Treatment of erectile dysfunction, otherwise known as ED, with medications such as Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra (vardenafil) has arguably produced one of the most successful and profitable pharmaceutical marketing campaigns of all time. But, when men take these medications, are they really being fully served? These drugs are a “band-aid” treatment that may give men a false sense of an “ED cure.” Indeed, they might be wasting valuable time and missing out on less publicized and lesser known scientific advances that are now available to address the underlying condition early in the course of this progressive issue when it is most treatable.
That’s where Dr. Stuart Markovitz, medical director of the Charleston Men’s Clinic, located in Mount Pleasant, comes in. He specializes in men’s sexual health and not only treats patients with these ED medications but also uses cutting edge, non-surgical, painless, safe and affordable therapies that actually get to the root of the problem to eliminate or at least improve ED.
“Such treatment can eliminate the need for medication or allow lower doses to be used,” he said. “By getting the body to repair and regenerate small blood vessels and increase blood flow in the penis, we can reverse and slow down the progression of the underlying problem. If ED medication is needed, it will work better and its effectiveness over time will be extended.”
Dr. Markovitz is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine who has practiced medicine for 40 years and is very knowledgeable in endocrinology, the branch of medicine that treats hormonal problems. For the last few years, he has focused exclusively on men’s sexual health and has developed procedures and protocols to properly diagnose, treat and monitor patients with low and sub-optimal testosterone levels in a safe, convenient and affordable manner.
Testosterone is not only important in erectile function but plays a critical role in numerous quality of life issues such as energy, strength, weight, sex drive, mood, concentration, memory and confidence.
“Most physicians have only a limited understanding of testosterone and don’t routinely check for it,” he said. “If they do check a level, they allow insurance companies to decide how low it must be before treatment is started.”
The Charleston Men’s Clinic is an all-male-staffed concierge medical practice where you are under the care of a physician specialist who fully understands the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, endocrinology and psychology of sexual medicine and is up-to-date on the newest technologies and innovations.