Erectile dysfunction is sometimes a sign of a more serious health condition. Arteriosclerosis and heart disease that has not been diagnosed or treated may cause interruptions in sexual function. Disruptions in metabolic function, diabetes, and high blood pressure may also pose problems that eventually can cause a man not to be able to become aroused or maintain an erection for any length of time. Excessive consumption of both alcohol and certain types of medication have also been reported as causes of erectile dysfunction.
Impotence is another medical term for erectile dysfunction. In basic terms, it is the inability to become fully aroused and sustain an erection to satisfactorily perform sexual intercourse. In some cases, a man may be able to become aroused but not complete the sexual act. Premature ejaculation is often associated with erectile dysfunction. Impotence has many different causes and, in some cases, may resolve on its own. Obesity, diabetes, and hormonal imbalances are common causes of impotence and will occur at some point in almost every man's lifetime.
Erectile Dysfunction is often treated through the use of medications such as Viagra, and may also respond to forms of cognitive behavioral therapy. Vacuum style pumps that draw blood into the penis will also work on a short-term basis. Many doctors choose, instead, to treat the possible underlying cause of the condition. By addressing heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and various types of hormonal and metabolic imbalances, doctors have found that the condition may correct itself over time. If you are having problems with erectile dysfunction, make an appointment with Dr. Alfred Shtainer to learn about your treatment options. He will ask you questions about your health history to determine what treatment is best for you.
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