Once referred to as “impotence,” erectile dysfunction (ED) is the physical inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for your sexual needs or the needs of your partner. Most men experience ED periodically by age 40 and it causes little impact. Some men, however, experience chronic, complete erectile dysfunction and, others experience only partial or brief erections. Frequent erectile dysfunction can cause emotional and relationship problems, and often leads to diminished self-esteem.
An erection depends upon many physical reactions that take place during sexual stimulation, including adequate blood supply and healthy nerve tissue in the penis. Issues that can interfere with the physical aspect of an erection include:
Medication side effects
Peyronie’s disease is a disorder in which scar tissue forms and builds up over time into a “plaque” in the inner membrane of the penis, which causes the penis to curve. A significant curvature can make it difficult or even impossible to have sexual intercourse due to extreme pain.
Physicians are not always sure what causes the penile scarring leading to Peyronie’s disease. It may be related to:
A significant injury to the penis during an accident, athletic activity, or sex
An autoimmune disease causing your body’s immune system to attack your own cells and organs
Urologists are trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the male reproductive system, including the penis, prostate gland, and testicles. The highly-skilled experts at Urology & Oncology Specialists PC are dedicated to offering their patients the best treatment methods available for overcoming men’s urological and reproductive health issues.
This may include advanced technology that provides a minimally-invasive answer to prostate enlargement issues, or a medication that may decrease or eliminate the curvature caused by Peyronie’s disease.
XIAFLEX®, for instance, is a prescription medication that is injected into the penile plaque formed by scar tissue. This medication works to weaken and break down the plaque. When used with gentle stretching and straightening activities, it can help straighten the curvature caused by Peyronie's disease.
The physicians at Urology & Oncology Specialists PC can help the vast majority of men having problems with erections. The truth is that once underlying medical conditions and psychological factors are addressed, most men with erection problems don’t have to live with them.