Male Sexual Dysfunction or Commonly Known as Erectile Dysfunction!
Male sexual dysfunction has been known as a very common problem among men. It is defined medically as the consistent or recurrent inability to acquire or sustain an erection of sufficient rigidity and duration for sexual intercourse.
Erectile dysfunction is infrequently discussed between men and their doctors because most men are too proud to admit to the fact that they cannot have erections or unable to perform. This can have a detrimental effect on their quality of life and on their marriage.
Normal sexual function in men must originate from a healthy network among blood vessels, nerves, and hormones. In other words, men can only have a successful erection when the nervous system and the blood vessels are healthy and coexist within a normal hormonal milieu. When men become stimulated, there is a release of nitrous oxide, which leads to the relaxation of inner tissues of the penis, leading to increased blood flow and engorgement. Alterations in any of these events lead to erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction is present in 52% in men age 50-70 years of age and its risk factors are many: Advancing age, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Thyroid disease, Obesity, Cigarette smoking, Medications, Prostate surgery, Substance abuse, Psychological conditions including Stress, Anxiety, or Depression.
My message to you as a physician who treats hundreds of patients with this dysfunction is as follows:
Don't be ashamed of this problem as it is common among men.
Don't ignore it as this will only make matters worse.
Take Charge and come see me as treatment options are many.
After taking a thorough medical history and performing an appropriate physical examination, I might order some lab work on you such as fasting glucose level, a lipid panel, thyroid function tests and morning total testosterone. Other extensive hormonal testing might be necessary.
I will collect all the necessary data, sit down with the patient, and formulate the appropriate treatment. As I mentioned above, many recent and new therapeutic approaches to this problem are now available. There is no need to suffer from this problem. Patients need to understand that this issue, when discussed with the treating doctor, will remain confidential between the doctor and the patient.
Dr. Sudha Challa.