If you’re one of the 30 million men in the United States who experience erectile dysfunction, Greater Hartford Urology Group can help. Our physicians are erectile dysfunction experts who provide exceptional treatments for patients at Greater Hartford Urology Group in Hartford, Enfield, and Glastonbury, Connecticut. To learn more about how our team can improve your sexual health, schedule a visit with Greater Hartford Urology Group today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Having erectile dysfunction (ED) means that you’re unable to consistently achieve or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for sexual intercourse. Many men experience occasional ED, especially during times of stress, but for some men, the condition can be frequent or chronic.
There are numerous causes of erectile dysfunction. Some of the physical conditions that can cause ED include:
Emotional conditions can also lead to erectile dysfunction, like stress, depression, and anxiety. If you’re having relationship problems with your partner, that might also contribute to erectile dysfunction. Consuming certain substances can also contribute to erectile dysfunction, like alcohol, tobacco, and recreational drugs.
Although it’s not inevitable, the incidence of erectile dysfunction increases with age. Researchers estimate that mild or moderate ED affects 10% more men each decade of life (so 70% of men in their seventies, for example).
Greater Hartford Urology Group offers five FDA-approved treatments for patients:
Medications like sildenafil (Viagra®) or tadalafil (Cialis®) increase blood flow to your penis, helping you to achieve and maintain an erection.
An inflatable penile prosthesis is a device that one of our doctors will surgically implant in your penis to help you control your erection. They will embed a pair of inflatable rods in your penis, and connects those rods to a pump that’s hidden in your scrotum. When you activate the pump, it releases a saline solution into the inflatable rods, which creates an erection. You press a release valve (also hidden in your scrotum) to deactivate the rods and eliminate your erection.
ICI therapy involves injecting a medication (alprostadil) into your penis that helps you achieve an erection by encouraging your blood vessels to relax. You give yourself the injection 10-30 minutes before you have sex. ICI therapy will give you an erection for about an hour.
Intraurethral suppositories use the same medication (alprostadil) as ICI therapy, but instead of injecting it directly into your penis, you use a plastic applicator to insert a suppository of the medicine into your urethra. The suppository is very small (about half the size of a grain of rice), and dissolves in your urethra.
A VED is a mechanical pump that you put over your penis to help you achieve an erection. The pump creates a vacuum, drawing enough blood into your penis to help it become erect. Once you’ve achieved an erection, you slide a constriction ring over your penis that helps you maintain the erection.
Don’t let erectile dysfunction continue to impact your life. Schedule a consultation with our team today by calling Greater Hartford Urology Group or booking a visit online.