If you have erectile dysfunction, you may hesitate to see a doctor due to embarrassment or because you aren’t in a relationship. However, ED can be a sign of a more serious underlying health condition, and should be checked out to help safeguard your wellbeing.
Urologist Dr. Mark J. Kelly in Santa Monica, California, treats many men with ED and can uncover any underlying medical cause for erectile dysfunction. You don’t have to be embarrassed — after all, more than 30% of men aged 40-70 have erectile dysfunction. You aren’t alone.
What is ED?
Erectile dysfunction is the umbrella term meaning you can’t get or maintain an erection. While many people think ED is all in your head, there are actually many different causes of ED, some physical, some psychological, and some caused by both.
The important thing to do if you have ED is to have yourself checked out by a doctor. A urologist like Dr. Kelly is the logical choice, as he can diagnose many conditions and tell you if your ED is localized to your reproductive organs or if there is cause to be concerned about your general health.
There are five important things to know about ED treatment.
Check for heart disease
If you have ED but not a diagnosis of the cause, you could be putting your life at risk by going straight for oral ED medication if you have an underlying heart condition. Make sure you see Dr. Kelly and get the right diagnosis and rule out heart disease.
Check for diabetes
Many men with erectile dysfunction may have undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes that could be contributing to their condition. Managing your blood sugar levels can help prevent damage to blood vessels that carry blood to your penis.
Check your meds
A lot of medications, particularly antidepressants, can cause temporary ED. This doesn’t mean you should stop taking your medication — it means you should sit down with Dr. Kelly and find ways to mitigate the side effects.
Talk to your partner
If you have a sexual partner, talking openly and honestly about your ED can help remove the stigma or shame you might be feeling. You can find new ways to explore fun in bed while you work out the medical side of things.
Accept that treatment can take time
There is often no quick and easy cure, and a “little blue pill” is not always the answer. Being patient with yourself and the treatment process can relieve pressure to perform and allow you to work through your ED to find a solution.
ED doesn’t have to ruin your sex life. If you’re ready to find the cause of your ED, contact our office at 310-819-4947 or discretely request an appointment using our online booking system.