Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

Bluewater Urology Associates

Urologists located in Orange Park, FL

Erectile dysfunction is a topic that can be difficult to discuss, but treatments are available. Mary Ann Kenneson, MD, and her team at Bluewater Urology Associates in Orange Park, Florida, understand the sensitivity around this topic and provide discreet and innovative solutions to restore your vitality. If you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, call Bluewater Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online to learn more about your treatment options.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

Bluewater Urology Associates

What is erectile dysfunction?

Also known as ED or impotence, erectile dysfunction is a condition that makes it difficult to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual activity. Symptoms of erectile dysfunction can also include a low or nonexistent sex drive.

Experiencing occasional symptoms of erectile dysfunction is normal, but chronic dysfunction can impact your relationship with your significant other, hurt your self-confidence, and lead to stress. Persistent ED can also be an indication of other health conditions like heart disease.

Your chances of experiencing ED symptoms increase after age 50. While one in 10 American men experience erectile dysfunction in their life, it affects 35% of men over age 60. ED shouldn’t be seen as a normal part of aging; it can indicate a serious health problem.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Male arousal relies on a complex system of nerves, blood vessels, hormones, muscles, the brain, and emotions. When there are issues related to any of these areas, it can lead to ED.

Several physical factors can cause erectile dysfunction, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity and sedentary lifestyle
  • High blood sugar (diabetes)
  • Low testosterone (“low T”)
  • Penile conditions like Peyronie’s disease
  • Some medications
  • Tobacco, drugs, and alcohol

Stress and mental health issues can also contribute to erectile dysfunction.

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

When it comes to effectively treating erectile dysfunction, it’s important to identify the cause.

Dr. Kenneson and her team use the most modern and innovative diagnostic tools available at Bluewater Urology Associates to reach a diagnosis. This includes a physical examination, blood work, and cardiac EKGs to evaluate your general health and look for underlying conditions.

Based on your diagnosis, your doctor might recommend several treatments, including:

  • Oral medications like Viagra®, Cialis®, or Levitra®
  • Testosterone treatments or hormone therapy
  • Medication injected directly into the penis
  • Vacuum erection devices
  • Surgical treatments, including implants

In addition to medical treatment, your doctor might also recommend lifestyle modifications to reduce your erectile dysfunction symptoms. This includes relieving stress, depression, or anxiety and eliminating unhealthy habits like smoking, using drugs and alcohol, and poor diet.

To learn more about erectile dysfunction treatments, call Bluewater Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online.