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Erectile Dysfunction

Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding ED

Erectile Dysfunction is an issue many men experience. Yet, many men do not seek treatment. At Urology Specialists of Milford, we understand that talking about ED symptoms is personal and can be difficult. Our goal is to understand your medical and sexual history, as well as your concerns and goals to restore your sexual health.

Dr Steinberg is a Men’s Sexual Health expert. He is a urologist, certified by the American Board of Urology, trained to evaluate and treat Men’s Health issues. He has more than 30 years of experience evaluating and treating Erectile Dysfunction in men.

While there are many “centers” and “virtual clinics” offering treatment for Erectile Dysfunction, we believe that a personalized approach to ED by a highly trained expert with vast experience makes a huge difference in treatment success. 

How Does an Erection Happen? 

Typically, an erection begins in a man’s brain. Signals of sexual arousal travel from the brain to the lower spinal cord area. Nerves in this area signal nerves in the pelvis, which open arteries to allow blood flow into the penis, causing it to swell and become firm. In order for an erection to occur, blood vessels, nerves and hormones must all work together properly.

What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) or “ED” is a medical term describing the inability to get and mantain an erection firm enough for sex. This condition is one of the most common sexual problems for men. Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. Problems getting or keeping an erection also can be a sign of an underlying health condition that may need treatment, and a risk factor for heart disease down the road. Dr. Steinberg is an expert in the confidential evaluation and treatment of ED.

What Are the Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?  

The symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction include problems associated with male sexual performance, including:

  • Inability to get an erection
  • Inability to maintain or keep an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire, Low Libido

Is Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Common?

Yes, Erectile Dysfunction is very common. It is estimated that approximately 50% of men between 40 and 70 years old will experience some degree of erectile dysfunction.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

There are many conditions that can cause ED. The physical cause of ED is limited blood flow to the penis (which prevents it from hardening), an inability to retain blood, or nerve damage. Psychological causes such as stress and anxiety can also play a role in ED. Erectile Dysfunction can also be linked to medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, as well as the result of certain medications. Additional risk factors for developing ED include aging , obesity, and Testosterone Deficiency/Low T.

Do Patients Need to Visit a Specialist to Treat Erectile Dysfunction?

Men should visit a board-certified urologist who specializes in Men’s Sexual Health for an evaluation and treatment of Erectile Dysfunction. While oral medication may often be an initial treatment for ED, it’s important to find the root cause of erectile dysfunction. This is because many times ED can be an indicator of other health issues that may need attention.

How is Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Diagnosed?  

Diagnosing the cause of Erectile Dysfunction is the first step to developing a successful treatment plan and can often be done in one or two office visits. Although discussing ED can be difficult and feel embarrassing, Dr. Steinberg has the professionalism and experience to understand the medical, physical and psychological effects of Erectile Dysfunction, and how to help. Dr. Steinberg works with patients to devise a comprehensive plan of care that is personalized to each patient’s individual needs and condition. In addition to asking a series of detailed questions about a patient’s sexual health, activity, and erectile function, Dr. Steinberg will also perform a physical exam. He may also order blood work and to rule out any chronic health conditions such as diabetes, low thyroid hormone level, as well as possible testosterone deficiency.

Can Exercise Help Erectile Dysfunction?

Regular aerobic exercise can also help improve ED symptoms.  A recent study in the Journal of Sexual Health found that men who regularly exercise for 30 – 60 minutes three to five times a week saw more improvement in their ED symptoms than men who did not exercise.

Is Erectile Dysfunction Permanent?

ED is usually treatable usually with medication and only rarely requires surgery. Treating the underlying causes and making lifestyle changes can also help reverse symptoms without the need for medication. Psychological and emotional causes of ED are treatable with counseling or psychological therapy.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction, contact Dr. Steinberg at Urology Specialists of Milford at (508) 473-6333 to schedule an evaluation in his Milford office.

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