The Elephant in the Bedroom: Performance Anxiety & Psychological Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a form of sexual dysfunction affecting 40% of men by age 40 and 70% of men by age 70. It is characterized by the inability to achieve or maintain an erection during sexual activity, and can be a source of embarrassment and emasculation for many men. The condition can lead to psychological factors affecting sex drive and increasing anxiety about sexual performance. Unfortunately, many men fail to seek medical treatment due to the stigma associated with the condition even though ED is very treatable under the guidance of an erectile dysfunction specialist.
While popular ways to treat erectile dysfunction (notably oral medications such as Viagra® and Cialis®) focus on providing you short-term, fast-acting results, an ED treatment center can also provide guidance on lifestyle modifications as well as treatment using alternative options such as shock wave therapy and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) which can help you sustain long-term results.
It is important to discuss your condition with your erectile dysfunction doctor openly and honestly to ensure a treatment course that works for you can be taken. To schedule a consultation with a healthcare provider that specializes in erectile dysfunction treatment, CLICK HERE to for more information or call us at (616) 426-2807!
What Type of Doctors Treat ED?
Treating erectile dysfunction effectively can involve many facets as it is not merely a physical condition but also one that affects the psyche. As such, it is important to immediately discuss issues affecting your erectile health with your healthcare provider who may refer you to the appropriate specialists to ensure your condition is best accounted for. While erectile dysfunction naturally causes men a sense of embarrassment and emasculation, it is important to speak openly and honestly with your healthcare provider to ensure your erectile health does not worsen and is taken fully into account. Your healthcare provider can help find an ED doctor in your area that is qualified to address your unique erectile health concerns.
What type of doctors treat ED? There are a number of medical specialists who are trained to treat erectile problems. Issues about your sexual health can be discussed with a variety of healthcare professionals including:
- Integrative healthcare specialist
- Anti-aging specialist
- Naturopathic doctor (ND)
- Family physician
- Sexual medicine specialist
What Your ED Doctor Might Ask You
To determine the precise cause of your erectile dysfunction, your healthcare provider will ask questions about your medical and sexual history. You should answer these questions as open and honestly as possible to ensure your treatment is optimized to your needs. You should be prepared to answer questions relating to:
- Length, severity and other details relating to your sexual dysfunction symptoms
- Preexisting health conditions and other questions relating to your medical and family history
- Current emotional state including stress and anxiety levels
- Current medications and dietary supplements
- Lifestyle habits including diet and physical activity
What to Ask Your ED Doctor
Perhaps more importantly, it is important to visit your ED specialist prepared with questions about your ED and treatment. These might include:
- What do you think is triggering my erection problems?
- What diagnostic tests do I need?
- Do you think my ED is temporary or permanent?
- What treatment options are available for me and which do you recommend for my ED? How will these treatments affect my current health conditions?
- Is lifestyle modification enough for my ED?
- Are there any alternative ED treatments to avoid surgery or pill dependency?
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Your ED doctor can recommend a treatment plan that will work for your unique situation. This could include medications, lifestyle modifications as well as alternative options such as shock wave therapy.
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