Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction, or ED, is the persistent inability to achieve and maintain an erection that is firm enough or lasts long enough to complete sexual intercourse.

It is estimated that ED affects about 1 in 10 men at some point in their life. And, while ED is a common condition, it is not a normal part of aging.

The occasional failure to achieve or maintain an erection due to factors such as excessive alcohol consumption, extreme fatigue or severe stress is common for most men at some point in their lives. Persistent ED, however, is often a sign of an underlying health condition that should be addressed with your physician. The good news is that almost every case of ED is treatable and our specialists tailor therapies to each individual.


What Causes ED?

Diseases and conditions that cause ED include:

  • Diabetes 
  • Vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol, can restrict blood flow to the penis.
  • Neurological diseases and spinal cord injuries
  • Surgery or trauma 
  • Low testosterone  
  • Medications
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea 
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Excessive drinking or alcoholism
  • Smoking
  • Use of illicit and illegal drugs


Treating Erectile Dysfunction

Men experiencing erectile dysfunction have choices when it comes to effective treatments. There are a wide variety of treatment options available and your urologist will work with you to find just the right one for you. 



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