Erectile Dysfunction Specialist in Covington
Louisiana Healthcare Associates Urology Division
Millions of men in the United States experience erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. The good news is that medical science has created several treatment options for erectile dysfunction. The board-certified urologists at LHA provide comprehensive testing and treatment for ED. To reclaim the intimacy in your relationship, please call (985) 892-6811 or request an appointment with Louisiana Healthcare Associates Urology online.
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Our urologists are dedicated to providing exceptional care to patients throughout the Covington area including Slidell, Hammond, Madisonville, Sun, Bogalusa, and Ponchatoula. The board-certified urologists at Louisiana Healthcare Associates specialize in testing and treatment for ED. Contact our men's health clinic in Covington, LA today.
What are the Symptoms of ED?
Generally, all symptoms of erectile dysfunction will contribute to an inability to develop or sustain an erection. A lowered libido can also be a common sign of ED.
If you experience erectile dysfunction in rare instances, and you have no other related health conditions, you should be able to manage your ED without much trouble. Such situations are completely normal, and should not warrant a significant amount of worry.
However, if you begin to become concerned about erectile dysfunction and how much it is impacting your daily life, we encourage you to see a specialist.
How is ED Diagnosed?
To diagnose any physical issues, expect urine tests, blood tests, and checks of your pulse at the wrist and ankles. A check of your penis and testicles is common to be sure they look normal. Your urologist may look for hair loss or enlarged breasts as a sign of a hormonal problem. All of the typical tests you normally get for a physical exam, including blood pressure, will be performed.
In addition, there may be three special tests to confirm you can physically have an erection.
- The first is done overnight. Most men have 3 to 5 erections each night as they sleep. You place a ring device over your penis before sleep. If you have erections, the ring will break. If that is the case, then ED is not a physical issue, but could be emotional or mental.
- You may also have a Penile Doppler Ultrasound which is non-invasive. The physician holds a wand over your penis to detect blood flow.
- A third test is an injection test into the base of the penis which should give you an immediate erection. If you don’t get one, there is something wrong with blood flow.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction: It’s common, and it’s treatable.
If you are dealing with erectile dysfunction (ED), you are not alone: nearly one in every four men over sixty-five will experience some degree of erectile dysfunction.1 Younger men often struggle with ED as well. By taking the time to educate yourself about ED, you’ve made an important first step in finding a solution to erectile dysfunction (impotence).
Erectile Dysfunction is the consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.
Erectile Dysfunction can be:
- A total inability to achieve an erection – You can never get an erection.
- An inconsistent ability to do so – You can only occasionally get an erection.
- A tendency to sustain only brief erections – You can get an erection, but can’t keep it long enough for satisfying sex.
What Causes ED?
As a result of recent medical research, it is now known that more than 80% of men suffering from ED can trace its origin to a physical problem or disorder.
For most men, the cause of ED can now be fairly easily identified. Once identified, proper treatment can be recommended that may help you return them to a satisfying sex life.
ED can be caused by physical disorders such as:
- An injury (i.e. brain or spinal cord)
- A disease (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol)
- Various studies have estimated that between 20% – 71% of individuals with diabetes suffer from erectile dysfunction.2
- An operation (i.e. prostate gland removal)
- Substance use (i.e. tobacco, drugs, alcohol or medications)
Other facts about Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence):
- Approximately 30 million American men suffer from erectile dysfunction.
- Most men with erectile dysfunction still have the ability to have an orgasm and father a child, but often have difficulty doing these things because they can’t get or sustain an erection.
- Erectile dysfunction is not normal and is by no means an inevitable consequence of aging.
- Most men at one time or another during their sexual lives are unable to get or keep an erection. This is normal and does not indicate a problem. However, millions of men of all ages experience this inability as a continuing problem.
- In most cases, erectile dysfunction can be overcome.
- Rosen R, et al. The process of care model for evaluation and treatment of erectile dysfunction. Int’l J. Impotence Research. 1999; 11, 59-74,
- Penson D, et al. Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetic Patients. Diabetes Spectrum. 2004, Vol 17, No. 4, 225-230.
Schedule a Consultation for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment in Covington, LA
If you are experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction, contact the urologists at the Louisiana Healthcare Associates Urology Division to discuss your symptoms and the treatment options available. Please call (985) 892-6811 or request an appointment online to schedule a consultation at our urology clinic in Covington, LA.