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Discussing Erectile Dysfunction can lead to the Answers You Need

Erectile dysfunction is a very delicate subject for any man. The mere thought of struggling to get or keep an erection can cause bouts of worry and anxiety. Men in the area of Chattanooga, TN can feel comfortable broaching the topic of Erectile Dysfunction, or ED, with Dr. Shrid. His extensive knowledge and caring attitude create positive collaboration through which solutions to the existing problem can be found.

In order to know how to treat ED, we must determine its cause. The condition may originate from a number of underlying issues. Many people may assume that hormones are behind weak or nonexistent erections, but this is not always the case. In order to understand, it may help to first talk about anatomy.

Erectile DysfunctionFor an erection to occur, there must first be stimulation in the brain. The sexual urge will prompt blood to flow into the relaxed muscles of the penis. As enlargement occurs, the veins close up so blood does not escape. It is the presence of blood that keeps an erection hard. Because several vessels and nerves and neurotransmitters are involved, there are numerous areas where miscommunication may occur.

Some of the conditions that may trigger Erectile Dysfunction include:

  • Peyronie’s disease, in which plaque has developed in the penis. This plaque is like scar tissue.
  • Prostate cancer treatments such as prostate surgery or radiation
  • Hormone treatments
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Clogged arteries
  • Diabetes or uncontrolled blood sugar
  • Kidney disease
  • Injury to the pelvis, penis, or spine

In addition to medical conditions, ED may also stem from excessive stress or depression, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, and the use of illegal drugs. Obesity is also a cause of erectile dysfunction. Sexual performance is undeniably an important male characteristic. Often, physical and emotional concerns combine to cause or worsen ED.

Getting the Help you need

Dr. Shrid performs a thorough examination and medical history in order to identify the potential cause or triggers for Erectile Dysfunction. In addition to discussing emotional health and medical history, diagnostics such as blood work and a night time erection test may be performed. The data collected will be used to formulate a treatment plan to achieve the desired outcome. This may involve lifestyle changes and / or medications. In some cases, surgery may be discussed.

Don’t suffer the effects of erectile dysfunction. See your Chattanooga urologist for effective treatment.

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