Erectile dysfunction is the inability to maintain an erection stiff enough for sex. It affects a significant amount of men and can be stressful and embarrassing to admit and talk about with a physician. While it’s normal to occasionally have trouble getting and maintaining an erection, if this happens on a regular basis, it’s good to get checked out and possibly treated with a medication.
What can cause erectile dysfunction?
Male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves your mental and physical well-being. Problems with your nerves, muscles, or blood vessels can make it difficult, if not impossible, to get and maintain an erection long enough for sex. And sometimes, when you get frustrated, this causes anxiety and forms a vicious circle leading to even more difficulty. However, the most common physical and mental causes of erectile dysfunction include:
- heart disease
- high cholesterol
- atherosclerosis (clogged arteries)
- high blood pressure
- depression and anxiety
- relationship challenges
How can I get diagnosed with erectile dysfunction?
Doctors will ask you a series of in-depth questions because accurate diagnoses come from asking the right questions to best understand the details of your situation. However, you may need some blood and urine tests that look for heart disease, diabetes, or low testosterone levels.
How is erectile dysfunction treated?
Depending on the cause of your erectile dysfunction, treatment can include medications like viagra or cialis, surgery, exercise, and/or psychotherapy (if depression or anxiety is a significant contributor). Often, erectile dysfunction stems from a few reasons that work together to make erections challenging. It’s important to cover all bases because you shouldn’t have to depend exclusively on medication, especially when it takes an hour or so for medications to begin working. Treating all contributing causes allows spontaneous sex that’s not dependent on taking a pill.
Can I get diagnosed and treated today?
Yes, we can absolutely get started diagnosing and treating you. Instead of office visits, Sherpaa doctors use our app to talk with you, order tests, prescribe you medications, and solve your health problems. Simply join Sherpaa, launch the app, create a case (“I think I have erectile dysfunction”), and your Sherpaa doctor will be in touch with you within minutes.
They’ll ask you a series of questions and order the required tests for you, if necessary, within Sherpaa’s app. You’ll go to a local testing center and your results will appear in your case within Sherpaa’s app. From there, if appropriate, they’ll prescribe you a medication within the app, you’ll choose your pharmacy, and pick up the medication in no time. No doctor office visits are required and you can communicate with our doctors when it’s convenient for you.
Occasionally, your Sherpaa doctor will send you a message, check-in with you, and see how you’re doing after treatment. Sherpaa is private and secure and we’re on a mission to help you live a safe, active life.
And because you’re a Sherpaa member, you can use Sherpaa for all of your medical needs, just as you would your own personal primary care doctor. It’s by far, the most economical and convenient way to get medical care from your own personal, trusted doctor who understands you and your needs.
Join Sherpaa today and get started.