Erectile Dysfunction

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, affects up to 30 million men in the US. ED is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient to perform sexual intercourse. Although the incidence of ED increases with age, it is not a normal part of aging and can usually be successfully treated.

Symptoms of Impotence

All men have situations or moments in their lives when they cannot achieve erection. This is normal. If you are still able to achieve erection in most instances, for example, early in the morning or through masturbation, you are not impotent. Men with erectile dysfunction typically experience a gradual but steady decline in their performance ability.

Although impotence in itself is not a dangerous condition, men experiencing chronic erectile dysfunction should still schedule an appointment to see one of the doctors at The Urology Place. Erection problems can be a symptom of a more several underlying condition such as diabetes, heart problems like hypertension (high blood pressure) or atherosclerosis, or even Parkinson’s disease. Thus, it’s still important to talk to your urologist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Gradual loss of ability to perform sexually
  • Loss of libido, or sexual desire
  • Inability to achieve erection
  • Inability to maintain erection

What causes Erectile Dysfunction?

ED can be caused by hormonal imbalances such as low testosterone, often called “Low T”. Other common causes of impotence may include:

  • lack of exercise or physical activity
  • obesity
  • smoking
  • high cholesterol
  • diabetes, stroke, or kidney failure
  • cardiovascular disease
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • medications (especially those for blood pressure, anxiety, and depression)
  • emotional health issues

Statistics on Erectile Dysfunction

  • ED occurrence increases with age
  • At age 40, approximately 40% of men have ED
  • At age 70, approximately 70% of men have ED
  • Men between the ages of 50-59 are 3 times more likely to experience low libido and erection problems than men between the ages of 18-29.
  • Erectile dysfunction affects an estimated 30 million men in the United States.

What type of doctor treats Erectile Dysfunction?

A urologist is likely a man’s best option for ED treatment. Here’s why: Urologists specialize in male anatomy. From sexual performance and circumcision to serious medical diagnoses such as urinary incontinence, penile pain, and prostate cancer, urologists knew men. Further, they are trained to have a deep understanding of erectile dysfunction and can speak to you in depth about your specific condition. So although there are many types of doctors, such as primary care doctors, who can prescribe medication for impotence, most men feel much more confortable having the conversation with a urologist.

Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction in San Antonio

Dr. Tim Hlavinka and Dr. Naveen Kella at The Urology Place have successfully treated hundreds of men in San Antonio experiencing erectile dysfunction. Nearly all cases of ED are treatable. Although treatment for ED is not typically covered by insurance, most men who come to The Urology Place for treatment find our cash pay options well worth the cost, and more affordable than in many other places. Treatment often depends on the severity of your diagnosis. The doctors at The Urology Place work with you to find the most conservative treatment to resolve your needs. Treatment options may include:

  • Medications such as Cialis, Viagra, Staxyn, and Levitra
  • Topical medications
  • Hormone therapy, such as testosterone injections
  • Penile injection therapy with Edex (alprostadil) or Caverject
  • Intraurethral pellet therapy to increase blood flow to the penis, called Muse
  • Vacuum Constriction Devices (VCD)
  • Non-surgical treatments…
  • Surgical treatments such as penile implants

What should I do if I think I have ED?

If you think you have ED, or if you are experiencing any erection problems, it is important to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Erection problems could be a sign of a more serious underlying health condition, so should be assessed as early on as possible. It is risky to attempt to treat ED on your own.

Remember, Erectile Dysfunction is treatable in nearly all men and it is a very common condition – about 50% of men experience ED at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, impotence is one of the leading causes of male depression and mental health decline. It can also put significant stress on relationships. So although ED in itself isn’t dangerous, it is very detrimental for your overall health.

The Urology Place – Known for Excellence in Treating Patients with ED

The Urology Place is known for excellence in treating patients with impotence or other sexual health concerns. Dr. Timothy Hlavinka is one of the leading authors in numerous research studies and reports on sexual health. Patients appreciate the ability of our doctors to approach this sensitive issue in a comfortable, thorough, and thoughtful way. Most of our patients are amazed at what they learn even through their initial office visit.

We make it easy to schedule appointments for ED and other private conditions online, as many patients feel more comfortable writing out their concerns versus speaking them over the phone. Our patient intake paperwork is fed through a secure HIPAA-compliant portal, so your data stays protected at all times.

We understand that most insurance companies do not cover treatment for Erectile Dysfunction. Blue Cross and Humana are two insurance companies that do not cover the diagnosis of ED. We will not file for your insurance benefits. Because of this, we have developed discounted cash pay rates for all of our ED treatments. This is just one more reason why many patients prefer treatment for ED at The Urology Place. Call us today at (210) 876-4272 or schedule an appointment online through the form on this page.

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Cynthia HuchingsonErectile Dysfunction