Erectile Dysfunction ED Treatment Philadelphia, PA

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If you are struggling with erectile dysfunction, you are not alone.

Erectile dysfunction will not fix itself—so why wait? 90% of erectile dysfunction cases can be treated effectively.

Your erectile function matters. Waiting to receive erectile dysfunction treatment can impact your emotional state, relationships, pride, self-esteem, and overall well-being. Stop suffering and call Iron Mountain Men’s Health today.

Our goal is to help you enhance your sexual performance through effective ED treatment options. You may even experience results during your first visit with certain treatments.

Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is a common condition that affects millions of men each year. Approximately 40% of men will experience impotence and other types of sexual dysfunction by the age of 40. This percentage increases by 10% every decade.

ED can occur or manifests at any age, but it occurs more frequently in men over the age of 40.

Treatment is available for erectile dysfunction. Schedule your appointment at Iron Mountain Men’s Health by calling 215-659-3770 today.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is a common condition that affects a man’s ability to initiate, achieve, or maintain an erection. Having difficulties achieving an erection from time to time is not always a cause for concern, but if you experience persistent and ongoing erectile dysfunction symptoms, you may need medical attention.

Impotence can lead to stress, impact your self-confidence, and place strain on your relationship. If you are concerned about your condition, speak to an erectile dysfunction doctor as soon as possible.

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

If you have erectile dysfunction, you may experience the following symptoms on a persistent basis.

  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection
  • Reduced desire for sex

You should always see a doctor if you believe you have erectile problems. You should especially seek medical attention if you have erectile dysfunction symptoms and:

  • You have a pre-existing condition that may contribute to impotence, such as diabetes or heart disease
  • You are experiencing other symptoms along with erectile dysfunction
  • You are concerned about your ability to maintain an erection
  • You are experiencing other symptoms of sexual dysfunction, such as premature or delayed ejaculation

Erectile Dysfunction Causes

There are many factors that affect arousal and the ability to maintain an erection. The body’s hormones, brain, heart, nervous system, muscles, blood vessels, and emotions must work together for male arousal during sexual situations. A range of physical and psychological factors can contribute to sexual dysfunction.

Physical Causes

In many cases of erectile dysfunction, a physical condition is to blame. Common causes may include:

  • Clogged blood vessels, also known as atherosclerosis
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Being obese or overweight
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
  • Sleep disorders, such as insomnia
  • Low testosterone

Pre-Existing Conditions

Erectile dysfunction is not a dangerous condition by itself. However, it may be a symptom of an underlying condition, especially cardiovascular disease.

There are many medical conditions that can affect your ability to maintain an erection or cause erectile dysfunction.

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Vascular disease
  • Prostate cancer
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Surgeries that impact the pelvic area
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Any injuries that damage the nerves, arteries, or other functions responsible for erections.
  • Certain prescription medications, such as antidepressants, with sexual dysfunction side effects

Dr Appel will discuss lifestyle changes and treatments that could alleviate your condition.

Psychological Causes

The brain plays a major role in triggering arousal and causing an erection. However, many psychological factors can interfere with this process, contributing to erectile dysfunction. These may include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationship problems
  • Other mental health conditions

Why Get Treated for Impotence?

Erectile dysfunction can manifest due to a number of factors, ranging from lifestyle choices to complex underlying conditions that require treatment. It is very important to talk to a physician who specializes in men’s sexual health to receive an accurate diagnosis and treat this condition.

Without medical attention, erectile dysfunction can lead to complications that affect your daily life. These complications may include:

  • An unsatisfactory sex life
  • Increased stress
  • Anxiety about your sexual performance
  • Low self-esteem and embarrassment
  • Relationship problems
  • Inability to conceive a child

Risk Factors

Certain factors increase the risk of erectile dysfunction in men. These may include:

  • Obesity
  • Mental health problems, such as depression
  • Long-term drug or alcohol abuse
  • Low testosterone levels
  • Peyronie’s disease,or scarring inside the penis
  • Certain medications with sexual dysfunction side effects
  • Medical conditions that impact the cardiovascular system, such as diabetes or heart disease
  • Tobacco use, which reduces blood circulation and can lead to erectile dysfunction and other chronic conditions over time
  • Certain medical treatments that impact the pelvis or prostate
  • Injuries that damage the nerves or arteries responsible for producing erections

Lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise, can alleviate some of these risk factors. However, other risk factors, such as pre-existing conditions or substance abuse, require more intensive treatment to overcome. Speak to a physician as soon as possible to discuss your erectile dysfunction treatment plan.

