Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to keep an erection long enough to engage in sexual intercourse. Recent studies have shown more than half of all American men experience erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. Low testosterone (Low T) and erectile dysfunction can often go hand in hand. Men with erectile dysfunction experience a decrease in quality of life due to the frustrating, and sometimes embarrassing encounters that go along with not being able to keep a firm erection. If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, it could be due to Low T, and you should have your blood tested by a medical expert.
What causes ED?
Treatment for erectile dysfunction varies based on the root cause. One of the most important organic causes of impotence is low testosterone. Low T levels are linked to a number of the same chronic conditions that play a role in erectile dysfunction such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Some other known causes for ED include:
- High blood sugar (diabetes)
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Lack of physical exercise
- High Cholesterol
How is ED diagnosed?
There’s a multitude of tests that are done to diagnose erectile dysfunction. For instance, Atlanta Men’s Clinic may order blood tests to help determine the next steps in treatment.
What are some treatment options for ED?
Treating low testosterone can improve a man’s sex life by restoring his libido and helping elevate his mood, thereby renewing his interest in sexual activity. For men with Low Testosterone, TRT may also protect against some of the risk factors for ED by reducing belly fat, increasing insulin sensitivity, and also lowering the risk for diabetes.
Am I a candidate for the available ED treatment options?
Are you satisfied with your sex life? If you are concerned about your sexual health and performance, it’s a good idea to book an appointment with our medical staff. They can help determine what you can do if you’re showing signs of erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, premature ejaculation, or other general sexual dysfunctions.
What are the side effects of ED treatments?
Different treatments can have different side effects. Some of the side effects of Low T treatments can be as follows.
- Increased appetite
- Mood alterations
- Oily skin and acne
- Minor fluid retention
- Increased urination symptoms such as a decreased stream or frequency
- Increased risk of developing prostate abnormalities
How much treatment will it take to address my ED problem?
This is another common question for patients who are undergoing treatments for their erectile dysfunction, especially since many are expecting rapid results. Some men have noticed the difference right away, while others take a bit longer to see any changes. However, most men see some relief after a few weeks of Low T treatments and then continued symptom reduction over the next two to three months.