Erectile Dysfunction

What is erectile dysfunction?

Commonly referred to as impotence, erectile dysfunction or ED is an ongoing condition affecting men who can no longer get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Although more common as men age, growing old is not the cause of erectile dysfunction. ED can result from physical, medical or psychological factors, or a combination of factors. These causes typically include:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
  • Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
  • Stress


The main signs and symptoms may include persistent:

  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Trouble keeping an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire

How is erectile dysfunction diagnosed?

Your health care expert will assess your condition based on your symptoms, medical history and a physical exam. Normally, this is all that is needed in order to recommend a treatment.

If additional tests are needed they may include blood tests, urine tests, imaged-based testing such as an ultrasound, an overnight erection test and a psychological exam.


Depending upon the cause and severity of your ED, your physician will discuss various care options to help you resume normal sexual activity, which may include:

  • Altering certain habits
  • Treating mental health problems
  • Oral medications
  • Self-injection therapy

Overall, our treatment options for erectile dysfunction generally provide favorable results for many years of healthy sexual activity.

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