Erectile dysfunction (commonly referred to as impotence) is defined as the repeated inability to produce or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Some men with erectile dysfunction are no longer able to achieve an erection while others are only able to sustain brief and inconsistent erections. Although the incidence of erectile dysfunction increases with age, this condition is not an inevitable part of aging. If you experience problems that interfere with sexual intercourse, seek help at Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona. Our team of urologists will work with you to understand the causes of your erectile dysfunction and determine the best treatment to reverse its effects and help you return to normal sexual activity again. Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with this and other male urological issues, such as male infertility and incontinence. For male patients living in and around Arizona, we truly are the source for effective treatments that provide a better quality of life.
Sometimes waste byproducts in the urine do not dissolve completely and develop from microscopic particles or crystals into kidney stones over time. Stones that move down into the ureter, get stuck in the passage, and cause excruciating pain are referred to as ureteric stones. Cancerous (malignant) cells can develop in the lining of the kidney’s tubules and grow into a mass called a tumor, which is known as renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most common form of kidney cancer. At Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona, we specialize in the field of urogynecology and believe that early detection and diagnosis of these and other female urological problems, such as those listed below are important in providing patients with effective treatment options.
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There are many physical and psychological causes of erectile dysfunction, including, but not limited to, vascular disease, diabetes, prescription medications, hormonal imbalances, spinal cord and brain injuries, nerve disorders, depression, stress, and anxiety. To identify your underlying cause, the urologists at Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona will conduct a thorough medical examination. In some cases, they may suggest a series of laboratory tests, such as blood tests and urinalysis. Additional tests that may be performed include a prostate examination, ultrasound, penile nerve function test, Shockwave sound wave therapy, nocturnal penile tumescence (to measure changes in penile rigidity and circumference during sleep), penile biothesiometry (to evaluate sensitivity and nerve function in the glands and shaft during electromagnetic vibration), and vasoactive injections (to measure penile pressure as solutions known to cause an erection are injected into the penis).
Erectile dysfunction can be difficult or uncomfortable to talk about with your partner or physician, but it is a conversation that is necessary and important. For some men, erectile dysfunction could be the underlying cause of other, more serious health concerns. Whatever your erectile dysfunction problems, there are treatment solutions available at Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona. The key is to get help. Start by contacting us to schedule a preliminary consultation with one of our urologists.