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Erectile Dysfunction

Delta Medical Clinic -  - Internist

Delta Medical Clinic

Internists located in Burleson, TX

Chronic problems with erectile dysfunction (impotence) can cause stress and affect a man's intimate relationships. Internist Kofo Ekadi, MD, offers erectile dysfunction treatment to residents of Burleson, Texas, at Delta Medical Clinic.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

When a man becomes sexually excited, the penis swells with blood and becomes erect. Erectile dysfunction occurs when the penis either doesn't become erect at all, or the erection isn't firm enough or doesn't last long enough to complete the sex act and ejaculate (have an orgasm). In some cases, erectile dysfunction can be accompanied by reduced sexual desire, while in others, the man has a normal libido and wants sex, but cannot complete the sex act.

Isn't Erectile Dysfunction Just About Sex?

Actually, erectile dysfunction may be an early sign of another health problem. For example, men with diabetes or heart disease may experience erectile dysfunction. Having erection problems may indicate hormonal dysfunction, blood vessel disease, nerve damage or mental health issues. A medical assessment may reveal problems that can be treated -- some of which may cause other serious problems like heart attacks or strokes -- and improve sexual function.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Heart disease, especially in combination with clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis) is one likely cause of erectile dysfunction. High blood pressure (and some of the medications used to treat it or other chronic conditions) may also be a factor. Stress, sleep disorders, obesity, anxiety, depression, and conditions like Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis can all cause or contribute to erectile dysfunction. Tobacco in any form affects circulation, which can affect the ability to get or sustain an erection. Treatments for prostate or bladder cancer and injuries to the pelvic area may also cause erectile dysfunction.

How is Erectile Dysfunction Treated?

The first step in treating erectile dysfunction is to try to determine the cause, as treatments vary depending on the source of the problem. A number of medications are available. Most are available in oral form, but injections are another possibility. One medication comes in suppository form and is placed inside the urethra with a special applicator. Testosterone therapy can help some men; it is available in a variety of forms. Penile pumps, surgery, and implants are other options. Counseling can help with stress, anxiety or depression.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Delta Medical Clinic, we accept most major insurance plans. Self pay patients are welcome. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. For inquiries on specific insurance plans or pricing, please contact our office.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
First Health
Great West
Molina Healthcare
Secure Horizons
Superior HealthPlan