Dr. Fred Grossman of Male Care Center explains commons misconceptions about erectile dysfunction (ED). By separating the medical facts about ED from common disbeliefs, Dr. Grossman offers hope with multiple methods of modern treatment that bring relief from this widespread condition.
“Many men — especially younger, healthy-appearing men — have the idea that this is ‘in their head’ — a psychological or situational problem,” says Dr. Grossman, an American Board of Urology–certified urologist who specializes in male sexual disorders. “But in a large number of men with erectile dysfunction, three of four will have a physical problem as the cause.”
The Mayo Clinic agrees. “Problems getting or keeping an erection can be a sign of a health condition that needs treatment, such as heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes. Treating an underlying problem may be enough to reverse your erectile dysfunction.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, “Your doctor can offer several new treatments for ED. For many men, the answer is as simple as taking a pill. Getting more exercise, losing weight, or stopping smoking may also help.”
Dr. Grossman cautions against relying on “the blue pill” as the only answer. “These pills, or any of the three other similar drugs in the same family, do not always cure the problem. They work only for maybe six or seven cases out of 10.”
“You can’t walk into a family doctor or a primary care doctor with this problem and have some pills thrown at you, expecting that it will make you better,” says Dr. Grossman. “When the problem is significant and lasting — not just transient or temporary — the patient should spend some time with his doctor, who can examine the patient, do laboratory work, and bring the patient back to determine whether or not the pills worked. There are other tests that can be performed and other methods of treatment.”
Other factors may contribute to ED. “Many drugs can cause erectile dysfunction,” explains Dr. Grossman. “The most common drugs that may cause erectile dysfunction are antidepressants. The second most-common drugs that cause it are those used to treat high blood pressure. Certain prescription drugs can be causative; the treating doctor must know which ones to prescribe and their possible secondary effects on the patient.”
Dr. Fred Grossman has successfully helped patients with erectile dysfunction and other male sexual dysfunction for more than 30 years. A past president of the Rocky Mountain Urological Society and a staff member at several prominent Denver-area hospitals, Dr. Grossman and Male Care Center stand ready to help men in the Denver area who are afflicted with ED. Contact Dr. Grossman at: Male Care Center, 4545 East 9th Avenue, Suite 375, Denver, CO 80220. Call at (303) 571-1355 or visit on the Web at http://www.malecarecenter.com