Erectile dysfunction seldom comes up in everyday conversation, so most men don't realize that it's a common condition affecting 18% of adults during their lifetime. The board-certified specialists at Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates have extensive experience treating erectile dysfunction and helping men regain a healthy sex life. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Springdale, Rogers, Siloam Springs, or Eureka Springs, Arkansas, or use the online booking feature today.
Erectile dysfunction occurs when you can't have or maintain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. Most men occasionally have trouble with erectile dysfunction, often due to tiredness, stress, or relationship problems. But when erectile dysfunction becomes a regular problem, it often signals an underlying condition.
Taking certain medications, smoking, and drinking too much alcohol can interfere with your ability to have an erection. Many health conditions also cause erectile dysfunction, including:
Of all the underlying conditions, clogged arteries (due to cholesterol plaque) account for many cases of erectile dysfunction. The arteries carrying blood to your penis can develop the same fatty plaque that builds up in your coronary arteries.
Having an erection depends on the blood flowing through the artery and into your penis. You can't have an erection when plaque narrows the artery and restricts the normal blood flow.
The first line of treatment for erectile dysfunction involves dealing with the underlying condition. While Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates can treat some underlying problems, they may need to refer you to a specialist for others. For example, you may need a cardiac specialist to clear away plaque and restore normal circulation.
Your Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates provider offers many treatments that directly target erectile dysfunction and help you have erections, such as:
Medications such as Viagra®, Cialis®, Levitra®, and Stendra® cause an erection after you become sexually aroused.
You can inject medication into your penis or insert a suppository into your urethra. In both cases, the medication causes an erection.
If low testosterone or any other hormone imbalance causes erectile dysfunction, your provider prescribes hormone replacement therapy to restore normal levels.
This device consists of a plastic tube that you place over your penis. Then a pump creates a vacuum that increases blood flow into your penis and causes an erection. You place a ring around the base of your penis to trap the blood and sustain the erection.
Your provider can implant semirigid or inflatable cylinders inside your penis. Then you create an erection by either inflating the implant or bending the semirigid device.
If you need help with erectile dysfunction, don't wait to call Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates or book an appointment online today.