A subject like erectile dysfunction is bound to be surrounded with as much legend as fact when it comes to causes and treatments. Check out these six common myths about ED and the facts to dispel the rumors.
high level of prolactin (hyperprolactinemia) may mean there is a small tumor in the
brain, which can affect other hormone levels in the body. When hormone levels
are affected, an erection problem may result.
Thyroid hormone. Either a high or low level of thyroid
hormone may cause problems with sexual desire or erections.
Blood glucose. Elevated blood sugar (glucose) levels
may mean the presence of
diabetes, which can contribute to erection
At this point, oral medicines such as
sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra) are often recommended unless an easily treated cause (such as
a medicine side effect or testosterone deficiency) has been identified. If oral
medicines do not work or your doctor feels more testing is needed, he or she
evaluation, if a psychological issue is suspected.
ultrasound may be done if your doctor suspects you
have a circulation problem (peripheral arterial disease). Even if
the blood vessels cannot be repaired, it may be helpful to know if you have
this condition because it may mean you have a risk for other blood vessel
In very rare cases, an angiography may be done. This is an X-ray
test of blood flow through an artery. Its usefulness is limited, because
treatment to repair the blood vessels that supply blood to the penis is
appropriate for very few men.