ED Specialist

Grace Medical

Alice Amah Ajim, MD

Internal Medicine located in Houston, TX

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common sexual health problem that affects around 30 million men at some point during their lives. If you’re experiencing ED, contact Grace Medical to schedule an appointment with Alice Amah Ajim, MD, at either the Downtown or Southeast Houston offices to talk about your symptoms. Dr. Ajim provides testing and treatment to identify the cause of your ED and restore your ability to achieve and maintain an erection. Call Grace Medical or make an appointment online today.

ED Q & A

What is ED?

ED occurs when you have trouble achieving or maintaining an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. You may also experience premature, delayed, or absent ejaculation or libido loss. 

While you may assume that ED is a problem for aging men, the condition can affect men of all ages. You shouldn’t avoid talking to your trusted doctor about your symptoms because of embarrassment. 

ED happens to almost every man at some point, and the team at Grace Medical is committed to helping you lead a healthy and fulfilling life. ED is often a warning sign of serious health issues such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

What causes ED?

When you get an erection, the muscles in your penis relax, and blood flows into your penis to fill the corpora cavernosa chambers, which makes your penis rigid. ED can be due to issues at any stage of this process. Many physical and emotional factors contribute to ED. For example, some of the common causes of ED include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship problems
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse

Your symptoms may be due to one or several of these conditions. Your doctor provides comprehensive testing to identify the root cause of your ED before creating a customized treatment plan to restore your health and sexual function. 

How is ED treated?

The team at Grace Medical provides customized treatments to address the root cause of your ED. They often combine medicine with lifestyle modifications to optimize your outcome. 

There are many ED medications that can address your symptoms. Some medicines such as sildenafil and alprostadil improve blood flow to your penis. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine to address other health issues that are interfering with your ability to get an erection. 

Your doctor may also suggest lifestyle modifications to address ED. You may benefit from weight loss or smoking cessation. They can also help you learn to manage stress or provide a referral for therapy if a condition like anxiety or depression is contributing to your ED. 

If you’ve had consistent ED symptoms for two months or more, call Grace Medical or schedule a consultation online today.