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Discussions On Men's Health

Here, we will discuss the most common questions on men's health.

How Common is Erectile Dysfunction?

How common is erectile dysfunction (ED)? That is a question we get asked a lot here at Pacific Sound Medical. ED affects an estimated 30 million men in the United States. Despite being the most commonly treated sexual disorder, many men find that talking about their ED is incredibly difficult. Some people believe it only affects older men and that the treatment is as simple as popping a pill. ED doesn’t have to be a part of getting older. As you age, you may need more stimulation and more time, but older men should still be able to get an erection and enjoy sex. At our office, we work to treat the underlying cause of ED and not mask is with pills or injections.

So, what exactly is ED? There is a broad range in severity of ED. Erectile dysfunction can be a total inability to achieve an erection, an inconsistent ability to achieve an erection, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. According to the results of the Global Better Sex Survey, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, 65% of men are not satisfied with the quality of their erections.

You may be asking yourself: “What underlying conditions do I have that could be causing this?”. ED usually has a physical cause, such as a drug side effect, disease, or injury. Anything that damages the nerves or impairs blood flow in the penis can cause ED. The most common underlying causes of ED are heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), prostate surgery, hormone imbalance, alcohol and drug abuse. In the end, ED is caused by poor blood flow to the penis. Here at Pacific Sound Medical, we do not treat ED with injections or pills. We use the newest innovative treatment, acoustic wave therapy.

Then of course, there are your emotions. It should be no surprise that, if you’re having a relationship problem with your sexual partner, you can suffer from ED. There are several psychological influences that affect performance, such as: anxiety, everyday stress, depression, and relationship problems.

Monitoring erections that occur during sleep can help the diagnosis. Healthy men have involuntary erections during sleep. If nocturnal erections do not occur, then ED is likely to have a physical rather than psychological cause. If you’re suffering from ED, you should see our doctor for a discussion and physical exam.