Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. Having erection trouble from time to time happens to most men and usually isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems with your sexual partner. Problems getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment. It has been learned that erectile dysfunction is a risk factor for heart disease. Many times erectile dysfunction can be caused by underlying health conditions such as diabetes, circulatory problems, low testosterone, high blood pressure and obesity. Often treatment of these underlying health conditions can improve erectile function.
If you’re concerned about erectile dysfunction, talk with Dr. Whiteley even if you’re embarrassed. Sometimes, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed to treat your erectile dysfunction. You don’t have to accept erectile dysfunction as part of getting older.
If you are having problems with erectile dysfunction Dr. Whiteley encourages you to schedule an appointment to have your case evaluated and arrangements can be made to customize your care for your personal needs.