Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not uncommon. Many experience ED during times of stress, but erectile dysfunction that has become frequent can be due to underlying health issues that need to be addressed.

Risk factors for ED include smoking, increased age, certain prescription medications (i.e. those used to treat high blood pressure and depression), stress, drug use, alcohol, damage to the pelvic region, and sleep problems.

Erectile dysfunction can also be caused by a host of health concerns, including, but not limited to, heart disease, atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and hormone abnormalities.

In the case of erectile dysfunction caused by hormone abnormalities, there have been recent developments in research. More specifically, the study and use of hormones have long been the domains of endocrinology, which is primarily focused on the pathologic phenomena encountered in the human body as they relate to hormones. No specific field in medicine has been designated to study and analyze the effects of hormones on wellness and disease prevention. Androgen deficiency includes but is not limited to symptoms of decreased body hair, reduction in muscle mass and strength, increase in fat mass, decreased hematocrit, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, infertility, osteoporosis, depression, and mood changes. Androgen deficiency may occur secondary to testicular or pelvic trauma or surgical removal, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, or with normal aging. Studies show that optimum levels of testosterone can not only restore energy, drive, and sexual health but also extend life.

The process of testing for ED can involve a variety of steps, including a physical examination and a consideration of the patient’s health and sexual history. Additional tests can be performed in order to determine the root cause. Oftentimes, erectile dysfunction is not the issue, but just a symptom of an underlying cause.

At Holtorf Medical Group we have the most highly trained physicians in this field and are the doctors that other doctors turn to for treatment, training, and help with their most difficult patients. Your health is your most important asset, why not come to the best?

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