ED Treatments and Potential Side Effects

Due to the range of conditions and circumstances that cause erectile dysfunction, there are also a range of treatment options. Some treatments are simple, such as medications or stress relief. Others require more serious care as part of a comprehensive health plan, such as penile implants or other urology therapies to improve your condition.

At Iron Mountain Men’s Health, we work to identify the most comfortable, immediate solution to relieve your erectile dysfunction, while coordinating care when a more comprehensive health plan is needed.

Treatment Options

At Iron Mountain Men’s Health, we offer a wide range of treatment options for erectile dysfunction. Your doctor will examine your condition and determine which option is right for you.

Oral/Sublingual Medications

Oral prescription medications are an effective erectile dysfunction treatment for many patients. Some popular medications include:

  • Tadalafil (Cialis and Adcirca)
  • Sildenafil (Viagra)
  • Avanafil (Stendra)
  • Vardenafil (Staxyn and Levitra)

These medications work to enhance the effects of nitric oxide, a natural chemical in the body that relaxes muscles in the penis. As a result, the medication will increase blood flow and you may have an easier time achieving an erection when you encounter sexual stimulation.

Never take any medication or supplement for erectile dysfunction without your physician’s approval. Speak to a healthcare professional to determine which medication is right for you.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a safe, effective treatment for men who experience erectile dysfunction. This treatment, also used to heal broken bones and injured ligaments, can help repair and strengthen blood vessels in the penis.

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy works by placing a wand-like device near different areas of your penis. The device emits gentle pulses that trigger improved blood flow. The entire treatment lasts around 15 minutes and no anesthesia is required.

You may require multiple treatments over a certain period to experience the full effects of extracorporeal shockwave therapy. Speak to a physician to determine if this option is appropriate for your condition.

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means it is an experimental treatment. However, clinical trial patients have seen promising results in treating their erection problems with this condition. In one 2017 clinical trial study, 43.1% of shockwave therapy patients showed an improvement in their erectile function after the first control after treatment.

Injection Therapy

Other treatments for erectile dysfunction include penile injections. These therapies inject a medication, usually alprostadil, into your penis, which triggers an erection relatively quickly.

With this treatment, a fine needle will be used to inject alprostadil or another medication into the side or base of your penis. Your doctor may use a singular medication or a combination of prescription drugs to encourage your body to produce an erection. Each injection should create an erection that lasts no longer than one hour.

In some cases, a penile suppository may also be an effective treatment option. During this procedure, an alprostadil urethra suppository will be placed inside the penile urethra using a special applicator. The erection will usually form about 10 minutes after the suppository is inserted, and if the treatment is effective, the erection should last between 30 and 60 minutes.

Potential Side Effects of ED Treatment

Because erectile dysfunction can be alleviated through multiple forms of treatment, side effects can occur.

  • Medication side effects: headache, nasal congestion, stomach upset, flushing, visual changes, or backache
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy side effects: bruising, pain during sexual intercourse, blood in the urine, or skin infections
  • Injection therapy side effects: mild bleeding from the injection site, prolonged erection (also known as priapism), or the formation of tissue at the injection site (a rare condition)
  • Suppository side effects: burning in the penis, formation of fibrous tissue inside the penis (also known as Peyronie’s disease), and bleeding in the urethra

Discuss with your doctor to determine which treatment option is right for you. If you experience any of the following symptoms after receiving erectile dysfunction treatment, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Disclaimer

The information contained on this site is intended for marketing purposes and not for any medical diagnostic purpose. The information provided is only a general description of medical conditions related to men’s health, and should not be used, and/or relied upon in any way to diagnose or assess any individual medical condition or situation an individual may be experiencing. Any person identifying any symptom or issue set forth in this website should consult with a doctor immediately for a medical evaluation of those issues or conditions based upon the individual’s unique medical and physical conditions and history. Some symptoms or conditions could be the result of serious medical conditions and should be addressed immediately IF YOU ARE HAVING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY YOU SHOULD CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY OR GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM. Otherwise, if you would like to see one of our physicians please call 215-659-3770.