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You Can Enjoy a Healthy Sex Life Again

Whether you are experiencing decreased sexual desire, problems with ejaculation or erectile dysfunction (ED), the team of specialists at the Center for Sexual Function can help.

We work together with experts in urology and other fields to determine any underlying medical cause for your symptoms. We also take time to talk with you about any other potential factors that could be affecting your sexual health. Ultimately, our goal is to find the right treatment to get you back to a full and satisfying sex life.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

During your initial evaluation, our goal is to determine the type of sexual dysfunction you are experiencing and to investigate the possible causes. Your first appointment includes:

  • A detailed medical history, including a list of current medications
  • Blood test, to check hormone levels (in some cases)
  • Conversation about your sexual problems and symptoms
  • Physical examination

Treatment Options

The first step to returning you to sexual function is treating any existing medical condition that may be causing your symptoms. In addition to treatment for underlying conditions, other treatment to increase your sexual function may include:

  • Hormone treatment—if your body is deficient in certain hormones, such as testosterone, it can cause symptoms that affect your sexual function. Hormone therapy can help balance your levels and reduce your symptoms.
  • Medical devices—such as a vacuum pump, constriction rings and penile implants may help return your sexual function.
  • Medications—prescription drugs such as Viagra (aildenafil), Levitra (vardenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil) may help return your sexual function.
  • Medication adjustment—if you are taking medication for another condition, it may be causing symptoms that affect your sexual function. Adjusting your dosages or trying a different medication may help.
  • Sex therapy—if your symptoms are related to emotional factors such as relationship difficulties or anxiety-related issues, counseling with a licensed sex therapist can help.