If you’re one of the 30 million men in the United States who experience erectile dysfunction, Gerard Pregenzer, Jr., MD, can help. Dr. Pregenzer is an erectile dysfunction expert who provides exceptional treatments for his patients at ED Specialists of Connecticut in Hartford, Connecticut. To learn more about how Dr. Pregenzer can improve your sexual health, schedule a visit with ED Specialists of Connecticut today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Having erectile dysfunction (ED) means that you’re unable to consistently achieve or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for sexual intercourse. Many men experience occasional ED, especially during times of stress, but for some men, the condition can be frequent or chronic.
There are numerous causes of erectile dysfunction. Some of the physical conditions that can cause ED include:
Emotional conditions can also lead to erectile dysfunction, like stress, depression, and anxiety. If you’re having relationship problems with your partner, that might also contribute to erectile dysfunction. Consuming certain substances can also contribute to erectile dysfunction, like alcohol, tobacco, and recreational drugs.
Although it’s not inevitable, the incidence of erectile dysfunction increases with age. Researchers estimate that mild or moderate ED affects 10% more men each decade of life (so 70% of men in their seventies, for example).
Dr. Pregenzer offers five FDA-approved treatments for his patients at ED Specialists of Connecticut:
Medications like sildenafil (Viagra®) or tadalafil (Cialis®) increase blood flow to your penis, helping you to achieve and maintain an erection.
An inflatable penile prosthesis is a device that Dr. Pregenzer surgically implants in your penis to help you control your erection. He embeds a pair of inflatable rods in your penis, and connects those rods to a pump that’s hidden in your scrotum. When you activate the pump, it releases a saline solution into the inflatable rods, which creates an erection. You press a release valve (also hidden in your scrotum) to deactivate the rods and eliminate your erection.
ICI therapy involves injecting a medication (alprostadil) into your penis that helps you achieve an erection by encouraging your blood vessels to relax. You give yourself the injection 10-30 minutes before you have sex. ICI therapy will give you an erection for about an hour.
Intraurethral suppositories use the same medication (alprostadil) as ICI therapy, but instead of injecting it directly into your penis, you use a plastic applicator to insert a suppository of the medicine into your urethra. The suppository is very small (about half the size of a grain of rice), and dissolves in your urethra.
A VED is a mechanical pump that you put over your penis to help you achieve an erection. The pump creates a vacuum, drawing enough blood into your penis to help it become erect. Once you’ve achieved an erection, you slide a constriction ring over your penis that helps you maintain the erection.
Don’t let erectile dysfunction continue to impact your life. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Pregenzer today by calling ED Specialists of Connecticut or booking a visit online.