3 Reasons You Need A Specialist For Erectile Dysfunction
Your primary care doctor is often the first person who will make a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction (ED), but there are several underlying issues that can cause ED and warrant specialized care. Seeing an erectile dysfunction specialist can help you determine any underlying physical issues that might cause ED.
Vascular And Nervous System Problems
Many cases of ED are related to problems associated with hypertension and diabetes. Your primary doctor can treat you for these problems, but if damage has occurred, medications to control your condition might not be enough to help with ED. A specialist can perform tests to determine if there are vascular blockages or narrowing that is causing blood flow issues to the penis. If any blockages or narrowing are found, surgical intervention might be necessary to improve blood flow. Your doctor may also want to check for nerve damage caused by diabetes that could also contribute to problems. If the damage is extensive, ED medications may not be helpful.
Problems with achieving and maintaining an erection can also be a sign of prostate problems. Depending on your age, your primary doctor may do routine screenings to check the size of your prostate. If there are indications that your prostate is enlarged, you will be referred to a specialist. Most cases of an enlarged prostate are benign, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is typically managed with medication or surgical intervention to improve symptoms. Less commonly, an enlarged prostate is caused by prostate cancer, which requires extensive treatment. Regardless of the cause of an enlarged prostate, treating the underlying condition may improve instances of ED. Medications specifically designed to treat ED might also help.
Even after thorough evaluation by a specialist, the problem causing ED may not be identified. A specialist might prescribe medications for ED to determine if they are effective in managing the condition. Since there are various type of medications to treat ED, your doctor might have you try different ones to determine if any of them are effective. If there is no physical condition that is causing your ED, you might also receive a referral to a counselor or psychiatrist for further evaluation. It is also possible symptoms of ED can be attributed to mental health conditions that you may not recognize or acknowledge, and talking with a mental health provider could help.
Sometimes there are extensive underlying conditions that are the cause of ED. In some cases, treating the underlying condition and trying ED medications can help.