Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

David Boyd, MD -  - Family Medicine

P3MD

David Boyd, MD

Family Medicine located in Goodyear, AZ

More men suffer from erectile dysfunction than they care to admit, but it’s the most common sexual problem and affects as many as 30 million American men. Although it’s normal to occasionally have some problems keeping an erection, if it continues routinely, it should be treated by a professional. David Boyd, MD, at P3MD in Goodyear, Arizona, treats erectile dysfunction with a holistic approach that takes into account your mental and physical health. To make an appointment, call the office or go online today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is when you can’t get or keep an erection firm enough for sex. Having trouble with an erection isn’t a serious issue on its own. But if it’s ongoing, it can be a sign of an underlying health issue and can also result in serious self-esteem problems.

If you have problems with your erection, talk to Dr. Boyd (even if you are embarrassed) so he can prescribe the right treatment for you.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction has a number of causes, like:

Age

Men over the age of 50 are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction.

Drugs

Many prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs affect your ability to get or maintain an erection.

Lifestyle

Erectile dysfunction can result from unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking, not exercising, being overweight, and drinking too much.

Psychological factors

Mental factors like stress, anxiety, and depression are the cause for 10-20% of all cases of erectile dysfunction.

Other health issues

Chronic issues like diabetes, heart conditions and high blood pressure are also some contributing factors to erectile dysfunction.

Whatever the cause, if you experience erectile dysfunction, you don’t have to live with it another day.

What are the symptoms of erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction symptoms include:

  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Trouble keeping an erection through the course of sex
  • Reduced sexual drive
  • Painful erections 

You might also have a health condition that contributes to your erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction that doesn’t go away can be an early warning sign of other, more serious issues. 

If your symptoms get worse over time, there is probably a physical cause. But if you can sometimes get an erection, it could be a mental issue. Dr. Boyd can help pinpoint the cause of your erectile dysfunction.

What can I do to prevent erectile dysfunction?

If you have problems getting or keeping an erection or are at a higher risk for erectile dysfunction, here are some things you can do to help:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Review your medications
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol
  • Don’t smoke

If you have a chronic health issue, talk to Dr. Boyd to understand how it contributes to your erectile dysfunction and learn how to get it under control.

If you are having prolonged issues with your erection, call the office or go online to make an appointment with Dr. Boyd today.