Understanding Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction can be a confusing and complicated condition to cope with. Read the information below to learn more about ED and how you can treat and manage it.

  • Problem with an Erection?  How to determine if it’s ED.
    No matter how old a man is, there will come a time when they will find it difficult (or impossible) to achieve and/or maintain an erection.  And while a man might feel as if it is the end of the world, it is not.  Before you start having nightmares and screaming “I am too young for Viagra!,” take a deep breath and remain calm...
  • Introduction
    Get an overview of the symptoms, risks and causes of erectile dysfunction.
  • Causes
    Some risk factors are impossible for us to change, like our genes. Other risk factors we can change. Learn more about what may increase your chances of developing ED, and what you can do to prevent it.
  • Risk Factors
    Learn what factors may cause erectile dysfunction and you can change your lifestyle to avoid them.
  • Diagnosis
    Find out what other conditions, such as heart disease and prostate cancer, may lead to erectile dysfunction.
  • Treatment
    What are the immediate and long-term effects of erectile dysfunction? Know what probable outcomes to expect before they happen.
  • Oral Medications (PDE5 Inhibitors)
    Your doctor may ask you some questions during the examination, and may send for some lab tests. Being prepared for your office visit can help speed your return back to normal. Here you'll find what steps your doctor may take in diagnosing your symptoms.
  • What is ED?
    Watch this video to learn some of the causes of erectile dysfunction, and explore the possible treatment options.
  • Erectile Dysfunction
    Erectile Dysfunction - ED Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for his or his partner's sexual needs. Most men experience this at some point in their lives, usually by age 40. Incidence of the disorder generally increases with age. ED affects about 5% of men in their 40s and 15-25% of men by the age of 65. 50% of men over the age of 40 may experience transient ED and inadequate erection. Physical or psychological stimulation (arousal) results in significant blood flow to the penis. The arteries in the penis supply blood to erectile tissue, which become engorged and expands as a result of increased blood flow and pressure. This constricts the fibrous elastic sheathes that cinch to prevent blood from leaving the penis during erection. Causes of Erectile Dysfunction Reduced blood flow to the penis and nerve damage are the most common physical causes. Underlying conditions associated with erectile dysfunction include the following: Vascular disease Diabetes Drugs Hormone disorders Neurologic conditions Pelvic trauma, surgery, radiation therapy Peyronie's disease Venous leak Psychological condition