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Gaia Urology P.C. -  - Urologist

Gaia Urology P.C.

Urologist located in Amesbury, MA & Danvers, MA

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that can be treated through a number of medical techniques. Erectile dysfunction affects about 5% of men over the age of 40. At Gaia Urology P.C., Susan Pursell, MD, works with patients to determine the cause of their erectile dysfunction and finds the right solution for their condition. If you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction, book an appointment with the Gaia Urology team at one of the offices in Amesbury and Danvers, Massachusetts, by phone today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction occurs when you’re unable to keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Occasional erection trouble is normal, but if the problem becomes persistent, you should seek medical care. 

Erectile dysfunction is a complex condition and can be caused by a number of physical and psychological factors. 

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Psychological causes

The brain is essential to arousal and triggering an erection. Psychological factors like stress, depression, and relationship problems can result in erectile dysfunction. Other mental health conditions can also impact erectile function. 

Physical causes

Blood flow is essential to maintaining an erection. Physical concerns that impair blood flow can also cause erectile dysfunction. Physical causes include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Injuries
  • Nerve disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Surgery of the pelvic area or spinal cord
  • Radiation treatments
  • Prostate surgery

There is a wide range of potential causes of erectile dysfunction. Treatment depends on the cause of your condition. Your Gaia Urology doctor provides patients with accurate diagnoses and effective erectile dysfunction treatment. 

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

A number of treatment methods can be used depending on the specifics of your condition. Before you begin treatment, your provider performs a number of tests including a physical exam, urinalysis, and ultrasound to determine the cause of your condition. 

Medications, surgery, and shock wave therapy can all be used to effectively address physical causes of erectile dysfunction. If you’re suffering from a psychological issue, psychotherapy can help you regain sexual function. 

The Gaia Urology medical team works patients to determine the best treatment method for each individual’s condition. 

Who is at risk for erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is often associated with aging, but it isn’t an inevitable condition. A number of medications, conditions, and lifestyle choices can increase your risk for erectile dysfunction. Risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Drug use
  • Lack of physical activity

Managing these risks can help you avoid erectile dysfunction. During your visit, your doctor performs a health evaluation to identify possible contributors to your condition.

To learn how you can regain your sexual functions, book an appointment at Gaia Urology P.C. by phone today.