Hemet Valley Urology Medical Center
Urologists located in Hemet, CA
If you experience erectile dysfunction, you aren’t alone — around 30 million men have erectile dysfunction. Fortunately, in most cases, erectile dysfunction is treatable. Girdhari Purohit, MD, FACS, James Hendricks, MD, FACS, and the team at Hemet Valley Urology Medical Center offer customized, effective treatments for erectile dysfunction, including a variety of medication options and surgical management, at their office in Hemet, California. If you’re troubled by erectile dysfunction, call the team today or schedule a consultation online.
Erectile Dysfunction Q & A
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction prevents you from getting an erection that’s firm enough for sex. Almost every man occasionally has problems with his erections, but those issues are usually short-lived.
However, if you consistently have trouble with your erections and it’s interfering with your sex life, self-esteem, or mental health, you should talk to the team at Hemet Valley Urology Medical Center.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
First, consider how an erection works. When you become sexually aroused, your body releases chemicals that increase blood flow to your penis.
The blood fills two erection chambers, which are made of a spongy tissue that traps the blood in your penis until your body releases chemicals to release the blood back into your general circulation.
A variety of factors can interfere with your ability to achieve or maintain an erection. For example, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or cardiovascular disease, your body doesn’t move your blood around as efficiently as it should, which can interfere with your erections.
Other factors that can cause erectile dysfunction include:
- Nerve problems that prevent your spongy chambers from trapping the blood
- Nerve signals don’t reach your penis
- Cancer treatments, including surgery and radiation
- Depression and anxiety
- Relationship trouble
- Fears about sexual performance
Additionally, if you smoke, use drugs, or drink too much alcohol, you may develop erectile dysfunction. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to erectile dysfunction.
When should I talk to a urologist about erectile dysfunction?
You should make an appointment with the team at Hemet Valley Urology Medical Center about erectile dysfunction if your symptoms are interfering with your sex life or your self-confidence.
The team at Hemet Valley Urology Medical Center provides a thorough exam to identify the cause of your symptoms, including blood tests, ultrasounds, and other diagnostic tests to look for underlying health problems.
They ask about your symptoms, lifestyle, and overall health. They may also ask about your mental health and relationship status.
How is erectile dysfunction treated?
Treatment of erectile dysfunction depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. At first, the team typically recommends healthy lifestyle changes like regular exercise, losing weight, and eating a balanced diet. You might also benefit from prescription medication like Viagra® or Cialis®.
If these measures don’t significantly relieve your symptoms, the team might recommend testosterone replacement therapy, a urethral suppository, a penis pump, or a penile prosthesis.
If you have erectile dysfunction, the team at Hemet Valley Urology Medical Center can help. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or book online today.
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