Men's Health
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The root of erectile dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) affects a whopping 30 million men.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy for males deficient in testosterone (hypogonadism) may play a large role in the treatment of ED alone or in combination with other therapies.

Studies suggest that low testosterone levels may play a significant role in the pathophysiology of ED. A number of studies have shown that the combination of testosterone therapy and PDE inhibitors has been beneficial for males suffering from ED.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) affects a whopping 30 million men. ED occurs when a man cannot attain or sustain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse on several occasions. The reported prevalence of ED in age groups is as follows: 40% of men are affected at age 40 and 70 % at age 70.  ED is a complex disorder which may be both physical and psychological in nature. Some non-organic causes include prescription medications, alcohol, smoking and recreational drug use. This affliction can have devastating effects on the male psyche. The notable ramifications include low self esteem, stress and relationship issues. Historically, men have been hesitant in seeking treatment due to shame and embarrassment.

When ED becomes routine and troublesome, it is time to seek treatment from a Doctor who will treat the root cause. Male sexual arousal is a complex process involving the brain, blood vessels, muscles, nerves and hormones. Pharmacological management typically centers around treating the blood flow to the penis. Treatment aims should be centered on improving quality of life. There is a class of drugs available to men known as Phosphodiesterase (PDE) Inhibitors. These medications increase blood flow to the penis during sexual stimulation. Examples include sildenafil and tadalafil. While these drugs do work, they do not address the root of the problem.

If you are suffering from ED, talk to us about how it can be addressed through our testosterone replacement therapy program. 

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