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What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. ED takes many form. Some men with ED are unable to achieve an erection under any circumstances, while others can occasionally become erect. You can also suffer from ED if you have no trouble getting an erection, but can’t consistently sustain an erection sufficient for satisfying sexual intercourse.

ED can affect men of any age, but it’s more common as men get older. For younger men, it’s been shown that psychological issues are more often the cause of ED, but in older men, the cause could be due to an underlying physical issues, like heart disease or diabetes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes ED?

Studies show that only 20% of the causes for ED are due to a psychological problem or disorder. Physical issues like heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and smoking are common causes of ED. Even a perfectly healthy man can develop ED after a brain or spinal cord injury. ED can be a side effect of certain medications or operations like prostate gland removal.

If you’re concerned about erectile dysfunction, talk to your doctor — even if you’re embarrassed. Sometimes, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments like penile implant surgery might be needed.

Can I prevent ED?

Because erections depend upon a strong blood flow to the penis, taking measures that reduce your risk of heart disease may also prevent or improve your erectile dysfunction. These include:

    • Exercising at least 150 minutes a week
    • Seeing your doctor for regular checkups and medical screening tests
    • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight
    • Stopping smoking, limiting or avoiding alcohol, and not using illegal drugs
    • Monitoring cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and obtaining treatment for them if needed
    • Getting help for anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns
What are treatment options for ED?

Since no two men are alike, the best treatment plan will depend on the underlying cause of your problem. That’s why it’s important to make an appointment with a qualified specialist to discuss different treatment options, like medication or penile implants. To make an appointment with a Baton Rouge Clinic Urologist, call (225) 246-9240 today!

Does my insurance cover Penile Prosthesis?

Penile prosthesis surgery is covered by Medicare and most private insurances. Call your insurance provider for your specific coverage information.

If you and your doctor decide that Penile Implant Surgery is right for you, your doctor will provide you with more detailed information relating to your specific treatment plan.

Interested in a Penile Implant or other ED treatments? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Meredith Rosenzweig at (225) 246-9240 to see if you qualify for the procedure or other treatment options.