Erectile Dysfunction Treatment in Greater Salt Lake City
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
When a man is unable to achieve or maintain an erection and experiences a reduced desire for sexual intercourse, it’s diagnosed as erectile dysfunction (ED). Unfortunately, this condition is quite common, especially among men over 40 years old. In the United States alone, it is estimated that nearly 18 million men are affected by ED. Additionally, men with diabetes have a 50% chance of experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Despite its prevalence, our culture does not effectively discuss or address this issue. We’re here to help!
What are the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?
The symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED) typically revolve around difficulties in achieving or maintaining an erection. Common symptoms of ED include:
- Inability to achieve an erection: A persistent difficulty in attaining a firm erection that is suitable for sexual activity.
- Difficulty maintaining an erection: The inability to sustain an erection throughout sexual intercourse or other sexual activities.
- Reduced sexual desire: A decrease in libido or a diminished interest in sexual activity.
It’s important to note that occasional or isolated instances of difficulty with erections are not necessarily indicative of ED. The diagnosis of ED is typically made when these symptoms occur consistently over a prolonged period, causing distress or affecting one’s sexual relationship. If you are experiencing these symptoms, consult with your provider for a proper evaluation and diagnosis.
What causes Erectile Dysfunction?
At Forum Health Utah, our approach to any disease involves identifying its root cause. Therefore, we begin by examining the primary factors behind erectile dysfunction (ED). Erections are the result of a complex interplay between hormones, emotions, vascular function, and neurological systems. Any dysfunction within these areas can lead to difficulties in achieving or sustaining an erection. When considering the majority of men in our society, the primary physical cause of ED is believed to be microvascular disease, which involves inflammation of the small blood vessels throughout the body and is commonly associated with heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Secondary physical causes may include:
- Hormonal imbalances: such as low testosterone, low DHEA levels, and adrenal fatigue.
- Neurological conditions: such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, pelvic area or spinal cord surgeries or injuries.
- Certain prescription medications: including treatments for prostate cancer and enlarged prostates, as well as alcoholism and substance abuse.
- Tobacco use: among many other reasons, quitting tobacco is highly beneficial.
- Sleep disorders.
- Emotional factors: ED can be caused or complicated by high stress, depression, anxiety, sexual trauma, or other emotional components.
If you experience symptoms of ED, such as difficulty obtaining or maintaining an erection or decreased libido, it is crucial to discuss it with your provider to determine the underlying cause specific to you. Once the origin of your symptoms have been identified through collaboration with your healthcare provider, you can address the underlying issue. In many cases, natural alternatives prove to be the most effective approach.
At Forum Health, we take a proactive, individualized, and evidence-based approach to look beyond the symptoms of ED and get to the root causes—usually some combination of blood flow, nerve and/or psychological issues.