ED

Eric K. Seaman, MD -  - Urologist

Male Fertility Doc

Eric K. Seaman, MD

Urologist located in Millburn, NJ

While many men feel hesitant to bring it up with their doctor, erectile dysfunction (ED) is a very common condition that luckily is often also completely reversible. Depending on its cause, Eric K. Seaman, M.D., in Millburn, New Jersey, can treat ED with a combination of lifestyle changes and medication. For diagnosis and more information on your treatment options, call the office at Male Fertility Doc or schedule an appointment online today.

Erectile Dysfuntion Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence, is a condition where you’re unable to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sex. While having erection problems on occasion is not cause for concern, ED that occurs regularly can put stress on you and your relationship, and can sometimes be a symptom of another condition that requires attention.

While many men are hesitant to talk about this with their doctor, Dr. Seaman can often reverse erectile dysfunction, either by treating the underlying problems or with the help of medication and recommending lifestyle changes.

What causes ED?

Sexual arousal is a complex process, so there’s a variety of potential causes for erectile dysfunction. Stress is often a major factor in ED, and in many cases, the cause is both mental and physical. However, erectile dysfunction can also be a symptom of a deeper physical issue, including:

  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Alcoholism
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Surgeries involving the spine or pelvic area

In many cases, the stress caused by ED can worsen the condition, creating a cycle. Luckily, there are ways to treat erectile dysfunction in most cases.

How is ED treated?

Treatment can vary depending on the exact cause of your ED, as well as your overall level of health. In most cases, unless you have a serious health condition, erectile dysfunction can be managed with medication taken orally before sexual activity.

There are a variety of medications available, and Dr. Seaman can help find the right one for you based on your symptoms and lifestyle. Various lifestyle changes are also helpful, like getting more aerobic exercise and quitting smoking.

How can I prevent ED?

The best way to manage erectile dysfunction is to address any underlying causes like heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. Make sure you find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, and try to lose any excess pounds. Also try to decrease the amount of alcohol you drink, or cut it out completely along with tobacco.

If you have any questions about erectile dysfunction, call the office of Eric K. Seaman, M.D., or schedule an appointment online today.