Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile Dysfunction

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, is defined as the inability to get or maintain a firm erection for sexual activity. This tends to affect older men, but it can also affect younger men due to a number of factors. Erectile dysfunction in Singapore is a common sexual problem. However, many are too embarrassed to seek help.

We urge anyone affected to seek medical attention, because there is often an underlying medical cause worth identifying, and help is available to resolve the problem. At our clinic, we provide a detailed analysis of the underlying cause and recommend the best and most sustainable method of treatment that is individualized to the patient’s lifestyle.

The likelihood of erectile dysfunction increases with factors such as age, chronic diseases, smoking, medication, low testosterone and obesity.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction may manifest itself in the following ways:

  1. Inability to have or maintain an erection
  2. Problems with maintaining an erection for a sufficient duration
  3. A decrease in the desire for sexual activity

What Are the Main Causes of Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a variety of physical and emotional factors. Physical causes include the following:

  1. Cardiovascular disease (e.g. blockage of blood vessels)
  2. High cholesterol level
  3. High blood pressure
  4. Diabetes
  5. Obesity
  6. Parkinson’s disease
  7. Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  8. Smoking
  9. Metabolic syndrome
  10. Scar tissue inside the penis (Peyronie’s Disease)
  11. Alcoholism or substance abuse
  12. Pelvic or spinal cord damage due to trauma or surgery
  13. Low testosterone levels (hypogonadism)

In addition to physical factors, emotional factors may also contribute to the development of erectile dysfunction. These include:

  1. Stress
  2. Mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety

How is Erectile Dysfunction Diagnosed?

Diagnosing erectile dysfunction involves a review of one’s medical history, a physical examination, and possibly additional laboratory tests. During the physical examination, the doctor will check for physical abnormalities and assess nerve sensitivity in the genital area. They may also order blood tests, urine tests (urinalysis), or ultrasound scans to identify underlying factors that may have contributed to the condition.

What are the Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction?

There are a variety of erectile dysfunction treatments in Singapore based on the underlying cause and severity. Among them are:

  1. Oral Medications - A doctor may prescribe medications to treat symptoms of erectile dysfunction and improve sexual function by increasing blood circulation to the penis.
  2. Testosterone Therapy - This therapy may help in mild cases of erectile dysfunction in men who have abnormally low testosterone levels.
  3. Injection Therapy - A thin needle is used to inject certain medications into the penis in order to help induce an erection.
  4. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) - This procedure applies low-intensity shock waves to improve penile blood flow and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in the erectile tissue.
  5. Surgical Treatment - This is one form of erectile dysfunction treatment in Singapore in which a penile implant or penile prosthesis is inserted into the body to improve erections.

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