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Erectile Dysfunction

Suzanna Dotson, MD -  - Family Medicine & Addiction Medicine

Mind, Body & Spirit Med Center

Suzanna Dotson, MD

Family Medicine & Addiction Medicine located in Pembroke Pines, FL

Erectile dysfunction, or ED, affects up to 30 million American men. Although the prevalence of ED increases with age, many other factors can contribute to your inability to perform. Dr. Suzanna Dotson at Mind, Body & Spirit Med Center helps patients in Pembroke Pines, Florida find satisfaction again in the bedroom. Call her boutique practice today or schedule an appointment online.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) — also called impotence — is when you’re unable to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse.

What are the symptoms of erectile dysfunction?

If you regularly experience the following symptoms, you might be suffering from erectile dysfunction:

  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection during sexual activities
  • Reduced interest in sex

You should talk to Dr. Dotson if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, especially if they’ve lasted for two or more months.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Occasional ED isn’t uncommon. Both emotional and physical disorders can affect your ability to have an erection. Many men experience it during times of stress or anxiety. Sometimes ED can be an indication of an untreated health problem if it occurs frequently, or a sign of relationship difficulties that should be addressed by a professional.

There are many possible causes of ED, some of which include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Injuries
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Age
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Smoking

It’s vital to communicate carefully with Dr. Dotson to help you determine if an underlying medical condition is causing the dysfunction.

How is ED diagnosed?

Dr. Dotson will ask about your symptoms and health history. She may do tests to determine if an underlying condition causes your symptoms.

You should expect a physical exam where Dr. Dotson listens to your heart and lungs, checks your blood pressure, and examines your testicles and penis. It’s not uncommon for her to recommend a rectal exam to check your prostate. Additionally, you may need blood or urine tests to rule out other conditions.

What treatments are available for erectile dysfunction?

Treatment for ED will depend on your underlying cause. Sometimes, a combination of treatments might be recommended, including prescribed medication to help manage your ED symptoms. It’s not uncommon to try several medications before you find one that works best for you.

If you think you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, call Dr. Dotson or schedule an appointment online. She can help determine the best treatment plan for you.