Episode summary introduction:
Although less taboo as the years go by … erectile dysfunction is one of the most searched topics on the internet by men. We’ve all seen the commercials… Man pops a little blue pill and he’s ready to go. But are men so embarrassed to talk about it?
It’s the most common sex issue men address with doctors. ED, also referred to as “impotence,” is a problem getting or keeping an erection firm enough for satisfactory sexual performance. Erections are caused by the blood flow into and out of the penis. Conditions that change the balance of the penis’ blood flow are common causes of ED.
Two of the most common causes of ED are;
atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
There are other causes of ED, such as … obesity/lack of exercise, HTN or high cholesterol, smoking/alcohol consumption, age and medications. As they affect changes in blood vessels and blood flow.
There are so many treatment options now available for ED.
Penile Injections ( 3 most common)
Vacuum Erection Devices
Penile vascular Surgery
Talking about ED can be embarrassing for men. We thought we would finish the episode with a couple of icebreaker sentences that men could use. To start off with a more laid back approach you could ask questions like:
Is it true that my health may affect my sexual performance?
I’d like to ask you about treatments to improve my sex life. What are the causes of ED?
If you would like a more direct approach, you can ask questions like:
My sex life isn’t all that it could be. What can I do? Why am I having difficulty getting an erection? Are there new ED treatment options for erectile dysfunction that I can try?
If you feel like your primary care doctor or APP is not comfortable with discussing options for ED, a referral to a urologist can be requested.