If you experience erectile dysfunction (ED), you’re not alone. This common and treatable condition affects about 30 million men and becomes more frequent as you age.
At Balance Hormone Center, we’re committed to improving your quality of life through individualized care and natural treatment methods. Gordon Hart, PA-C, and our team treat various issues ranging from ED to skin conditions.
We work closely with you to develop a plan to restore your quality of life and sense of wellness.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Experts once believed that psychological problems along with aging caused ED symptoms. Today's medical community disagrees. Researchers now say that most cases of ED are due to physical problems attributed to age.
The normal aging process is just one reason you might be experiencing erectile dysfunction.
In men over the age of 50, primarily physical causes trigger erectile dysfunction. Erections require healthy blood vessels and blood flow to the penis. For men over 50, it’s normal for blood flow to the penis to become blocked.
You may have a deficient vein causing insufficient blood flow or atherosclerosis (arterial hardening). Hormonal imbalances are another common reason older men experience ED.
Some conditions that trigger circulatory disorders and increase the risk of erectile dysfunction include:
- High blood pressure
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
If blood-supplying arteries harden, blood flow to your penis is disturbed. Arteriosclerosis can cause ED either by not supplying enough blood to your penis or causing blood to drain too quickly through your veins. You might even experience both.
If a circulatory disorder is the culprit, the blood flow in or out is no longer sufficient for a satisfactory erection.
Low testosterone can lead to low libido and ED. If you have low testosterone, you could also experience:
- Weight gain
- Loss of focus
- Loss of energy
- Reduced muscle mass
At Balance Hormone Center, we work with you to create personalized testosterone therapies to help with ED. Some treatments may include:
- Intravenous (IV) therapy
- Nutritional supplements
- Weight loss plans
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)
BHRT is beneficial for erectile dysfunction because it works quickly with minimal side effects. It can improve sexual performance in just a few weeks.
Medication side effect
Your nervous system controls erections by directing blood vessel processes. Some medications interfere with nerve signals that would ordinarily trigger an erection. Medicines for depression, cancer, or high blood pressure can also play a part in ED.
Lack of vitamin D
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for your overall health and well-being. Some studies indicate that a lack of vitamin D can lead to more frequent erectile dysfunction.
Vitamin D helps your body strengthen bones and process calcium. It’s also important for healthy nerves, muscles, and the immune system. A lack of vitamin D can reduce blood flow to the penis, which can cause ED.
A proper level of vitamin D can improve blood flow and reduce inflammation.
Treating erectile dysfunction
Aging, chronic illness, depression, and hormonal imbalances can cause ED or low libido. While ED is more common than you might think, we understand that it can still be a difficult topic to discuss.
Our compassionate specialists at Balance Hormone Center in Norman, Oklahoma, are here to listen and help improve your quality of life through natural treatment and personalized care.
To discuss symptoms of ED, contact us today by calling our clinic directly or requesting an appointment online.