Erectile Dysfunction

There are a number of factors in a man's body that play a rule in forming an erection. It is a combination of physical properties such as the nerves, muscles, and blood vessels as well as mental and chemical attributes involving the brain, hormones, and emotions. A problem with any of these factors can lead to one of the three main symptoms of erectile dysfunction:

  • Being unable to get an erection
  • Being unable to maintain an erection
  • Experiencing a loss of sexual desire

Erectile Dysfunction Causes

A major cause of erectile dysfunction is low testosterone. As doctors learn more about your body's hormones and how they work, evidence may point to hormonal imbalance as an ED cause. Low testosterone, among many other debilitating symptoms, can damage a man's sex drive and erectile function.

Some of the other causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Nerve damage
  • Medical treatments like prostate surgery or radiation therapy
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol or drug use

Erectile Dysfunction Testing

Diagnosing the cause of erectile dysfunction involves a blood, saliva, urine or blood spot test to seek evidence of low testosterone, as well as, other physical factors. Your doctor may also inspect your reproductive organs to seek out any problems related to blood flow or nerve functions. These tests can be done visually or with the use of ultrasound technology.

Overnight erection tests are another common part of erectile dysfunction diagnosis. While sleeping, a man may experience multiple erections without realizing it. If an erection occurs during this test it would further distinguish whether the problem is caused by a physical condition or an emotional one.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

If it is determined that your condition is the result of low testosterone, a doctor will likely recommend BHRT, or bio-identical hormone replacement. This safe, cutting-edge treatment uses testosterone that's chemically identical to testosterone your body produces naturally.

Other treatments for erectile dysfunction include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Prescription medications
  • Behavioral and/or emotional therapy

Feel Like You Again

Erectile dysfunction can damage your confidence and your relationship. Low testosterone may be the cause, and BHRT may be the cure. To get started with testosterone replacement therapy, please call or request more information online.