Erectile dysfunction is also referred to as male impotence. When a man isn't able to achieve and maintain an erection for sexual relations with his partner, it's typically diagnosed as erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is often a side effect of another condition.
Many men suffer from erectile dysfunction today, with more than half of men in the 40-70 age group dealing with it at some point. Younger men can also suffer from erectile dysfunction, although it's much less common in men in their 20s and younger.
The reason for erectile dysfunction varies. A number of diseases and medical problems can cause erectile dysfunction, including:
Men who have undergone surgery in the pelvic area, such as prostate surgery, may also be more likely to develop erectile dysfunction. In order for the cause of the erectile dysfunction to be discovered, a full medical history is needed. Patients are encouraged to be completely honest about their past and present lifestyle and health to help isolate the cause of the problem.
Treatment for erectile dysfunction begins with uncovering the cause of the issue. In most cases, Dr. David Shusterman at New York Medicine Doctors can work with the patient to discover the root cause of the erectile dysfunction so that a customized treatment can be designed. For cases where controllable health conditions are the root cause of the erectile dysfunction, the focus may initially be on lifestyle changes. For example, if a patient has high cholesterol and high blood pressure, they can change their eating and exercise habits to get those things under control.
Once those things have been resolved, the erectile dysfunction will often improve dramatically. In some cases, medication can be extremely helpful in dealing with erectile dysfunction. Dr. Shusterman will work with each patient to help them find the most effective solution for their erectile dysfunction.
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