Men's Health

Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

What Is E.D.?

Erectile dysfunction, or E.D., is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Problems with erections may stem from medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis, drinking too much alcohol, or being too tired. Lifestyle changes, medications, and other treatments are often used to treat ED. A urologist is trained to treat this condition.

Causes of E.D.

An occasional problem achieving an erection is nothing to worry about. But failure to do so more than half of the time at any age possibly indicates a condition that needs treatment. The following causes are possible ones:


  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol or lipids)

  • Tobacco, alcohol, and recreational drugs

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Medications – blood pressure, pain, and antianxiety medications, as well as antidepressants

  • Low testosterone

  • Vascular disease

What Can I Do to Treat My E.D.?

  • Start exercising

  • Lose weight

  • Stop smoking

  • Drink less alcohol

  • Eat a healthy diet

  • Make an appointment to see the PeeDocs

Questions to Ask the PeeDocs About E.D.

  • Does my erectile dysfunction stem from an underlying illness?

  • Could any of my medications be causing this problem or making it worse?

  • Could stress or a psychological problem be to blame for my erection difficulties?

  • Are there other medications I can take?

What are My Treatment Options?

  • Diet, Exercise, Hormone Optimization

  • Medications: Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Stendra (There are low cost options available now!)

  • Penile Pump: We can prescribe a pump, some insurances even cover these.

  • Injection Therapy: Sounds painful but you only feel a little prick (Sorry, couldn't resist). This is a very low cost option and works when medications don't.

  • Penile Prosthesis: This is a surgical option and is a great choice for sexually active men when medications don't work or are inconvenient. See our page dedicated to this.