Erectile Dysfunction Brisbane

 

Erectile dysfunction is an extremely common problem affecting men in Brisbane today.   It is often characterised by an inability to gain or maintain an erection during sex with one’s partner.  Latest statistics suggest that over 40% of men over the age of 40 have experienced erectile dysfunction at some point during their lives.  These statistics rise to over 70% for men over the age of 70.  So why do doctors take the problem so seriously?  The reason being is that it can also be associated with major health problems in men.  These is why it is extremely important to discuss with your GP if you are suffering from erectile dysfunction problems.

 

What Tablets Are Used To Treat Erectile Dysfunction?

  • The most popular tablet is Viagra.  Other popular brands that are used to treat it are Levitra and Cialis.  If you are looking for the generic drug for Viagra it is called Sildenafil and is considerably cheaper than Viagra is.
  • These tablets will work in 65-70% of cases when the dysfunction is mild to moderate in severity.  In the case where the tablets doesn’t work, injections into the penis or surgery for specific conditions will be explored.  Caverject is the injection that is commonly used in the 30% of cases that don’t respond to tablets.  It works for 80% of men.  Erections usually occur 10-15 minutes after injection.  If you require this treatment option you will require 2 separate visits to the GP.

 

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Low Testosterone can be a cause.  However, it should be noted that it is not a common cause.  The correlation between low testosterone and erectile problems is not well established in the scientific literature.  Low testosterone is linked with low libido, which is linked to erectile dysfunction problems.  This is why it is important to get your testosterone levels checked.

It is also very important to screen for any cardio problems.  This is because older men are at greater risk of heart attacks and other cardio problems.  This is why it is important to test for

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

 

In men under the age of 40 that suffer from erectile dysfunction the cause is more than likely to be psychological in nature (i.e., performance anxiety).  If this is the case, then the GP will usually refer you to a psychologist to develop some strategies to address the problem.

 

Want to know more?  Why not book an appointment with one of our GPs to help you get on top of your erectile dysfunction problems.

We also do Testosterone Replacement Therapy