Up to 10 percent of men experience some form of sexual dysfunction, such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, impotence, or problems with ejaculation. These conditions are most often caused by physical problems that can be treated successfully. Common causes may include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Kidney failure
- Neurological disorders
- Prescription medicines
- Some surgeries or cancer treatments
Your University of Miami Health System urologist can help uncover the cause of the problem and provide comprehensive care to improve your health and vitality.
Our behavioral health experts can help men who are experiencing sexual dysfunction due to stress, anxiety, relationship problems, or other reasons not related to physical health. Counseling can help you develop a healthier relationship with sex.
Medicines can improve blood flow to the penis to help with erectile dysfunction.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
If you have low testosterone levels, hormone replacement therapy can help you achieve better sexual function or higher libido.
External Vacuum Devices
These devices can help you achieve an erection by pumping blood into the penis.
Penile injections can dilate (widen) the arteries in your penis, allowing them to fill with blood to create an erection.
Microsurgery is a technique that uses tiny instruments and a microscope. Your urologist can improve blood flow to your penis by repairing veins and arteries in the penis or redirecting blood vessels to the area.
Penile Rod Implant
For men with erectile dysfunction, semi-rigid penile implant rods can help you maintain an erection. These rods are implanted during surgery and allow the penis to be bent upwards or downwards as needed.
Inflatable Penile Implant
If you have erectile dysfunction, you may benefit from an inflatable penile implant. During surgery, your urologist inserts inflatable cylinders into your penis. These cylinders can be filled with fluid (contained in an implant in your abdomen or scrotum) to create an erection. Fluid can then be released using a valve implanted into the scrotum.
New studies suggest that using low-intensity shockwaves can help promote penis health and treat erectile dysfunction. Shockwaves are delivered through a specialized device.
Your urologist may perform an exam to look for physical problems that may cause sexual dysfunction. Your doctor will also learn about your medical history to try to uncover conditions, medicines, or previous surgeries that may affect your sexual health.
A blood test may reveal low hormone levels or other conditions that cause sexual dysfunction.
Digital Rectal Exam
Your doctor may perform a digital rectal exam to check your prostate. An enlarged prostate may interfere with normal sexual function.
Why Choose UHealth?
Innovative, expert urology care. Our team of urology experts delivers advanced care for all urologic conditions. We use the latest research and the least invasive procedures to help you feel better and recover more quickly. Our experienced urologists design a personalized treatment plan to give you the best possible results.
Leaders in robotic surgery treatment. We have some of the world’s most experienced robotic surgeons for urologic procedures. In fact, doctors come from all over the world to learn at our Urology Robotic Program — the #1 ranked program in South Florida. The University of Miami Health System was the first academic medical center in the world to get the da Vinci Xi robotic surgery system and has completed more than 5,000 robotic surgeries — procedures that offer less pain and scarring and a faster recovery.
Multidisciplinary approach to care. Your doctor works closely with specialists in radiology, behavioral health, and surgery to offer comprehensive treatment. You have a team of experts on your side.
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