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Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Erectile dysfunction can have a profound effect on a man’s quality of life. It can drain his self-confidence and also affect his mental health, causing stress or even depression. What’s important to know about this condition is that it’s very common (affecting nearly 30 million men) and, with a visit to an Ogden Clinic urologist, erectile dysfunction is treatable.

Erectile dysfunction (or ED) is typically associated with the aging process but it can also be consequence of illness or of certain medical treatments. What’s happening internally is a disruption in the sequence of events that lead to an erection, which can be low blood flow in the erectile tissue or may even come from impaired nerve impulses from the brain to the penis.

What to Expect from a Diagnostic Visit

Your general health and lifestyle will be evaluated during your first visit with an Ogden Clinic urologist. You may be asked about existing health problems or medications you take, if you have other urinary symptoms, and if you are a smoker or a drinker (which can influence ED). Your urologist may also explore your emotional health.

This visit also includes a physical exam that checks for overall health and the health of your blood pressure, penis, and testicles. Lab tests may be ordered for blood or urine samples and your Ogden Clinic urologist may also use imaging tests to evaluate blood flow, scars on erectile tissue, vein leaks, or clogged arteries.

Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Ogden Clinic urologists frequently prescribe medication such as Viagra®, Levitra®, and Cialis® which are taken orally to help achieve an erection. Testosterone replacement therapy is another medication option for those with low testosterone (indicated with a blood test).

If the stage of your ED is not improved with medication, your doctor will discuss more aggressive treatment options. Some treatment options available in our Ogden and Bountiful urology offices include:

  • Intra-urethral therapy: Grain-size pellets of medication are inserted into the urethra through the tip of the penis to enable an erection.
  • Self-injection therapy: Medication injected into the penis to increase blood flow.
  • Penile prosthesis: Surgery performed by an Ogden Clinic urologist wherein a bendable or inflatable device is implanted inside the penis to create an erection.

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