Erectile dysfunction (ED) can seriously affect your self-esteem and your relationships. Seek a solution by consulting Dr. Erin McCormick at McCormick | Finger Urology. She and her expert team of urologists help you manage your ED with medication, injections, and ultimately surgery if needed. Men around the Rio Grande Valley can call the office in Harlingen, Texas for an appointment or book a consultation online to find out your options for ED treatment.
If you have trouble getting or keeping an erection, or you’re dealing with diminished sexual desire, you may have erectile dysfunction. Your ability to get aroused involves a delicate relationship between your brain and body. Your mental state, hormones, nerves, blood vessels, and muscles must work in conjunction to make and sustain an erection.
Many issues can cause erectile dysfunction. Physically, if you have a chronic disease, such as heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, it can interfere with erections. Other possible causes include:
Depression, stress, and a strained relationship can also make erectile dysfunction an issue.
Dr. McCormick and her team perform blood tests, a comprehensive physical exam, urine tests, and ultrasounds, and they ask questions about your health history, relationship status, and symptoms.
In many cases, the underlying reason for your dysfunction is unidentifiable.
If an underlying condition, such as heart disease or sleep apnea, is causing your ED, Dr. McCormick will provide you with treatment options to manage or resolve the condition.
Oral medications, including Viagra® and Cialis®, are commonly prescribed as the first line of treatment to deal with ED. Which medication you’re prescribed depends on your overall health, the severity of your ED, and any other medications you’re taking.
Hormone replacement in the form of testosterone is another possible treatment, alone or in combination with other therapies. Self-injections of specific medications may be another treatment option.
Use of a penis pump -- a vacuum erection device that’s placed over your penis and draws blood into your penis to make it firm -- may be an option when medications and injections do not work.
If medications, hormone replacement, and other therapies fail to resolve your erectile dysfunction, Dr. McCormick may offer surgery as a possibility. A penile implant involves placing inflatable devices into both sides of your penis so you can then control when and how long you have an erection.
To find out more about solutions for erectile dysfunction, call the office of McCormick | Finger Urology or book a consultation online.