Reproductive Health

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Memphis, TN

Reproductive health is an important, and at times, scary, subject for many Americans. A number of reproductive issues originate in the vascular system and can range from aggravating to debilitating. If you’re experiencing reproductive issues, Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis offer the latest treatment options to restore your vascular reproductive health. If you’re in the Memphis area and want to know more, call or book your consultation online.

Reproductive Health Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Just about all males can expect some occasional difficulties with their erection, whether it’s achieving one or maintaining one for a desired amount of time. However, if you have consistent and recurrent trouble achieving an erection capable of intercourse, you might suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED).

Part of the reason why ED is so common is that so many different factors can lead to the condition. Though some of these factors are psychological in nature, such as depression or stress, a great majority are physical. Common examples include:

  • Trauma or injury that affects the pelvic area or spinal cord
  • Diabetes
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Clogged arteries (atherosclerosis) supply the blood supply to the penis

Our vascular specialists have extensive experience in identifying erectile dysfunction caused by vascular conditions, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. Since the vascular beds are all connected, ED might be a symptom of a bigger vascular issue, including effects to the blood supply to your lower extremities as well (Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD).  If PAD is to blame for your ED, our team performs an angioplasty procedure, inserting a catheter into the artery responsible for blood flow to your penis and lower extremities, removing any blockages.

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are the development of non-cancerous growths in the muscular walls of the uterus. Though they are very common and generally benign, they can cause symptoms for a small percentage of women, including:

  • Heavy menstrual periods, unusual monthly bleeding, and clots
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Bladder pressure, leading to an increased urge to urinate
  • Enlargement of the abdomen

If you’re experiencing symptoms of uterine fibroids, you might be a candidate for uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), also known as uterine artery embolization (UAE), which can shrink and eliminate your fibroids. Uterine fibroid embolization is an alternative to hysterectomies for the treatment of fibroids. Unlike a hysterectomy, UFE treatment leaves your uterus intact, which preserves fertility for the right candidates.

During the minimally invasive treatment, your doctor makes a small incision in your groin and inserts a catheter into the uterine arteries that supply blood flow to the fibroid. He will then inject embolic particles to help block blood flow, thereby depriving the fibroids of oxygen, causing them to shrink.

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