Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that enables you to accomplish sexual intercourse. It’s considered normal to have periodic, temporary problems achieving and maintaining an erection due to fatigue, stress, or other issues that can affect your sexual desire. However, ongoing problems with ED can greatly affect your relationships and impair your self-confidence.
ED symptoms may include one or more of the following:
ED may be due to a variety of issues. It can arise from medical problems affecting the health of your nervous system, muscles, or blood vessels. Stress may also play a role. Mental health concerns are rarely the trigger for ED, but ongoing problems can decrease your self-confidence and increase your anxiety about achieving an erection, which can certainly worsen your symptoms.
Common causes of ED include:
Lifestyle factors such as obesity due to poor nutrition, smoking, and excessive alcohol use or abuse can also cause ED. Certain prescription medications also have side effects that may lead to ED. You may also struggle with ED if you have:
Effective treatment for ED sometimes requires treating the underlying condition, such as high blood pressure or sleep apnea, and that may resolve the issue. Depending on the cause of your ED, other treatments Dr. Coutinho may recommend include:
Regardless of the cause of your ED, Dr. Coutinho works closely with you to develop a treatment that’s effective and fits your lifestyle. Call today for an appointment regarding your ED or use our convenient online scheduling service to book your visit.
Dr. Karl Coutinho is considered an in-network provider with the following insurance plans. This is not a complete list, if you do not see your plan listed please contact our office to verify your benefits.