ED Specialist

William T. Klope, MD

Urologist & Aesthetic Specialist located in Ventura, CA

If you’re having trouble maintaining an erection, you may be embarrassed to talk about it. But it’s important to get treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) because it can lead to depression, low self-esteem, and problems in your relationship. If you’re experiencing ED, call Dr. William T. Klope of William T. Klope, MD Inc. in Ventura, California, or make an appointment online to learn about treatments to help you regain a healthy sex life.

ED Q & A

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Most men have trouble maintaining an erection every once in a while, but if it happens frequently, you should visit Dr. Klope to be evaluated for ED.

Erectile dysfunction occurs when insufficient blood flows to your penis during sexual arousal or your penis can’t store the blood for a sufficient amount of time. The reason for this blood flow problem can be a physical or psychological issue or a combination of both.

It’s important to visit your doctor if you’re having trouble achieving or maintaining an erection, because ED can affect more than your sex life. It can wreak havoc on your relationship and your self-esteem. ED can also be a sign of a more serious health condition.

What are risk factors for erectile dysfunction?

While it’s more common in men over 50, ED is not a natural part of aging. Risk factors include:

  • Stress
  • Emotional distress
  • High blood sugar
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Obesity
  • Certain medications
  • Other diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, or multiple sclerosis

How is erectile dysfunction diagnosed?

Dr. Klope begins with a physical exam and medical history. In most cases, he can make a diagnosis with information about your sex life and lifestyle and an examination of your penis and testicles. In some cases, he may order additional tests, such as:

  • Blood test
  • Urine analysis
  • Ultrasound
  • Psychological evaluation

What are the treatment options for erectile dysfunction?

There are several treatment options for ED. The one that’s best for you depends on the cause of your ED, your preference, and other health conditions. Treatment options include:

  • Medication: to increase blood flow to the penis during sexual stimulation, such as ViagraⓇ, Cialis, Staxyn, and StendraⓇ
  • Testosterone replacement therapy: if you’re diagnosed with low testosterone (also known as low T)
  • Penile injections: medication is injected directly into the side of the penis for immediate erections
  • Pellet therapy: pellets inserted into the urethra filled with the same medication used in penile injections
  • Surgery: if other, less invasive procedures fail to treat your ED

If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, call or book an appointment online today.

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