Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction at Lowcountry Urology Clinics

The physicians at Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC have years of experience in the causes, symptoms and treatment of erectile dysfunction, or ED. Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions about erectile dysfunction.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual performance.

Sexual arousal involves a hydraulic process, where your body pumps blood into special sponge-like receivers in your penis, causing it to harden. Arousal often comes from stimulation to your brain, which engages the nerves, which cause the blood to flow. In short, there are many moving parts, and several potential causes of ED.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

ED is often caused by physical conditions such as circulation problems, cardiovascular conditions, nerve damage, hormonal conditions or drug side effects.

Less frequently, erectile dysfunction is a psychological condition. This is when thoughts and feelings prevent an erection, rather than a physical condition. If you are able to achieve an erection in your sleep, when your mind is distracted, it may indicate that your ED is psychological in nature.

How do you treat erectile dysfunction?

Treating ED depends on its cause. Your Urologist may prescribe medication like PDE5 inhibitors (e.g. Viagra.) There are surgical options such as penile implants, as well as injection therapies, external mechanical devices and others.

Treat Your Erectile Dysfunction at Lowcountry Urology Clinics Today!

Healthy erectile function can be an important part of your emotional well-being. Don’t ignore it, and don’t be embarrassed. There are many treatment options, and we urge you to explore them with your Urologist. To learn more about ED, please contact Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC.