Erectile Dysfunction

Shawn Blick, MD

Penile Implant Surgeon & Men's Health Specialist located in Phoenix, AZ

Did you know that 30-40 million American men are living with erectile dysfunction? Left untreated, erectile dysfunction can negatively impact your confidence and your most intimate relationships. At his Phoenix, Arizona-based practice, Dr. Shawn Blick, a men’s health expert, regularly works with men of all ages to diagnose and treat erectile dysfunction. If you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction, request your consultation today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is the inability to get or maintain an erection for long enough to have sex. Almost all men experience trouble getting erections from time-to-time. However, if erectile dysfunction becomes an ongoing issue, it can cause anxiety, affect your confidence, and negatively impact your intimate relationships. Problems getting or keeping an erection might also point to a more serious underlying health problems such as heart disease. 

If you’ve noticed a change in your ability to get or keep erections, don’t hesitate to seek professional medical help. Make an appointment with Dr. Blick today.  

What are the symptoms of erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction affects everyone differently and varies in severity. However, common telltale signs, include:

  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Trouble keeping an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire

If you experience these symptoms occasionally, there’s probably nothing to worry about, but you should see a doctor if:

  • You have concerns about your erections
  • You’re living with a chronic condition
  • You experience other sexual problems like premature ejaculation

Talking to your doctor about erection problems might seem embarrassing, but there’s nothing to fear. In many cases, treating the underlying condition is enough to ease your symptoms. 

How is erectile dysfunction diagnosed?

To diagnose erectile dysfunction, Dr. Blick performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing. If he suspects an underlying condition is the cause of your erectile dysfunction, he might also order blood tests, urinalysis, and/or a Duplex Doppler Ultrasound of the Penis.

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

Treatment for erectile dysfunction depends on the severity and underlying cause of your problem. Dr. Blick offers several types of treatment, including:

Lifestyle changes

If your symptoms are mild or moderate, Dr. Blick might recommend lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet and exercising more regularly. A growing body of evidence suggests vigorous aerobic activity can improve erectile dysfunction. 

GAINSWave®

GAINSWave® is a type of extracorporeal shockwave therapy that uses high-frequency shockwaves to enhance male sexual function, performance, and overall health. Dr. Blick performs this treatment as an outpatient procedure. It’s the only noninvasive measure used to address the root cause of erectile dysfunction. 

Penile implant surgery

If pills or injection therapy are not successful or tolerable, Dr. Blick may recommend a penile implant. The penile implant is the single best long term treatment for erectile dysfunction and is a life changing transformational treatment for the men who receive them. That said, penile implants are not for everyone. Dr. Blick works hard to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure to ensure optimal outcomes.

Don’t let erectile dysfunction prevent you from living your best life. Make an appointment with Dr. Shawn Blick today, by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.