Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction)


Millions of men are affected by erectile dysfunction (ED). It can occur at any age, but the condition is most common among older men who have other health issues. ED can be caused by diabeteshigh blood pressure, stress, side effects from medication, a nerve injury or loss of blood supply to the penis.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Usually, your doctor will be able to diagnose erectile dysfunction simply by talking to you and doing a physical exam. If your doctor suspects you have an underlying condition causing your impotence, you may need further tests.

Treatment will likely start with lifestyle changes and medication. Recommendations for erection problems may include:

  • Avoiding tobacco
  • Cutting down on alcohol
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Talking to your partner and attending counseling
  • Identifying and stopping medicines that may be causing erection problems
  • Taking prescription medicine that can help you get an erection
  • Taking medicine for anxiety and depression
  • Using a vacuum device (penis pump)
  • Getting a penile implant

We understand that talking about ED can be awkward, but know that your Mercy physician will listen to your concerns and treat your symptoms with sensitivity and expert care.


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