The production of testosterone and other hormones naturally decreases with age, and this can disrupt erections. Also, in rare instances, kidney failure and liver disease may throw off the balance of hormones necessary for proper erection and intercourse. In most cases, testosterone replacement therapy can bring levels of the hormone back to normal.
The term impotence is often used to describe many forms of sexual dysfunction, including the inability to achieve an erection, and other issues like loss of libido, inability to ejaculate or difficultly having an organism. While impotence is more of a blanket term, erectile dysfunction specifically refers to difficulty developing or maintaining an erection.
Not everyone can use these medicines. Your doctor may talk to you about alprostadil if oral medicines aren’t an option for you. Alprostadil is a synthetic version of prostaglandin E. It can be injected into the penis or inserted as a tiny suppository into the urethra (the hole at the end of the penis). Your doctor will help you decide which treatment is best for you.
After learning more about your health, our providers perform a physical examination and tests to gather more information.These tests may require blood and urine samples. We also may use a penile Doppler ultrasound device, which is anon-invasive imaging test that lets doctors study blood flow in the penis.
If anxiety or stress is causing your ED, it may help to talk to a professional therapist.
Your doctor may recommend pursuing some mental health support to alleviate the impact of stress, depression, or anxiety on your ED. Seeking help from a mental health professional can help treat erectile dysfunction.
ED treatments such as sildenafil have also been found effective in treating psychogenic ED (i.e. mental health-related ED). On top of this, they can significantly improve self-esteem, confidence, sexual relationship satisfaction, which can all have a physical impact on your ability to get an erection.
The penile implant allows men to achieve an erection through an implanted device. These devices can be effective in restoring sexual activity for a man and his partner. At Yale Medicine, our doctors have specialized experience with placing the penile prosthesis.
Bullet point: Ageing and comorbidities as well as polypharmacy factor greatly influence the development of ED.
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Normal erections are dependent upon complex interactions between the vascular, hormonal, neurologic, and physiological systems. A disruption within any of these systems can compromise a man’s ability to achieve an erection.
The pathogenesis of organic ED is related to dysfunction of the endothelium. Endothelial cells can become injured through a variety of mechanisms, most of which cause oxidative stress on the tissues. Many of these causes of oxidative stress are related to lifestyle issues which lead to hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidaemia (figure 1). Endothelial cell dysfunction results in reduction of endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation as well as increased adhesion of leukocytes to the endothelium. Endothelial cell injury then leads to a variety of sequelae, including ED, other types of vasoconstriction, atherosclerosis and thrombus formation.18
If you have a blockage of one of the larger arteries supplying the area of the pelvis or penis then microsurgical reconstruction of the arteries or anangioplasty to re-establish erections may be indicated. The blockage in these situations normally follows traumatic injuries to the pelvis.
Though it can be difficult to discuss this intimate subject with someone, the more your doctor knows about your health, lifestyle, and history, the more likely they can help determine the cause of your ED and the right course of treatment.
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The inability to achieve an erection is a symptom of an underlying health problem or a result of lifestyle factors that aren’t allowing the physiological mechanisms of an erection to unfold. For some men, this is only an occasional problem, which may be the result of increased stress, drinking alcohol or fatigue. But for men who experience erectile dysfunction more than 50 percent of the time when they are trying to engage in sexual activity, this may indicate that there’s a bigger health problem that needs to be addressed.