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Men don’t like to talk about this, but as we age, there are multiple changes in and to our bodies which can affect us in various ways. One of the most prevalent is increasing sexual dysfunction. 

Even without mitigating factors, it is natural and common for erections to get weaker thus affecting sexual performance. Having occasional erectile problems is normal. Persistent Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by serious conditions and should be evaluated by a physician.

As performance declines, so does our confidence- setting up a vicious cycle. This is a significant problem in our society and one that is generally under-reported and unaddressed. As with any other medical issue, no one should ever feel self-conscious about seeking help.

A recent John’s Hopkins study reported that millions of men over the age of twenty (20) in the United States have difficulty getting and maintaining an erection. And the numbers get higher with increasing age: up to 35% of men over 40, up to 50% of hypertensive men and as high as 90% of diabetic males.


What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction, ED, or impotence, is the inability to obtain or maintain an erection long enough and firm enough for sexual intercourse.



There are many contributing factors:

POOR CIRCULATION and HORMONAL IMBALANCE are the two most common causes.

Lack of blood flow to erectile tissue and plaque build up with damage to vessels can restrict circulation enough to disrupt function. Difficulty leads to complete inability, if not addressed.

Testosterone and other hormones naturally decrease with age, which can also be a factor.

Other contributing factors include OBESITY or lack of physical activity

SMOKING: by reducing blood flow to the penis and increasing oxidative stress

Increased ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION works by both decreasing testosterone and blood flow to the penis. It can also cause nerve damage and affect libido, performance and sensitivity.

Disruptions to breathing during sleep secondary to SLEEP APNEA as well as lack of sleep, affects the oxygen levels in the blood and disrupts hormone production.

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  •  Stress in and out of the bedroom
  •  Anxiety
  •  Depression
  •  Medications (beta-blockers, sleeping pills, anti-depressants)
  •  Relationship issues
  •  Thyroid, kidney or neurological disease
  •  Pituitary abnormalities or mental disorders 
  •  Poor dental health (sever periodontitis is associated with generalized vascular disease)
  •  Cycling and horseback riding (with its pressure applied to the pelvic floor during these activities, can result in nerve and vascular damage that may inhibit erections)
  •  Metabolic syndrome (Hypertension, elevated glucose levels, elevated triglycerides, central obesity and reduced HDL levels causes inflammation and hormonal imbalance that can lead to ED)
  •  Hypertension (and the medications used to treat it, disrupts erectile tissue function)
  •  High cholesterol (damages blood vessels- including those in the penis)
  •  Diabetes (A large percentage of diabetic men also experience ED because of compromised macrovascular and microvascular structures, the nervous system and blood vessel linings.)

How is Erectile Dysfunction typically treated?

Prior to more recent advances, ED was typically treated with medication. Phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors (PDE5 inhibitors) , increase blood flow to and relaxes the muscles of the penis enabling a temporary erection. These medications, however, reduce spontaneity, foster dependence and have multiple potential side effects ranging from headaches, stomach and back pains, vision changes and dizziness to life threatening consequences if taken with a lpha blockers or nitrate drugs.

Lifestyle and Diet changes for treating ED include reducing stress and quitting smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow and stress works both psychologically and also affects our hormones. Eat healthy, balanced nutritious meals- A heart healthy diet helps to keep blood vessels working properly. Maintaining a healthy weight and regular exercise will help in achieving overall wellness.

Other treatments for ED include:

Penile Injections: Injections into the penis by the patient at home quickly boosts blood flow to the penis causing an erection.

Penile Implants: Inflatable devices which you control can be surgically inserted into the penis. This allows you to artificially control your erection.

Vascular reconstruction: More extensive surgery can be performed to enhance blood flow to the penis and surrounding tissues.

Recent Advances at The Wellness Center

Unfortunately, medications, injections, implants and even extensive invasive surgery do not address the root cause of the problem

ACOUSTIC PULSE WAVE TECHNOLOGY Does! Electro shock wave therapy is an FDA cleared procedure which has been used for decades for muscle pain, frozen shoulders and the like.

This non-invasive, painless procedure is now being used on the penis. The acoustic sound waves clear obstructed blood vessels and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the penis, leading to significant improvement in penile hemodynamics correlating with increased erectile function. The procedure- A series of which are performed in the office, actually reverses ED and increases sensitivity with long term results. There are NO side effects! Most men are even able to discontinue completely their use of oral medications.

For even better results we might be able to combine your sound wave therapy with the “P” Shot- using PRP or Exosomes directly into the penis. So come in for a comprehensive Erectile Dysfunction evaluation and treatment program designed round your needs.

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Schedule your appointment with Dr. Marcia A. Harris, MD today 

to find out more about these life-changing modalities.

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