What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction, also known as impotence or ED, commonly impacts men of all ages; however, it is most common in men aged 40 and up. ED is a men’s sexual health condition where a man is unable to experience an erection or sustain one. While not considered dangerous, the factors causing it could be, which is why it’s important to seek advice from a medical professional. The more concerning causes of ED include heart conditions, prostate cancer, systematic vascular disease, depression, kidney failure, and others. ED can also lead to mental health issues like low self-esteem, decreased confidence, irritation, and depression.
Who does ED impact?
ED most commonly affects men 40-years-old and older, but it does impact numerous young men as well. It’s a common issue that usually happens at least once in every man’s life. The issue can occur due to several different factors dealing with male arousal. To become aroused, a man’s internal systems must be functioning properly and working together with external stimulants. With so many factors playing a potential role in ED, the issue can happen somewhat sporadically based on each specific setting and situation. When ED starts occurring regularly, men should seek medical advice.
What to expect at your first visit?
Change. Many men experience results at their first visit to Columbus Men’s Clinic. We provide several treatments for ED that have proven effective for most of our patients. It all starts with you seeking treatment. Once you make that initial contact, you’ll set yourself on a path to treating ED and give yourself the chance to completely revive your sex life and maybe even get to a place of sexual health that you’ve never experienced before. It’s worth it; contact us today. Our team of medical professionals are specialists in men’s sexual health. They know how to diagnose ED and how to pair men with treatments that could change their lives. We know the impact of ED on physical, mental, and overall health, and we don’t want you to have to suffer with it anymore.
What are the Signs and Symptoms?
When suffering with ED, a man will usually experience:
- Difficulty reaching an erection
- Difficulty keeping an erection
- Decreased or zero sexual desire
ED can be caused by several different factors and expresses itself through numerous different symptoms. Some of these causes and symptoms are serious medical concerns while others are less concerning. Causes can range from too much alcohol one evening to heart disease, so it is important to consult with a medical professional who specializes in men’s sexual health if you are experiencing ED-like signs and symptoms.
What Treatments are Available and What are the Potential Side Effects?
While many factors can play a role in ED, there are also several treatment options to address those various factors, whether the source issue is physical or psychological. Some treatments are less invasive, more simplistic, and others require some surgical intervention. Depending on your condition, a men’s sexual health specialist will help you identify what treatment options could provide the greatest impact for you. At Columbus Men’s Clinic, we work hard to find and offer treatments that can completely revitalize a man’s sex life. The following are some of the treatments we recommend:
- Oral Medications: Work to increase penile blood flow to enable the penis to become hard and reach erection. Helps to cause an erection when a man is sexually aroused. Examples include Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and Avanafil. – Potential Side Effects
- Intraurethral Pellets: A man will inject a small pellet filled with medication into the tip of his penis using an applicator when he wants to have an erection. The medication helps to relax the blood vessels in the penis to allow greater blood flow into the penis, which is essential for an erection. MUSE is an example provider; we refer to an outside vendor for this treatment. – Potential Side Effects
- Injection Therapy: For this treatment, the patient will inject a relaxation agent into the penis using a small needle. The relaxant allows greater blood flow to the penis by relaxing the muscle tissues in the penis. This helps to create an erection. Example relaxants include: Phentolamine, Caverject, Papaverine, Alprostadiol, and Tri-Mix. – Potential Side Effects
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT): Utilizes high-frequency sound-waves to increase blood circulation to the penis. Helps to breakdown plaque in penile arteries that block blood flow. – Potential Side Effects
- Vacuum Therapy: A cylindrical, suction device is placed on the penis; it creates a vacuum by withdrawing air, which stimulates more blood flow into the penis. Once the penis is erect, the man must place a rubber ring at the penis’s base to keep the blood in the penis maintaining the erection. – Potential Side Effects
- Penile Implants: Through a surgical process, balloons are implanted into the penis along with a pump (scrotum) and reservoir (near bladder). The balloons are inflated by the pump as the reservoir’s fluids are funneled into the balloons. This helps to cause an erection. We refer to an outside vendor for this treatment. – Potential Side Effects
To find out more about each treatment, click on them to read a description. Also, please note that multiple of the above ED treatments have potential side effects. You can read those with the description. Remember, each patient’s individual results to the various treatments prescribed may vary.
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What is Low Testosterone?
Low-T is a fairly common men’s sexual health issue where a man will begin to have various negative symptoms, from decreased energy to erectile dysfunction, because his hormone levels are not correct. Men need testosterone for their bodies to function properly. Low Testosterone can occur as a side effect of other treatments or health problems. Some of the causes and symptoms of Low-T can be more serious health conditions for which men should seek professional, medical help.
Unless a man is suffering from a medical condition that’s hindering his body’s natural hormone production, then he should be producing testosterone naturally. Now, the amount of testosterone being produced will differ depending on several factors from age to various medical conditions. And, if a man’s body doesn’t produce the right amount of testosterone for him, he won’t be able to perform sexually, build muscle, increase strength, or experience overall health. But, with the help of a medical professional, a standard blood test, and a symptoms discussion, a man can usually receive an accurate diagnosis and some treatment options to get his sex life and overall health back on track.
Why Should Men Seek Treatment for Low-T?
Testosterone levels dictate a lot about a man’s overall wellbeing. Living with the symptoms of Low-T can end up destroying a man’s life. Here are some of the symptoms:
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Weight gain
- Loss of sex drive
- Muscle Loss
- Hair Loss
- Increased irritability
- Decreased energy
- Memory loss
- Sleep apnea
Work with our team of licensed, men’s sexual health professionals and find out what your treatment options are. Our team of medical providers have helped lots of men overcome Low-T and recapture healthy living and an active, fun sex life.
What are the Causes of Low-T?
Most of the time Low-T is caused by aging because a male’s body naturally produces less testosterone as he gets older. The aging process that leads to lower levels of testosterone does not immediately constitute a Low-T problem. However, in a lot of cases, this process will leave a man with several Low-T symptoms. The good news is, you don’t have to just accept Low-T and live with it! There are treatments available that have helped many men get their testosterone levels back on track. Seek treatment; you could take back your energy, sex-drive, muscle-potential, and overall wellbeing.
How is Low-T Diagnosed?
A medical professional who specializes in men’s sexual health will take a standard blood test to determine a man’s testosterone level. This number combined with the symptoms that a man is experiencing helps the medical professional to determine what treatment options could work for that individual.
How can Low-T Be Treated?
Hormone therapy and hormone replacement are a couple treatment options for men to get their testosterone levels back to “normal.” At the Columbus Men’s Clinic, we have a team of men’s sexual health specialists who are experienced in helping men determine if they have a Low-T problem and what their options are for addressing the condition.
What are the potential side effects of Low-T treatment?
Because there are potential side effects to Low-T treatments, we, at the Columbus Men’s Clinic, administer regular blood tests for men using hormone or replacement therapy. We are careful to monitor these men to help detect any potential side effects early, so that we can make changes immediately. We care about our patients’ health and well-being; that’s our first priority.
Testosterone replacement: Worsening of prostate issues (BPH and prostate cancer) including increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Changes in red blood cell level, cholesterol or lipid levels, hormone levels, and PSA level. It can also cause permanent hair growth on face, chest, buttocks, or other areas of the body; head hair loss; mood or psychological changes such as increase anger or aggressive behavior; breast growth similar in appearance to that found in women; testicular shrinkage or atrophy; decreased sperm count leading to infertility; acne. It may worsen sleep apnea; cause tissue edema. It may cause the development or increase the risk of heart attack, strokes, blood clots, high blood pressure, other cardiovascular problems, and death in people with or without cardiovascular or heart disease.
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What is Premature Ejaculation?
Premature Ejaculation occurs when a man is unable to delay ejaculation in intercourse. Oftentimes, a man dealing with PE will ejaculate before he and/or his partner have experienced much or any sexual stimulation. This condition can lead to several negative side effects like depression, stress, and relational tension when it becomes a recurring issue. Most men will experience an instance or two of PE during their life, which isn’t normally concerning. When PE begins to happen repetitively, that’s when a man should seek medical help.
What are the Causes of Premature Ejaculation?
Both psychological and biological factors can cause PE. High levels of stress or anxiety, certain injuries, and hormonal issues can all play a role in or directly cause Premature Ejaculation. Certain medications can also cause PE.
- A new partner
- Sexual abuse
- Early sexual encounters
- Relationship issues
- Specific sexual situations
- Hormonal imbalances
- Brain chemical imbalances
- Prostate issues
- Erectile Dysfunction
- An injury
- Medication side effects
How is Premature Ejaculation diagnosed?
Premature Ejaculation is diagnosed by a medical professional using lab tests and a symptoms assessment. It’s very important in the diagnosis process to be completely honest with your medical provider, so that they can help identify the right treatment for you. Because there are so many different potential causes for PE, medical professionals have to get a thorough understanding of each individual’s situation to give a proper diagnosis and to determine the best treatment options for that person.
What are the Treatments for Premature Ejaculation?
There are several different treatments for PE to address the several different potential causes. If a psychological issue is causing the PE, like stress or relationship problems, then the treatment may include counseling or exercises to relieve stress. If the issue source is biological, then condom use, medication, or sprays and gels may be better treatment options. At Columbus Men’s Clinic, our team of medical professionals are experts in men’s sexual health. They know how to identify root causes for PE, along with effective treatments. Connect with one of our medical professionals today and start working toward getting your sex life back.
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