For years the extent of sexual health medicine has been limited to treating symptoms. This is particularly true with men.
For example, among men, Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common, catch-all diagnosis.
But all ED means is that there’s trouble achieving an erection. Therefore the doctors at LJCSH believe ED is more of a symptom than a condition.
To get a sense of how over-diagnosed ED is, here are some statistics:
- 52% of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 have some degree of erectile dysfunction (classified as mild, moderate or severe)
- At least 1 in 10 men cannot get an erection at all (complete ED)
- The majority of causes of erectile dysfunction are physical in nature
- There is a strong association between age and ED – that is, the prevalence of ED increases with age, 39% of men at the age of 40 are affected by ED, 67% of men at the age of 70 are affected
Those numbers mean nothing without first understanding what’s causing the ED, and that answer differs from patient to patient.
The truth is ED can be caused by diabetes, poor prostate health, low testosterone (“Low T”) and certain vascular conditions, or could even be triggered by stress.
Instead of trying to figure out what’s causing the ED, too often doctors simply write a prescription for pills that may or may not even help.
Maybe you have a physical limitation that prevents your erection from functioning normally. Maybe you have a heart condition. In each of these cases pills are not only unhelpful, they may be dangerous.
That’s why the doctors at La Jolla Centre for Sexual Health believe that no one treatment fits all. The science of sexual health is intricate and complex. Because each patient is unique, each treatment must be unique to them.
Our completely customized patient protocols treat the symptoms and the underlying cause, giving you a richer, more successful sex life!