Erectile dysfunction (impotence) occurs when a man can no longer get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. But if erectile dysfunction is an ongoing problem, it may cause stress, cause relationship problems or affect your self-confidence.
Even though it may seem awkward to talk with your doctor about erectile dysfunction, go in for an evaluation. Problems getting or keeping an erection can be a sign of a health condition that needs treatment, such as heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes. Treating an underlying problem may be enough to reverse your erectile dysfunction.
If treating an underlying condition doesn’t help your erectile dysfunction, medications or other direct treatments may work.
Erectile dysfunction symptoms may include persistent:
- Trouble getting an erection
- Trouble keeping an erection
- Reduced sexual desire
When to see a doctor
A family doctor is a good place to start when you have erectile problems. See your doctor if:
- Erectile or other sexual problems are an issue for you or your partner
- You have diabetes, heart disease or another known health problem that may be linked to erectile dysfunction
- You have other symptoms along with erectile dysfunction that may not seem related
How To Find a Pediatric Urologist?
Pediatric urology is the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired urological conditions and diseases in children. A pediatric urologist treat urological conditions of the male reproductive system, such as an undescended testicle, and the male and female urinary tracts of children. The most common urological condition a pediatric urologist treats is urinary tract infection.
There are unique challenges a pediatric urologist faces because they care for children. Children are someonetimes unwilling to say what is bothering them. They may not always answer medical questions and are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a urological examination. A pediatric urologist should know how to examine and treat children in a way that they feel cooperative and relaxed. In addition, a pediatric urologist conducting urological examinations on children often use equipment specially designed for children.
A pediatric urologist generally providea the following urological services: Evaluation and management of voiding disorders, vesicoureteral reflux, and urinary tract infections that require surgery. They also carry out surgical reconstruction of the urinary tract, genital abnormalities, hypospadias, and intersex conditions.
The following are factors to consider when searching for the right pediatric urologist for your child.
1) Academic history – It is useful to know the specialty and subspecialty of a pediatric urologist
2) Board certification and continuing education – A pediatric urologist who is board-certified has taken several extra years of specialty training and passed a rigorous board examination. Continuing education is crucial in the field of medicine as information is constantly changing and going out-of-date.
3) Hospital Affiliations – Information about a doctor’s hospital affiliations will tell you if the pediatric urologist has privileges at a particular hospital and also serves to attest to his credentials. It is recommended that your primary care doctor have privileges where your surgeon does so that the primary doctor can manage your general care following a surgical admission.