Erectile Dysfunction

Edriss Estimé, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Clermont Internal and Cosmetic Medicine, LLC.

Edriss Estimé, MD

Internal Medicine & Cosmetic Medicine located in Clermont, FL

Erectile Dysfunction Specialist
As a specialist in internal medicine, Edriss Estimé, MD, of Clermont Internal and Cosmetic Medicine in Clermont, Florida, works with his patients to find the root cause of erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction affects many men for different reasons. Impotence is not a disease in itself, but a symptom of another underlying condition. Seeking help from a caring and knowledgeable physician like Dr. Estimé can get you on the right path to managing this condition.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

by Edriss Estimé, MD

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection stable enough for sex. It's a problem most men experience occasionally, but for some, it is chronic enough to interfere with their quality of life. It's more than just a medical problem. Erectile dysfunction causes anxiety, feelings of loss and self-doubt, and can interfere with relationships.

Most men take erectile dysfunction as a personal failure, but it may be a sign of an underlying condition that requires medical treatment. Dr. Estimé works with his patients to make a proper diagnosis in a private and compassionate way.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Getting and maintaining an erection is a complex physiological process utilizing the brain, hormones, blood vessels, and nerves. Some body systems involved in achieving an erection include:

  • Nervous
  • Endocrine
  • Muscular
  • Cardiovascular

The reason behind dysfunction may be a combination of both physical and psychological factors. Some possible causes include:

  • Heart disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Peyronie's disease

Other factors that may cause erectile dysfunction include:

  • Smoking
  • Substance abuse
  • Drug therapy
  • Previous treatment for prostate
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • A response to a bad relationship–past or current.

Dr. Estimé will work with you to pinpoint the cause and create a treatment plan.

What are the risk factors for developing erectile dysfunction?

As you get older, it takes more effort to get an erection. This, coupled with the appearance of chronic illnesses like diabetes later in life, increase your risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Other risk factors include:

  • History of medical problems like cardiovascular disease
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • Nerve damage
  • Drug or alcohol abuse

Whatever is causing this problem, it's important to seek help from a knowledgeable specialist. Erectile dysfunction has a substantial effect on people's lives, yet it is difficult to discuss this topic with anyone. Dr. Estimé treats his patients with the utmost respect and compassion, and wants to create a treatment plan that works specifically for you.

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