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Erectile Dysfunction

Alexandria Urology Associates -  - Urology

Alexandria Urology Associates

Urologists located in Alexandria, LA & Oakdale, LA

Erectile dysfunction is a real problem, damaging your self-esteem, sexual satisfaction, and relationships. If you have trouble achieving or maintaining an erection, James Richey, MD, and Lance Templeton, MD, of Alexandria Urology Associates in Alexandria and Oakdale, Louisiana can help. If you need an evaluation and treatment for erectile dysfunction, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment using this website.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, commonly called ED, means you’re unable to attain or sustain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.

It’s normal to have occasional erection problems due to illness, stress, or fatigue. But, persistent erectile dysfunction can cause stress on you and your relationship.

ED can occur independently or be a sign of an underlying condition like heart disease or diabetes. Many treatments for ED are available. If you do have ED, Dr. Richey and Dr. Templeton can help you find a treatment that works for you.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

The process of becoming sexually aroused is complex. It involves multiple organs and health systems in a man’s body. Many things can go wrong, which is why finding the underlying cause of your ED can be complex. In most cases, however, the causes of ED are one of the following:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Peyronie’s disease

Certain prescription medications can interfere with sexual function as can excessive alcohol use, tobacco use, and the use of illicit substances.

Psychological factors also contribute to ED. Problems in your relationship, depression, and anxiety can compromise your ability to perform sexually. And when you’re stressed about the ED, it compounds your stress, making erectile dysfunction even worse.

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

The doctors at Alexandria Urology Associates evaluate you for any existing conditions that could be contributing to your ED. If you have an underlying condition like heart disease, this is treated first and could heal your sexual dysfunction.

When ED happens independently of other health issues, the doctors could offer an oral medication such as sildenafil and tadalafil. You usually take these medications prior to sexual activity and the effects last several hours.

Other treatments include the use of a vacuum device, injections, and prosthetics. Dr. Richey and Dr. Templeton review all of your options with you to help you find sexual satisfaction and confidence. A healthy sex life is an important part of your overall well-being.

If you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, find out your options for treatment by calling the nearest office of Alexandria Urology Associates or by booking an online appointment.