A common issue
That has solutions!
What can be done about erectile dysfunction?
Talk to your doctor
Erectile dysfunction is a symptom. The causes can be multiple, from very straight-forward to relatively complex depending on every patient. To get to the bottom of the issue, your doctor will ask you a range of questions to map out the possible causes, and in certain cases will prescribe tests to assist your treatment plan.
It is important to understand the difference between erectile dysfunction caused by performance anxiety and organic dysfunction. For young adults that still present normal morning erections, the culprit is often stress-related issues. Your doctor will be able to introduce you to relaxation techniques and if need be, prescribe temporary pharmaceutical help to maintain blood flow to the genitalia and restore confidence.
Organic dysfunction, however, is related to a tangible medical issue. It can occur due to a testosterone deficit, a vascular disease or a damage to nervous fibers. These more complex situations often require thorough investigation and follow-up on the part of your medical team.
Organic erectile dysfunction is, in most cases, the manifestation of metabolic syndromes such as:
- Metabolic syndrome
- Coronary disease
Properly treating the underlying causes is important to better your quality of life and help treat erectile dysfunction.
Diagnostic and Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
What to expect in a consultation?
Your doctor can rely on different tests to identify the root cause of the issue. Blood work, a sleep apnea test or a cardiac stress test are all possible diagnostic tools your doctor might use to rule out underlying issues that may contribute to the symptoms experienced.
In light of the information gathered, your doctor will be able to offer you a treatment plan, including pharmaceutical help if need be, once all risk factors and potential issues have been ruled out or managed effectively.