For many men, a change in sexual health can be difficult to discuss – whether it’s with your partner or your physician. But it shouldn’t be.
 
These changes are often associated with the natural aging process but also can be related to an under-lying health condition.
 
Erectile dysfunction (ED), for example, can be caused by low testosterone levels, or “low T,” which can affect your ability to have satisfying sex. 
 
While ED and low T are actually different conditions, the connection between the two can be complex or isn’t always understood (some men can have healthy erections even though they have low testos-terone). 
 
Either way, it’s important to remember low T isn’t the only cause of ED. Pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease can also play a role as well as psychological factors such as stress, de-pression or anxiety.
 
Whatever the case, it’s important to feel comfortable when talking with your doctor about any chang-es you may be experiencing in your sexual health such as low sex drive or ED.
 
What can be done?
A frank discussion with your physician followed by a physical can help pinpoint any underlying causes. 
For men who have low T, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) may provide a solution. 
Your doctor may also recommend a medication designed to address erectile dysfunction, such as Viag-ra, Levitra, Cialis or Stendra, though some patients with low T may not respond to these drugs without also undergoing TRT.
 
Here to Help.
For more information or a health assessment, contact our office today. Call (803) 794-8776 to schedule an appointment or visit www.SunsetPrimaryCare.com to schedule online. We are happy to discuss this or any other condition you may be experiencing.
 
Sources: webMD; Healthgrades

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