ED Conditions & Symptoms

What is ERectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual activity. While occasional difficulties are common, ongoing issues can lead to stress, diminished self-confidence, and relationship problems. Moreover, it may signal an underlying medical condition requiring treatment and increase risk of heart disease.

It’s important to speak with a doctor at Rebalance if you’re worried about erectile dysfunction, even if it’s uncomfortable to do so. In some cases, treating an underlying condition can alleviate the issue, while other instances may require medications or other direct treatments.

Symptoms Of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

ED may include difficulty getting or maintaining an erection and reduced sexual desire. It’s especially important to seek medical advice if you have a known health condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, that may be linked to erectile dysfunction.

Multiple factors play a role in male sexual arousal which is a complex process. These include the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction can occur because of a problem with muscles, nerves, blood vessels, hormones, emotions, and your brain. If stress and mental health is not addressed that can also cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. Physical and psychological issues combined or individually cause erectile dysfunction.


Common physical causes include: 

  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels 
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Low Testosterone
  • Injuries or surgeries
  • Prescription medication 
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We Understand The Difficulties of living with ED

Our doctors address the issue at the source with the best treatments to get you right back into the game and feel confident again.

Shockwave Therapy FOR ED

Shockwave therapy has proven to be an effective treatment for ED. It uses high-frequency, low-intensity sound waves to improve blood flow, remove microplaque, and stimulate new blood vessel growth. It has a success rate of over 75% and offers a protocol that not only treats Erectile Dysfunction but also Peyronie’s disease. Other options include a healthy diet, exercise, and testosterone replacement therapy, among others.

It’s important to speak with a doctor if you’re worried about erectile dysfunction, even if it’s uncomfortable to do so. In some cases, treating an underlying condition can alleviate the issue, while in other instances may require medications or other direct treatments. At ReBalance we are always here to help guide you through to the healthy and happy you.

 

Common Causes of ED

Smoking

Smoking poses many health risks as it can damage almost every part of the body. Chemicals in cigarette smoke harm the lining of blood vessels, affecting their function and potentially damaging the heart, brain, kidneys, and other tissues. Cigarette chemicals can also impact erectile health by harming blood vessels in the penis. A healthy erection relies on arteries in the penis expanding and filling with blood upon receiving signals from nerves, which respond to sexual arousal signals from the brain. Even with a well-functioning nervous system, smoking-induced blood vessel damage can render an erection physically impossible. Heavy smokers are more likely to develop ED, but quitting smoking can improve ED symptoms. 


Alcohol


The consumption of any type of alcohol can result in temporary erectile difficulties. Short-term alcohol consumption can depress the central nervous system, which slows down the transmission of information between the brain and the penis, causing less penis sensitivity. Alcohol is also a diuretic, which means it dehydrates the body and increases urination, causing higher levels of the hormone angiotensin, which can narrow blood vessels and limit blood flow to the penis. Alcohol consumption can decrease testosterone levels. Chronic heavy alcohol use can lead to dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, which controls many unconscious functions, with ED being a common symptom. Heavy alcohol consumption can also increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for sexual dysfunction. Studies have also shown that binge drinking is associated with blood vessel damage.


Psychological Factors

Psychological factors can also interfere with sexual feelings and cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. Your brain plays a major role in triggering the physical events which result in an erection making well functioning brain chemistry a big contributor. Depression, anxiety, stress, and relationship problems caused by stress, poor communication, or other concerns can lead to ED.


It’s important to remember that moderate signs of ED are relatively common, affecting up to 5% of 40-year-old men and 50% of men in their 50s. If you’re experiencing ED, know that you’re not alone and that there are treatment options available to help. Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for ED, as multiple studies have shown that low-intensity shockwave therapy can improve the effects of ED. On the other hand, medications used to treat ED may present side effects or interact negatively with other medications, making them unsuitable for some patients.

Peyronie's Disease And Erectile Dysfunction

If left untreated, this condition which alters the appearance and function of the penis can can cause painful curvature of the penis. This makes it difficult or impossible for otherwise healthy men to have normal erections. While natural variations in penis shape and curvature exist, men experiencing pain during erections or sex should discuss the possibility of Peyronie’s disease with their doctor.

Symptoms of Peyronie’s disease:

  • Build-up of scar tissue: Hard lumps or bands of tissue may develop under the skin of the penis.
  • Penis curvature: An unnatural bend or curve in the penis, in any direction, with or without an erection.
  • Misshapen penis: Portions of the erect penis narrow, resembling an hourglass shape.
  • Penis shortening: Reduction in penis length.
  • Penis pain: Penile pain during or outside of an erection.
  • Erectile dysfunction: Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, despite otherwise good health.


Fortunately, there are treatment options available for those experiencing sexual complications due to Peyronie’s Disease such as Shockwave Therapy.