Erectile Dysfunction & Low Testosterone
Are you struggling to achieve or maintain an erection long enough for sex?
Do you have less spontaneous erections than you did when you were younger?
These may be normal signs of aging, but if the problem occurs more than 25% of the time, then you may have reduced blood flow to your penis. It is time to contact a urologist.
While erectile dysfunction (ED) can occur at any age, it becomes more common in older men. According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, ED tends to increase by 10% with each decade of life. For example, approximately 40 percent of men in their 40s suffer from ED, 50 percent in their 50s, and so on.
Conditions Linked to Erectile Dysfunction
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Clogged blood vessels
- Metabolic syndrome
- Surgery on the spine or pelvis
- Prostate cancer treatment
- Side effects of certain medications
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Smoking and substance abuse
- Low testosterone
- Depression / anxiety
Treatment Options for ED
- Oral medication
- Penile injections
- Intraurethral therapy
- Testosterone replacement therapy (for low T)
- Vascular surgery
- Penis pump (vacuum erection device)
- Penile implant (prosthesis)