Erectile Dysfunction

Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics

Adrienne N. Burrows, MD

Internal Medicine & Aesthetics located in Santa Monica, CA

If you have trouble getting an erection or maintaining one, contact Adrienne Burrows, MD, of Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics in Santa Monica, California, for assessment. With evaluation, she can help resolve your problem and restore a healthy sex life. Men in the West Los Angeles area can call her office or schedule an appointment online to get erectile dysfunction treatment.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

When should I seek treatment for erectile dysfunction?

ED, or erectile dysfunction, is the inability to attain or sustain an erection. It interferes with your ability to have sex.

You may have occasional erection problems due to stress or illness, but when it’s persistent and is causing issues with confidence and relationships, you may need treatment. Erectile dysfunction can also be a symptom of underlying health problems, such as multiple sclerosis or heart disease.

Many treatment options are available for erectile dysfunction. Dr. Burrows at Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics can help you determine which erectile dysfunction treatments are right for your situation.

What symptoms are considered erectile dysfunction?

Not being able to sustain an erection is an obvious symptom. Other causes for concern include:

  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Not getting an erection that’s firm enough for sexual intercourse
  • Reduced sexual desire

If you have other erection problems, such as premature ejaculation, these too may be discussed with Dr. Burrows.

Not addressing ED can lead to an unsatisfactory sex life, create stress and low self-esteem, and make it impossible to start a family.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

To achieve sexual arousal, an array of organs and health systems need to communicate and function properly. If anything goes wrong in these systems, it can cause ED. The most common physical causes include:

  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Low testosterone levels
  • Diabetes or metabolic syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peyronie’s disease

Some prescription medications can cause ED as can abuse of tobacco, illicit drugs, and alcohol.

Erectile dysfunction can also be a result of psychological factors. These may be:

  • Relationship problems
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Pressure to perform

ED can become a vicious cycle. You desperately want to achieve an erection, but can’t because you’re putting so much emphasis on it.

What erectile dysfunction treatments exist?

Dr. Burrows looks for underlying conditions that are behind your ED and treats them to help you regain sexual confidence and function. Once she’s confident that you’re otherwise healthy but still suffering from erection issues, she offers medications, lifestyle changes, and other therapies to improve your condition.

If you’re having trouble with your sex life and erections, call Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics for erectile dysfunction treatments or book an appointment online.