Erectile dysfunction damages your sex life and self-esteem, but thankfully, there are a number of effective treatment options. Board-certified urologist Larry Roberts, MD, is experienced in helping men manage erectile dysfunction at his practice in New Rochelle, New York. Dr. Roberts gets to the bottom of what’s causing your erectile dysfunction so you can get on the path to enjoying intimacy once again. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking tool today.
From time to time, nearly all men have difficulty getting or keeping an erection. Though these moments may be embarrassing or frustrating, they’re not always the sign of a bigger problem. Erectile dysfunction (ED) means that you consistently have difficulty sustaining an erection strong enough for sexual activity, often enough to affect your sex life.
ED can harm your self-esteem, make sex nerve-wracking and frustrating rather than enjoyable, and lead to tension in relationships.
Dr. Roberts has dealt with many cases of ED before and understands you may ashamed, or not fully comfortable discussing your problems. His practice is a safe, nonjudgmental environment. If you’re concerned about your ability to get and keep an erection, don’t hesitate to seek help.
Erections have both a mental and physical component. When you experience sexual stimulation, your brain sends a signal to increase blood flow to your penis. ED can result from a range of psychological issues that interfere with how you respond to sexual stimulation and physical issues that make blood flow to your penis more difficult.
The psychological causes of ED don’t have to be directly related to sex. You may have “performance anxiety,” but general mental health conditions like depression or anxiety can make getting in the mood for sex much more difficult. If you get erections when you wake up or on your own, but have difficulty with a partner, the cause of your ED is likely psychological.
When you have a medical condition that causes ED, you likely find it difficult to get an erection in any situation. Physical causes of ED include:
Erectile dysfunction is also a side effect of some prescription medications. Dr. Roberts reviews your medical history to determine the cause of your ED.
In many cases, ED goes away when you treat the underlying condition. If the cause of your ED is psychological, Dr. Roberts may refer you to a therapist or psychiatrist for counseling or medication. If the cause is a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, proper management may improve your ED.
Dr. Roberts may prescribe medication to help you quickly restore your sexual performance while you work on addressing the causes of your ED, or if it doesn’t respond to medication, lifestyle, and other changes. You take these medications, such as Viagra® (Sildenafil), in preparation for sex so that you can get an erection in response to stimulation.
If oral ED medication doesn’t work or is not advisable because of other medical conditions, Dr. Roberts prescribes injectable medicine. Either you or your partner can inject the medication into the base of your penis before sex, increasing blood flow and leading to an erection. Injection therapy is safe and causes minimal discomfort, as it involves devices called autoinjectors, which administer the correct dose of the medication at the correct depth.
To get help for erectile dysfunction, call the office of Larry Roberts, MD, or use the online booking tool.