Allen Lawrence, MD, MA, PhD -  - Integrative Medicine Physician

Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness

Allen Lawrence, MD, MA, PhD

Integrative Medicine Physician & Preventative Medicine Specialist located in Thousand Oaks, CA

While erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition, it can be frustrating and embarrassing. If you’re facing erectile dysfunction in the bedroom, it’s important to learn about your options. Allen Lawrence, MD, MA, PhD, of Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness in Thousand Oaks, California, offers integrative wellness and treatment options for men of all ages. If you’re struggling with ED, call the office or book an appointment online today.

ED Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence, is the inability to get and sustain an erection for sexual intercourse. ED affects up to 30 million men, and it can be an embarrassing and frustrating condition that causes complications like stress, anxiety, and relationship problems.

The symptoms of erectile dysfunction include persistent inability to get or maintain an erection, as well as reduced sexual desire. ED is generally caused by restricted blood flow to the penis, but the reasons behind the cause can vary. If you have ED and other health conditions like diabetes, seeking integrative treatment is particularly important.

Many men with erectile dysfunction are embarrassed, but treatment can help reverse the condition. If you’re concerned that you might have erectile dysfunction, talk to Dr. Lawrence. He can help you find the underlying cause of your ED and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.

What causes ED?

It’s not uncommon for men to experience difficulty getting and maintaining an erection from time to time. But if it becomes a recurring problem, you may have erectile dysfunction. Sexual arousal involves physical sensation, hormones, and emotions. These elements help produce and sustain an erection.

Erectile dysfunction may stem from any of these elements, but physical reasons are behind many cases of ED. Some physical causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Obesity
  • Some prescription medications
  • Alcohol or tobacco use

Age can also play a role. As you grow older, you might find it takes longer to get an erection and it may be more difficult to maintain one. Mental well-being is an important aspect of sexual health, too. Men with depression, anxiety, or chronic stress are at increased risk for ED.

What treatment options are available for ED?

Making healthy lifestyle choices like eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight can make a significant difference if you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction. Managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can help keep you functioning at your best.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an option for many men seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction. Dr. Lawrence specializes in using bioidentical hormones to help balance your body and mind. HRT can be an effective treatment option for aging, sexual dysfunction, low libido, and more.

To learn more about bioidentical hormone therapy and your treatment options for erectile dysfunction, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lawrence. Call Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness or book your visit online today.