Methodist Healthcare’s compassionate doctors are able to treat patients with the respect they deserve when dealing with personal conditions like impotence. Impotence, commonly known as erectile dysfunction, is a common condition in aging men. Though symptoms may vary, most cases of erectile dysfunction are characterized by a man’s inability to sustain an erection during intercourse or an inability to achieve ejaculation.

Doctors have found the following factors to be causes for erectile dysfunction:

  • Anxiety
  • Blood flow
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Low testosterone
  • Hormonal disorder

If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Before your visit, make sure to be prepared to talk to your physician about some potentially sensitive topics like your relationship with your partner.

Some questions your doctor may ask you include:

  • Your relationship with your partner
  • If you have an erection during the night or in the morning
  • Any prescription drugs you are currently taking
  • Any signs of depression

If your doctor feels like additional tests are needed after a physical examination, he may recommend blood tests for diabetes, heart problems or low testosterone.

Depending on the lab results, your doctor may suggest the following treatment plans:

  • Prescription or over-the-counter drugs
  • Implants
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Vacuum devices

Remember that any sensitive information discussed with your doctor remains confidential.