ED (erectile dysfunction) often is a result of low testosterone levels. It is a condition when a man cannot have or maintain an erection, or the erection is not hard enough to have sex. It can be one of the most frustrating symptoms for a man to experience along with their partner.
ED Can Have Many Causes
Even though low testosterone can be the reason behind ED, there are other causes as well. Blood flow to the penis is essential for an erection, so conditions that effect blood flow can also result in erectile dysfunction. Conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or hardening of the arteries can also be causes. With so many conditions associated with ED, it is important to make sure that your ED is caused by low testosterone and not any other condition before considering Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).
When Should You Consider Testosterone Therapy for ED?
If you are having erection problems for more than 3 months and other symptoms also include lack of interest in sex, passive mood and low energy levels – contact your doctor for a testosterone blood test. A blood test can be done to measure level of testosterone in your blood and if the results come out showing your T level is low, your doctor will suggest a number of options that can be used to raise your testosterone levels. These suggestions can range from participating in physical activities or eating healthy to testosterone replacement therapy (patches, creams, or injections).
How to Talk to Your Doctor About ED and Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Before going to the appointment prepare all necessary information, including facts about when you noticed your ED, your own eating habits, bad habits (smoking, drinking, drugs), and information about prescription medicine you are using. What you want to find out is in fact very simple: if your symptoms are long-term or short-term, if your ED is treatable, and, if yes, then how. You can ask him about testosterone replacement therapy as well, to find out about all your options.
Here are some questions you may want to ask on your first visit:
- What’s causing my ED?
- Are my symptoms long-term or temporary?
- Can my ED be treated?
- What are the treatment options?
- What if they don’t work?
- What will my insurance cover?
- Can I make lifestyle changes that will help?
- What is the next step after this visit?
How to Get Help
To learn more about testosterone therapy in the Mesa Arizona area, visit our page on testosterone therapy treatment or schedule an appointment with one of your men’s health experts today. Learn about the different options available and if this is the best course for you.