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How Your Hormones Contribute to Erectile Dysfunction

Published August 31st, 2020 by Functional Health Center

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can affect your ability to achieve and keep an erection for the duration of sexual activity, which can cause disappointment and frustration. If this happens to you, you’re not alone. Studies show that about 52% of all males experience ED, and it increases with age. But how do you develop ED and what can you do about it?

At Functional Health Center, located in Bay Harbor Islands and Hallandale Beach, Florida, Solomon Behar, MD, and our team of experts understand what you’re going through. We have the knowledge and experience to help you with ED, using various methods of treatment. Although ED can be due to many different health problems, such as stress, high blood pressure, and diabetes, we want you to understand how hormones can play a role.

Hormones and ED

If your hormones aren’t balanced, you can experience ED. These three hormones play the largest role:

Testosterone

This hormone comes from your pituitary gland and your testes, contributing to your masculine makeup. It also increases your drive for sex, the production of your sperm, and the health of your bones.

Prolactin

This hormone is produced in the pituitary gland and can affect many other glands in your body, such as your prostate, and it contributes to your overall well-being.

Thyroid

This hormone comes from your hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and thyroid. Studies show that ED, premature ejaculation, and delayed ejaculation can be related to thyroid disorders. When you treat the issue, the prevalence of these problems lessens.

Treatment for ED

We can treat ED with platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). This method of treatment requires taking a small sample of your blood and putting it in a centrifuge to separate your platelets from the other components. We then inject your concentrated platelets, which increases the blood flow to your penis and increases your testosterone levels. PRP can also promote a release of prolactin and help your thyroid return to normal.

We offer GAINSWave too, which breaks up any buildup of plaque you might develop in the blood vessels of your penis that can cause restrained blood flow.

When you meet with Dr. Behar and our team, we talk to you about the best solution for you. No matter the cause of your ED, we can find a treatment to help you feel like yourself again.

To learn more about the causes of ED and its treatment, call either one of our Bay Harbor Islands or Hallandale Beach, Florida, locations or request your appointment online. We look forward to seeing you!


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