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It's normal to have difficulty getting and sustaining an erection from time to time. But if your inability to have an erection happens frequently, and it's affecting your mood and relationship, you may be experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED). Dr. Cedric Emery wants to help you renew your passion and vitality through the treatment of ED at his practice, Pacific Wellness of Ventura. Call this Ventura, California office or book an appointment online today to get help.

What is ED?


ED is a medical condition characterized by the inability to get or maintain an erection long enough to have sex.


It’s normal for men to have difficulty getting an erection on occasion, but if you’re experiencing problems more than half the time, then ED might be the culprit. In which case, you should come in for an evaluation with Dr. Emery to diagnose and solve your issues.

What are ED symptoms?


Symptoms of ED include:

  • Low sex drive

  • Difficulty getting an erection

  • Difficulting keeping an erection


Besides physical symptoms, ED may also cause depression or performance anxiety.

What causes ED?


Physical or emotional issues can cause ED. Some medical conditions may also impair the blood flow to your penis or affect the nerves. Common physical causes of ED include:

  • Obesity or lack of activity

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease, hypertension, or high cholesterol

  • Alcohol and drug abuse

  • Smoking

  • Prescription medications

  • Low or declining testosterone


Your emotions also affect your ability to have an erection. Depression, stress, and problems in relationships may contribute to your ED.

How is ED treated?


Treatment for your ED may depend on the cause. Dr. Emery conducts a thorough in-office examination to identify the right treatment for you, which may include:

  • A physical exam

  • Blood tests

  • Screens for diabetes or heart disease

  • Psychological testing

Using this information and other factors, such as your age, current health, and medical history, he develops a personalized treatment plan. Treatments for ED might include:

  • Management of the underlying cause

  • Prescription medications such as Viagra®, Cialis®, or Levitra®

  • Testosterone replacement

  • Erection shot

  • Certain types of penile rehabilitation

The erection shot is an injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) put into the shaft of your penis. This treatment stimulates the production of collagen to restore the health of your penile tissue and generates new blood vessels for improved blood flow and nerve sensitivity for pleasure.

You should never take any medication or supplement for ED without first consulting with your doctor.

Can I prevent ED?


Making one or more of the following specific changes to your lifestyle may help prevent ED:

  • Eat a healthy diet

  • Exercise regularly

  • Minimize the use of alcohol

  • Stop smoking

Annual visits to the urology department also allow Dr. Emery stay on top of your health and may help prevent chronic problems that lead to ED.

If you’re struggling with ED, call the office or book an appointment online.

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