk for ED*********

 

If we know the cause, we can often find a cure.  Keep that in mind regarding all conditions.  Lack of knowledge has never cured anyone….of this I am sure.

 

So what is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

 

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*****Also referred to as Impotence*********

 

The inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex (mayoclinic.org)

 

 

Why Me?????

 

 

The causes of ED vary from person to person.  However, there are common factors that are TREATABLE!!!!

 

 

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  1. Anxiety
  2. Heart Disease
  3. Atherosclerosis (Clogged Arteries)
  4. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  5. Diabetes
  6. Parkinson’s
  7. Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  8. Peyronie’s Disease (scar tissue inside the penis)
  9. Medications
  10. TOBACCO
  11. ALCOHOL and other SUBSTANCE ABUSE
  12. Treatment for Prostate Cancer and Prostate Enlargement
  13. Surgeries involving the Pelvic region or Spinal Cord
  14. OBESITY
  15. Low Testosterone

Reference: mayoclinic.org/erectile-dysfunction

 

 

The Other Major Thing To Know About ED…..

 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!

Approximately 30 million men in the U.S.A. are affected by Erectile Dysfunction.

 

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What Can I Do????

 

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  1. Medical Assessment
  2. Keep a journal/log of the following:
    1. When did the ED begin?
    2. How long has it been going on?
    3. Are there times….days/physical settings/sexual partners….where you can or cannot perform?
    4. Have there been stressful events in your life recently?
    5. Have there been changes to or additional medications added to your medical regimen?
    6. Do you smoke? ED18
    7. Do you drink alcohol or use illicit drugs?

 

 

Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction…..

  1. Evaluation and Treatment of Any of the Above Medical Issues May Alleviate ED.
  2. Smoking Cessation (Quitting)
  3. Review medication list with your Physician and see if there is an alternative to any medications that may be causing ED.
  4. Medications…..Increase blood flow to the penis.  There are multiple medication options.  Speak with your physician about which medication is most suitable for you.
  5. Surgical Procedures
    1. Penile Implants/Prosthesis……permanent solution to ED
    2. Vacuum Pumps/Erectile Dysfunction Vacuums
  6. Sex Therapy.  Personal Counseling.  Couples Counseling.
  7. Natural/Herbal Supplement
  8. Testosterone Supplement

 

 

********DO NOT USE A MEDICATION PRESCRIBED TO SOMEONE ELSE************

 

 

********DO NOT CONSULT OR OBTAIN MEDICATION, or Surgical Therapy, FROM ANYONE OTHER THAN A CERTIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER(Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant)!!!!!!*************

 

 

What are other resources for great information regarding ED?

  1. www.mayoclinic.org/erectile-dysfunction
  2. www.medicinenet.com…….GREAT QUIZ and SLIDESHOW!!!!
  3. www.healthline.com/health/erectile-dysfunction
  4. www.webmd.com

 

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Please know that there is help out there and you are not alone.

 

As Always,

 

Take care.  Be well. Be safe.

 

Lisa Whitty Bradley, M.D., FACS

CEO & Founder

Chicks With MDs, LLC

 

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http://www.menshealth.com/health/erectile-dysfunction-drugs

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/basics/definition/con-20034244

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/basics/causes/con-20034244

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=3298

http://www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfunction/guide/erectile-dysfunction-treatment-care