What is Erectile Dysfunction?
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 Erectile Dysfunction (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 is the latest treatment for erectile dysfunction?
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
We offer the latest in modern, breakthrough treatment options for erectile dysfunction. Treating symptoms of low testosterone can often improve function, restore libido and elevate mood. For men with low t, testosterone replacement 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.
In recent years, injectable peptides have emerged as an increasingly popular treatment option for erectile dysfunction. Two of the most widely used peptides for this purpose are PT-141 and BPC-157. Peptides work by stimulating your bodies natural growth hormone levels to help with symptoms of sexual dysfunction. Both offer safe and effective alternatives to traditional ED treatments.
Intracavernosal injections, also known as Trimix injections are another popular treatment option for erectile dysfunction. Trimix is a medication that consists of a mixture of three FDA-approved drugs: papaverine, phentolamine, and prostaglandin E1. These ingredients work together to improve blood flow to the penis, resulting in improved erectile function. Trimix has a success rate of approximately 80%, making it an effective treatment option for many men.
The P-Shot®, also known as the Priapus Shot, is a relatively new, non-surgical treatment for men who have not had success with other ED treatments.. The P-Shot involves injecting PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, into the penis. PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood and contains a high concentration of growth factors that can promote healing and tissue regeneration. Injecting PRP into the penis has been shown to improve blood flow and promote the growth of new blood vessels. This can result in firmer, longer-lasting erections. Additionally, the PRP can help to break down scar tissue and improve nerve function. So far, the P-Shot has been shown to be effective in improving erections in over 80% of men with ED. In addition, the P-Shot is a simple procedure with very few side effects, minimal to no downtime and can be used safely in men of all ages.
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. We 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 common side effects of ED treatments can be as follows:
- Increased appetite
- Mood alterations
- Minor bruising at injection site
- 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 erectile dysfunction, especially since many are expecting rapid results. However, your individual results involve many factors such as medical history, lifestyle, and type of ED treatment being administered. Some men have noticed the difference right away, while others take a bit longer to see any changes. Though most men see some relief after a few weeks of treatments and then continued symptom reduction over the next two to three months.