Lone Star Urology

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction services offered in Austin, TX

An inability to achieve and maintain an erection can cause anxiety, put strain on a relationship, and generally lower your quality of life. If you have trouble keeping an erection firm enough for sex, Micaela Aleman, MD, at Lone Star Urology, can treat you at her practice in Austin, Texas. To learn more, book a consultation online or over the phone today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to attain or sustain an erection firm enough for sex. 

Having occasional erection problems is expected. That said, persistent erectile dysfunction can cause stress on you and your relationship. Erectile dysfunction can also be a symptom of other health problems, such as heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

Luckily, many treatment options are available, and most people with ED see symptoms disappear when they find an option that works for them.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Sexual arousal is a complex process involving many different organs and health systems in a man’s body. This means many things can go wrong, so there can be a variety of causes of ED. 

The most common physical causes include:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension or high cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Peyronie’s disease

Several prescription medications can cause erectile dysfunction. Furthermore, using tobacco or abusing alcohol or other substances can lead to ED.

Erectile dysfunction is also commonly caused by psychological factors. Anything from problems in your relationship to depression and anxiety can make sexual activity difficult. Worse still, ED can compound as you place more and more pressure on yourself to perform, creating a vicious cycle that can be difficult to break.

What are treatment options for erectile dysfunction?

First, Dr. Aleman will ensure you are adequately treated for any existing conditions and confirm that your ED is not a sign of something more serious. Once she’s confident you’re otherwise healthy, Dr. Aleman can help you find the best solution.

Many men respond well to popular oral medications, such as sildenafil and tadalafil. These are usually taken before sexual activity and last several hours, but there are a variety of dosages and options. Other treatment options include:

  • Alprostadil self-injection to improve penile blood flow
  • Alprostadil urethral suppository that expands blood vessels to improve blood flow
  • Testosterone hormone replacement to treat low testosterone

Dr. Aleman may suggest other options, such as a penile implant if medications fail to improve erectile dysfunction.

If you have questions about erectile dysfunction, book a consultation online or over the phone at Lone Star Urology today.