Erectile Dysfunction

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is an inability to get or keep an erection that is firm enough for sex. In some cases, this issue can come and go, but if it becomes an ongoing occurrence, you should seek professional medical help. It may feel embarrassing to bring up, but certain medications and direct treatments can correct this problem.

What are the causes?

Sexual arousal involves a complex system of brain activity, hormones, nerves, muscles, blood vessels and emotions. If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, the problem might be stemming from one of those factors. Mental health concerns and stress can also add to and worsen the issue. A majority of cases are caused by a physical factor, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Obseity
  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis (clogged blood vessels)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alcoholism and substance abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Sleep disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Prescription medication
  • Surgery or an injury of the spinal cord or pelvic area

Psychological factors can also contribute to erectile and sexual dysfunction. These can include stress, stress that causes other relationship issues, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions.

What are the symptoms?

  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Difficulty keeping an erection
  • A lack of sexual desire

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you are experiencing other sexual problems, we recommend that you seek professional medical help.

Diagnosis and treatment for erectile dysfunction in Torrance, California

As an experienced urologist, Dr. Shelby Morrisroe can properly diagnosis this issue and discuss the proper treatment plan with you. Diagnosing erectile dysfunction is fairly straightforward, but depending on your health history, Dr. Morrisroe may test for underlying conditions using a blood test, urine test or a psychological exam. Oral medication has become a very popular treatment for this issue, and Dr. Morrisroe can discuss all of the available options. Alternative treatments might also be recommended. To schedule your appointment at our office in Torrance, give us a call or fill out our online scheduling form.


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