Erectile Dysfunction

Center for Advanced Urology & Robotics

Bassem Eldaif, MD, FACS

Urologist located in Melbourne, FL

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can interfere with your relationships and self-confidence. Although this condition becomes more common with age, ED is not a natural part of aging. Experienced urologist Bassem Eldaif provides comprehensive care for ED at the Center for Advanced Urology & Robotics. He carefully evaluates and effectively treats ED, so you can enjoy a satisfying sex life. If you live in and around Melbourne, Florida, call the office or book online to find out more about diagnoses and therapies for ED.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What’s erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the consistent problem of getting or sustaining an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. The symptoms of this condition include trouble getting and maintaining an erection and decreased libido.

The inability to perform sexually can cause one or more of the following problems:

  • Increased stress for you and your partner
  • An unsatisfactory sex life
  • Reduced self-esteem
  • Relationship problems

If you and your partner are trying to start your family, ED can also interfere.

What causes ED?

To achieve an erection, your body must have excellent communication between your hormone systems, brain, nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and emotions; thus, any vascular problems or extreme mental stress can interfere with your ability to stay firm.

In some cases, ED is a sign of other health problems, including clogged blood vessels, diabetes, or sleep apnea. Erectile dysfunction can also be an indication of heart disease. Dr. Eldaif always performs the necessary tests to determine if this is true in your case.

Other possible physical reasons for ED include:

  • Prostate removal or radiation therapy for cancer
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcoholism
  • Obesity
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Psychological problems like depression

Metabolic syndrome can also put you at risk of developing ED. This health condition is the combination of high blood pressure, high insulin, a fat midsection, and high cholesterol.

How’s erectile dysfunction treated?

Dr. Eldaif provides you with the best treatment options for your particular case. If lifestyle changes would help, he may recommend losing weight or quitting tobacco use. If there’s a psychological cause, talk therapy and stress-reduction techniques, such as meditation and regular exercise, may help.

When Dr. Eldaif suspects an underlying condition as the cause of ED, such as heart disease or diabetes, he provides the professional guidance you need manage it.

In some cases, oral medications may effectively enhance the effects of the natural chemical nitric oxide that relaxes muscles in the penis and increases blood flow. Dr. Eldaif works with you to find the appropriate type of medication and proper dosage. Notably, not all meds work for every case, and you still require sexual stimulation to achieve an erection.

For more information about how to resolve ED, contact the Center for Advanced Urology & Robotics by phone or book an appointment online.