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Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

Joseph D Parkhurst, MD -  - Urologist

Urologist OKC

Joseph D Parkhurst, MD

Urologist located in Bethany, OK

Erectile dysfunction is a common problem that affects approximately 30 million men in the United States. Board-certified urologist and hormone replacement specialist Joseph D. Parkhurst, MD, FACS, offers a range of erectile dysfunction treatments at his private practice in Bethany, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Yukon, Moore, El Reno, Warr Acres, and Nichols Hills, Oklahoma. If erectile dysfunction affects your self-confidence and quality of life, don’t hesitate to call or book online for an appointment at Urologist OKC today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction occurs when you can’t get and keep an erection firm enough to have sex. Having occasional trouble getting an erection isn’t necessarily cause for concern. However, ongoing erectile dysfunction can cause stress, relationship problems, and low self-confidence. Sometimes, erectile dysfunction is a warning sign of an underlying medical problem. 

Symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire

If you’re worried about erectile dysfunction, Dr. Parkhurst can help. As a compassionate urologist, he helps many men find relief from this common condition. 

When should I see a doctor for erectile dysfunction?

There’s no need to feel embarrassed talking to Dr. Parkhurst about erectile dysfunction. If erectile dysfunction negatively affects your quality of life, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Parkhurst. 

You should also see Dr. Parkhurst if you have a medical condition that may be related to erectile dysfunction, such as diabetes or heart disease, or if you experience other symptoms, such as premature or delayed ejaculation.   

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Sexual arousal is a complex process that involves many biological systems, including your brain, hormones, and blood vessels. Problems in any one of these areas can lead to erectile dysfunction. 

Common physical causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
  • Alcoholism and other types of substance abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Sleep disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease

Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction include stress, relationship problems, and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

First, Dr. Parkhurst spends time discussing your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and medical history. He performs a physical exam and may take blood and urine tests to check for medical conditions that may cause erectile dysfunction. 

Then, Dr. Parkhurst develops an individualized treatment plan for your specific needs. This may include:

  • Controlling an underlying medical cause of erectile dysfunction, such as heart disease
  • Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and getting regular exercise
  • Getting treatment for mental health conditions like anxiety and depression
  • Taking steps to reduce stress 
  • Taking medications to treat erectile dysfunction
  • Hormone replacement therapy

If your erectile dysfunction persists despite attempts at treatment, surgery may be necessary.

To find relief from erectile dysfunction, call the office of Joseph D. Parkhurst, MD, FACS, or book an appointment online today.