Valley Urology Center
Urologists located in Renton, WA
Having erectile dysfunction can significantly impact your quality of life and relationships, but Valley Urology Center offers treatment options guaranteed to work for everyone. At their convenient location in Renton, Washington, the experienced team of urologists provides a wide range of urology services to treat urinary and reproductive system problems, including erectile dysfunction. If you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction and live in western Washington or the Pacific Northwest, call Valley Urology Center or schedule an appointment online today.
Erectile Dysfunction Q & A
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence, is a condition that describes difficulty getting or maintaining an erection that’s firm enough for sexual activity. It’s also common for men with ED to have a low or nonexistent sex drive.
While it’s normal to experience erectile dysfunction symptoms from time to time, chronic ED can affect your self-confidence, increase your stress, and negatively impact the intimate relationships in your life.
You can experience erectile dysfunction at any age, but your chances significantly increase after age 40. Approximately half of men between 40-70 years of age have ED.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Upwards of 30 million men have ED, but it shouldn’t be ignored as just a normal aspect of aging as it can be indicative of underlying health problems.
Sexual arousal in men involves a complex system of hormones, nerves, blood vessels, and muscles, as well as the brain and emotions. Any issues related to these areas can cause erectile dysfunction.
Common physical factors and conditions that can trigger ED include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- High blood sugar, or diabetes
- Low testosterone
- Sedentary lifestyles and obesity
- Tobacco, drugs, or alcohol use
- Certain medications
You can also experience ED because of stress and mental health issues.
How is erectile dysfunction treated?
ED is a topic that can be difficult for men to discuss, but Valley Urology Center provides discrete and innovative solutions that can help restore your vitality.
To identify the cause of your erectile dysfunction, your urologist performs a physical examination, bloodwork, and cardiac electrocardiograms (ECGs) to look for underlying conditions and evaluate your overall health.
Based on your diagnosis, your urologist might suggest a variety of treatments, including:
- Oral prescriptions like Viagra®, Cialis®, or Levitra®
- Hormone therapy, or testosterone treatments
- Medications injected directly into your penis
- Vacuum erection devices
- Surgical therapies, like implants
Your urologist might also suggest making lifestyle modifications to relieve your stress, depression, or anxiety, as well as eliminating unhealthy habits like smoking and consuming alcohol.
For ED treatment options that are guaranteed to work for everyone, call Valley Urology Center or schedule an appointment online today.
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